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V. VALE RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER JUNE 2013: Mike Kuchar, Picasso, Punk at the Met, Collage MBMBA


1B. LYDIA LUNCH & HENRY ROLLINS: The New Line of “RE/SEARCH Pocketbooks” – order now! (Some call them RE/Search “baby” books; they’re small & “cute”. Others call them RE/Search mini-books.)
2. Counter Culture Hour Sat June 8 (and May 11) 2013 – 6:00 PM PACIFIC TIME – SF cable channel 29, also simulcast on-line (see below): PENNY RIMBAUD (CRASS founder) PART ONE
3. **MEDITATION SPACE** [blank]
5. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing:
7. Recommended Links – send some!
8. QUOTES – from Picasso! and more…
9. Letters from Readers – from Australia, Germany, etc…
10. Sponsors (Please check ’em out! – they make this “free” newsletter possible!)


Sunday night, May 26, 2013, 7-10pm, we attended (in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood) Winston Smith‘s RENT PARTY, a venerable artists’ tradition which the now-permanent Depression/Recession has reactivated. RENT PARTIES deserve to have their own history, as many avant-garde artists have survived via these fund-raisers. Since their storied beginnings in, say, Harlem in the 20th century (wish we had been able to hear Charlie Parker at one of these), RENT PARTIES have been hosted. Even though artists make cities what they are, artists are forever struggling to pay the increasingly high rents.

We stumbled across an invitation to this fantastic event on FaceBook. Since we have 2,100 FB “friends” who post literally hundreds daily, we missed the original notification. (Memo to Self: Remove 1,600 of these “posters” who live in other cities and countries.) But, something made us go to Winston Smith’s FB “page” and we saw it and mere hours later attended. Here’s the more formal announcement telling us this was Winston Smith’s 40th Anniversary of Celebrating His 21st Birthday — good idea, here!

“Sunday, May 26, 2013 7:00pm until 10:00pm Grant’s Tomb, San Francisco, CA 94133

“TONIGHT! Sunday, May 26th! Dyslexic 16 candles!!!

“Join Winston and Chick in celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Winston’s 21st Birthday.

“We will be raffling off some wonderful prizes.

“First Prize – The ORIGINAL “Another Day at the Office” (the picture modified for the flyer). That’s right the ORIGINAL! Valued at over $2000.

“Second and Third prizes to be announced. (they included a Winston Smith book published by Last Gasp, and the latest album from Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine, featuring a Chick Fontaine child photo on the front cover—modified, of course)

“The first 100 raffle tickets are also ORIGINAL Winston Smith pieces – and we are selling them for $10 each!

“That’s right, if you are one of the first 100 people to purchase a raffle ticket, you get to take home a Winston Smith original – whether you win the raffle or not!

“Go to for more info. [We went to this website and were surprised to see a heckuva lot of Winston Smith “products” available at – Wow! Winston will be in L.A. (June 4?) for the screening of a documentary about punk band logos premiering at the LA Museum of Contemporary Art.]

“Nibblies will be provided by Chick Fontaine • BYOB!”

We showed up at 7:10pm (early) with our friend Martina from Berlin, her friend Jane (who moved here in 1963), and our pal David from L.A. There was an amazing food banquette: small roasted potatoes, asparagus, tiny beef sandwiches (uh, we don’t eat beef), cauliflower florettes, red peppers, wild rice with carrots, some sweet-and-delicious chutney, mushrooms, and much more. We ate small plates and then tried to exercise “first dibs” on the artwork hung on the walls.

There were two panels of “raffle tickets” on the far wall. The far panel consisted of miniature Winston collages which had been used as original “food vouchers” backstage at the Warfield for acts such as Patti Smith. Well, these mini-collage artworks were some of the first to go; our acquaintance Rose, who we met in 1978, snapped up three which corresponded to concerts she had attended at the Warfield, including the aforementioned Patti Smith show. The adjacent panel to the right consisted of one-of-a-kind Winston Smith “mini-collages” (4×6″), signed by the artist, and I went for the most “surrealist” themes. I mean, these were ORIGINAL (one-of-a-kind) COLLAGES.

Then I realized that this was a concept, a genre, a kind of breakthrough: the IDEA of the MINI-COLLAGE. You need only have 2 or more elements to make a genuine collage, an artwork. It’s far less intimidating to work in a 4-inch by 6-inch format than, say, an 8.5×11″ sheet of paper. (Having said this, we really liked the collages by Franklin and Penny Rosemont which were done on sheet music pages with someone else’s original music and song titles underneath.)

So our new mini-slogan is: MINI-COLLAGE MUST BE DONE BY ALL. Collage, as you recall, was **THE** visual art medium of choice for the Situationists and the first generation PUNKS. All you need are scissors, glue or glue stick, a sheet of paper and then you go to the nearest laundromat and find discarded magazines and start making your collage. Million-dollar corporate images can be recombined and “appropriated” into your new original work of art, thus bypassing pesky copyright laws.

Speaking of collages, Thur May 30 we voyaged about 300 feet to the Live Worms Gallery on Grant Avenue to see the diverse art show featuring (among other artists) Rebecca Peters’ razor-sharp collages. Amazingly, most of them (at prices like $125 and $140) had red dots on them, indicating they had been purchased.

Looking at these titled works (we subscribe to that Surrealist school of thought that says all “artworks” must be titled so as to lend yet another layer of metaphor to the viewer’s experience (remember Duchamp‘s seminal statement, “The spectator completes the work of art”?). Titles hopefully contribute the emotion of fun, sparking the imagination into play (or is it work?). Don’t know if there’s a name for this variety of dyslexia, but we misread the title of one collage as “The Creation of Longing” — and a beautiful, subtly erotic collage it was. Then we looked at the title card closer and saw it really said “The Curtain of Longing.” Well, well… which title was “better”?! (We of course liked both titles, but they are different thoughts.)… We also liked the “lino-cuts” of James Redo, and the strangely angular portraits by Harritte Ferraguto, who is also a good folksinger…

Free ART OPENINGS, besides “free” RENT PARTIES, are some of our favorite forms of socializing these days. Like most people we are reluctant to spend large amounts of $ on live concerts, and even budget concerts such as at a favorite club, Bottom of the Hill, still cost in the neighborhood of $11 admission, albeit for **three** bands or acts. Just prior to seeing Rebecca Peters’ collages, we had gone downtown to see a George Krevsky Gallery (77 Geary, 2nd floor) opening for 94-year-old Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, painter and founder of City Lights Bookstore back in the Fifties. We had a little chat with Lawrence and learned that he no longer patronizes the YMCA on Embarcadero near Mission St — well, can you guess why? Partly because he, sadly, gave up bicycling which he used to enjoy quite a bit. (Who wants to motor from North Beach to the “Y”? — it’s a bit far to walk, and there’s no convenient direct bus line.) But, Lawrence still drives his red pick-up truck to his art studio in Hunter’s Point, and, judging from the paintings and drawings (mostly of women) in his newest show, has not yet lost his zest for living. I asked if he drew from live models and he said “Yes.” So there…

Two of my favorite artists lived to be over a hundred years old: Leni Riefenstahl (films; photographs) and Ernst Juenger (novels). They both produced great books worth finding, savoring, and returning to. They both kind of summarize the 20th century — from its atrocities to its technological and unreliable-narrator-philosophical border-crossings, congruent with J.G. Ballard and William Burroughs‘ emphasis on Exploring Inner Space, resisting the “Control Process,” and really hating all manifestations of authoritarianism, authority sickness, and humorless bureaucracies. Plus, you know, “Wising up the marks.”

Which brings us to the modernist spectacle at the Met: the museofication of Punk Rock. Anybody “taken in” by this perhaps well-intentioned but infinitely critiquable “show” (in the fullest sense of “show. business.”) — well, anybody instinctively uncritical may be, well, just another lost soul addicted to the corporate mind-wasting media teat.

Our first thought: “Punk is a Spirit, Far More Than Mere Style“- referring to the Punk Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC (opening party was May 4, 2013)

We were gratified to learn that Vivienne Westwood made a personal appearance at the $25,000/ticket Opening Fundraiser Party at the Met and was “censored” by corporate media just as she began to speak out about Bradley Manning! She wore a Bradley Manning chestpiece — how much more contemporanenously-“Punk” could you be?! The media interviewing her predictably & quickly cut to the next personality.

Perhaps everybody in attendance at that celebrity-polluted spectacle was clueless about the Eternal Spirit of Punk as we know it: duh, it’s DNA germinative principles, not a surface style. And what are the eternal DNA germinative principles of PUNK? Almost nobody having anything to do with putting on the “Punk at the Met” exhibition knows, that’s for sure. It’s like these inbred, social-climbing undereducated “set designers” are pretending to be Shakespeare Himself when all they are capable of being are theatre-tech interns (certainly too lazy to do in-depth research on controversial, co-optable topics like, say, “PUNK.”

Having said that, it probably was a lot of fun to try to “re-create” the CBGBs bathroom, crusty urinals and all. And having lived through the First School of Punk Rock in San Francisco, I might observe that it took awhile before “Punks” started carrying around with them the slightly-bulky technology (you know, thick markers, spray cans of paint; not sure that Sharpie pens had even been invented yet) to begin graffiti-ing the bathrooms at the Mabuhay Gardens. In fact, it seemed that visiting New York bands in spring 1977 were among the first to graffiti the tiny Mab backstage “dressing room” — was it they who spread the virus to the West Coast?

I do remember one late 1978 graffiti which I long suspected Bruce Conner of penning: “I hate Vale because my father died at Pearl Harbor.” Well, who was old enough to have been born before Pearl Harbor? Not too many others. And, I always thought it was strange (yes, “unfunny”) that Conner gave me a hardback book on the topic of kamikaze pilots, like wha–?! … On that note, I like recycling the words of John Richardson who penned three volumes of a Picasso biography and is working on the fourth: “I know where the bodies are buried.” ‘Nuff said! Have a happy, creative year! — V. Vale

1B. MESSAGE FROM V. VALE: LYDIA LUNCH and HENRY ROLLINS: New Pocketbooks from RE/Search. Order Now!
**** Brand-new books!*** Finished; coming in a month: George Kuchar.
The 1st and 2nd in our new “RE/SEARCH Pocketbook” series of interview books. Order direct from http://www. ) – order BOTH and we’ll send you a rare “Goals of Life” w-i-p.
“Henry Rollins” and “Lydia Lunch” are now out! “George Kuchar” expected within the month. We’re working on “Ed Hardy” now… ***ALSO, we have only (4) PRANKS bike jerseys for sale, $75. They were produced by Bicycle Bob in a super-limited edition. They feature our PRANKS book cover on the front and back. If you’re truly interested in something rare -here it is – size: XL, L (M can be special ordered at no extra charge)

With the launch of the new RE/Search Pocketbook Series, we are finally making available these never-before-available RE/Search-quality interviews with Henry Rollins, Lydia Lunch, George Kuchar, Ed Hardy and more…

() RECENT RE/SEARCH BOOK: DATING A.I.: A Guide to Falling In Love with Artificial Intelligence, by Alex Zhavoronkoff, Ph.D. ($20) is actually the clearest introduction to what Artificial Intelligence **is**. See our promo video: The CLEAREST (& FUNNIEST) INTRO to ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: RE/SEARCH’s DATING AI! … – order from http://www.
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2. Counter Culture Hour – Sat June 8, 2013 6pm: Penny Rimbaud (CRASS) live interview, Part One.

The Counter Culture Hour (aka RE/SEARCH TV) is also simulcast ON-LINE as well as on cable access San Francisco Channel 29 — 6pm Pacific Time, Sat June 8, 2013
– see this link at broadcast time:
You need a fairly decent internet connection and computer to “get it.”
USA west coast: 6:00 PM Saturday, June 8, 2013
USA east coast: 9:00 PM Sunday, June 9, 2013
Tokyo: 10:00 AM Sunday, June 9, 2013
If you cannot get this online email us at

See RE/Search channel on youtube: “researchpubs”

Watch for Penny Rimbaud Pt. 2 in July

3. This is blank space a la John Cage aka “Meditation Space”!

4. FORTHCOMING EVENTS (San Francisco unless Otherwise Noted)

() $11 (or sliding scale) MON JUNE 3, 7pm Emerald Tablet-RE/Search Presents the first in its LIVING LEGENDS OF FILM Series, featuring Mike Kuchar IN PERSON, live interview by V. Vale. Also DVD producer Nico B from Los Angeles may be in attendance? Buy advance tickets on our site or email directly. RE/Search-EmTab events are exclusive, 40-person, limited-capacity get-togethers in a beautiful setting, with comfortable creature-comfort offerings! Plus, a wonderful household cat in attendance. So, be part of a kind of modern-day private club. (

() Thu-Fri-Sat May 1-June 29, 8pm Weekends May-June Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma The Next Cockettes Musical – Only at The Hypnodrome 575 10th St., San Francisco – Map Tickets $30 and $35 – remember this is LIVE THEATER, only 45 seats including special “shock boxes” for couples – highly recommended – Dan Nicoletta’s photos are available on these websites:
Gallery view
Slideshow view

() Sat JUNE 1, 11-6pm, Miles O’Reilly’s OYSTERFEST features headliner DEVO (our pick for the most lastingly-original so-called “Punk” band). DEVO is scheduled to play 4:35pm. We found $25 discount tickets at the last minute online. If you park at the UC Medical Center Parnassus Garage, there’s a free shuttle bus back and forth to the concert in SHARON MEADOW. At least 11 other bands or acts are playing on Stage 1 and Stage 2. Plus, plenty of oysters and Guinness brand beverages will be made available…

() Now in June: support independent filmmaking by attending SF INDIEFEST at Roxie Theater, more: – also go to

() FREE. Some events in June at our newsletter sponsor, Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno Alley –

() FREE! Tune in Thursday May 30th at 9PM on WNYU 89.1 FM / from 9 – 10:30PM on WNYU 89.1 FM in NYC and V. Vale interviewed by DJ DONA. It will be re-broadcast in Vilnius, Lithuania on ?? on StartFM 94.2 and online. We will post a link to the archive, too.

() FREE First Tue June 4: deYoung, Legion of Honor Museums FREE!

() FREE – this weekend – SFMOMA will be free for its last two days before closing for several years for upgrades and expansion. This Saturday the museum show Christian Marclay‘s “The Clock” will be open overnight. Also the Garry Winogrand Photo Show!

() $ Wed June 5, Roxie Theater (part of SF Indie Fest): premiere of Jon Moritsugu‘s PIG DEATH MACHINE! 82 minutes of authentic “Punk” filmmaking can also be “streamed” at

() FREE. Wed June 5, 8:10pm V. Vale plays piano (w/other musicians) at Caffe Trieste, for Fanny Renoir.

() FREE. Thur June 6, 7pm, Viracocha, Val/21st St: Acker Awards Ceremony. (also NYC: Soho House, 139 Ludlow St). V. Vale, Charles Gatewood, Peter Plate get Awarded! (& Others)…

() FREE. Fri June 7, 5pm on, 111 Minna St. ROB REGER unEarthed Opening Reception.

() FREE. Sat June 8, 4pm. ROB REGER ARTIST’s TALK, Yerba Buena Gallery Walk.

() FREE. Sat June 15, 2:30pm Steven Gray plays blues guitar at Grant/Filbert Stage of NORTH BEACH FESTIVAL!

() FREE. Sun June 23. CITY LIGHTS 60th BIRTHDAY PARTY! ‘Enuff Said.

() FREE. Fri June 21, 6pm on? Ed Hardy Book Signing, for WEAR YOUR DREAMS (new autobiography). at Sweeties Art Bar, 475 Francisco/Mason St in SF’s North Beach, Other signings Sun Jun3 23 at Moe’s in Berkeley, Tue June 25 at Soap Plant in L.A., Wed June 26 at Book Soup in L.A., Thur June 27 at Book Passage in Corte Madera.

() $ Wed July 10, 7pm RE/SEARCH-EmTab Presents: FROM JAPAN for JAPANOPHILES/JAPANARCHISTS/JAPANOISEFANATICS: “NAKED MOZART” featuring Japanese Concert Violinist CHIKO live, partnering with Noise Musician Donald Reynolds from THREE DAY STUBBLE. Very unusual, to Say the Least. – FaceBook: – show at Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, SF. Watch RE/Search website or FB or Twitter pages for updates! Only 40 Seats for this Exclusive, Rare Event.

5. What We’ve Attended or WANTED to Attend/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent/Given, or Seen

() $ Donation. Wed May 1, 5-8pm. Rob Reger’s Benefit Party for Emily Strange film at TechShop, 926 Howard/5th St, top floor,

() FREE. Thur May 2, 530-730pm, Stephan Wirtz Gallery shows MICHAEL JANG (Search&Destroy#11 contributor) photos. 49 Geary St, 3rd flr.

() $ Sun May 5, Castro Theater: w-i-p version of Rick Prelinger’s No More Road Trips new film:

() $ Fri May 10, McRoskey Mattress Bldg, 1687 Market St/Gough St – “I just got off the phone with Steve Dickison at the SF Poetry Center, who I’m working with to set up this poetry celebration of Nanao Sakaki… Is this something that can be re-posted on your newsletter/blog or shared with others who had an appreciation of the Japanese wild man, Nanao? In addition to an incredibly lush line-up of poets (Joanne Kyger, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Gary Lawless – and our own beloved Heyday Books publisher, The Malcolm Margolin), I have been informed that Jane Hirschfield is also now on board. mille grazie! -patricia w., who’s writing a book on Shig Murao, City Lights partner from 1956-1977? – An all-star lineup of poets — Gary Snyder, Joanne Kyger, Michael McClure, Malcolm Margolin and Gary Lawless — with guest MC Patricia Wakida reads in celebration of the late Nanao Sakaki’s new publication, How to Live on the Planet Earth: Collected Poems (Blackberry Books). Lawless edited the book, and Snyder wrote the foreword. Free to $20.
McRoskey Mattress Company, 1687 Market Street, San Francisco
SF State Box Office Phone: 415-338-2467
Nanao Sakaki (1923–2008) grew up in Japan, served in the Japanese Army during World War II and later became known as a poet and friend to American poets, environmentalist and counterculture leader. He was a founder of the Tribe and Banyan Ashram. Gary Snyder describes Sakaki as “a uniquely free and bold-spirited wanderer, occasional river or mountain activist, singer and chanter and internationally published poet.” Let’s Eat Stars and Break the Mirror are Sakaki’s best known collections.

() $ Fri May 10 7pm, C.S.C. 1349 Mission/9-10th Sts. Strange Attractors/Torsten Z. Burns video presentation

() May 16, 6-10pm CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE: The Best North Beach Party in years, judging by how many people “came out of the woodwork, from all over.” To celebrate the new Cacophony Society book!

() $ Wed May 22 8pm, El Vez (Robert Lopez from ’77 Punk Band The Zeros), plus his El Vez band (The Schitzophonics) at The New Parish, 579 19th St, Oakland 94612.

() FREE Sun May 16, 7-10pm. WINSTON SMITH RENT PARTY RAFFLE. For only $10 you can buy a unique collage or other rare artwork signed by Winston and this is also a RAFFLE TICKET to win one of (6) prizes. This event was jammed & totally fun!

() $ Fri May 31, Castro Theater Party for new Cacophony Society book! Details here:

() $ Fri May 31 – heard beautiful late Beethoven String Quartet played at Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, SF by the SAN FRANCISCO CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY (4 superb players)…

() FREE. Sat-Sun, all of May. Mal Sharpe‘s band, 1-5pm? Savoy Tivoli, Grant Ave near Union St, S.F.
p.s. He’s right out in the open, so just walk by to hear!

() big 10-page intv w/V. Vale in the old print version of SFAQ (San Francisco Art Quarterly) available at galleries, City Lights Bookstore, Tattoo City, SFAI, etc. Write RE/Search if you want a copy!

() Eric Christensen made a documentary including Yoko Ono, Mouse&Kelley, Roger Dean, Victor Moscoso, Ethan Russell. Bonus disc included. – 415.793.7301 – here are stories revealing how certain “classic” album covers were made…

() CRASS founders Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher were just here! Watch for more forthcoming Counter Culture Hour episodes with them! Does anyone want to write in about any of their events they had here and in NYC in March? Please do…

() Henry Rollins has a new book out, a compilation of 100 articles he wrote for L.A. Weekly past few years:

() CACOPHONY SOCIETY NEW BOOK by Last Gasp in Hardback: “A template for pranksters, artists, adventurers and anyone interested in rampant creativity, Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society is the history of the most influential underground cabal you’ve never heard of.Rising from the ashes of the mysterious and legendary Suicide Club, the Cacophony Society, at its zenith, hosted chapters in over a dozen major cities, and influenced much of what was once called the underground.The Cacophony Society’s epic exploits radically changed the way people live and play in the world. The group inspired Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club and Burning Man and helped start pop culture trends including flash mobs, urban exploration, and culture jamming.
What has been said about Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society:

“From Fight Club to Burning Man, Flash Mobs to Santarchy cacophony influenced everything subversive, playful and anti-authoritarian in popular culture over the last 20 years – this is the great, untold story of the 1980s and ’90s.Before the Internet vomited headlines by the millisecond and turned the minutia of a million boring Facebook lives into news, we were left the privilege of mystery.This was something The San Francisco Cacophony Society gave me in spades. Over the years, I would catch glimpses, collect pieces of a puzzle I was slowly assembling—a car crushed flat by an earthquake miraculously tooling down Golden Gate, toasters glued to buildings, news-clips of mock protests and costumed impostors, flyers for strange art spectacles. Now the puzzle is assembled in this gorgeous graphic collection, a book every lover of eccentricity and enemy of the status quo should enjoy.” —Margaret Cho – order from

() THE BIG TAKEOVER Magazine #72, $5.99 US – Jack Rabid produces THE BEST music magazine on paper in the United States. Nobody else comes close, including Rolling Stone, Spin, Ugly Things, and… If you possibly can, send real money (checks) for current and back issues to Jack Rabid, 356 4th St, 2nd flr, Brooklyn, NY ll215. Or, go to: and take it from there…

() Eric Christensen gave us his DVD, THE TRIPS FESTIVAL MOVIE. Recommended! If you want this, write and we’ll put you in touch with Eric… Or, google for it…

() at City Lights bookstore saw the new U.S. hardback of J.G. Ballard’s Miracles of Life and read the new introduction by China Mieville. He used 3 quotes of Ballard’s which leaped out at me, even though I thought I’d read every word by Ballard before. Ballard: a fount of inexhaustible, self-renewing poetic prose of ideas…


7. RECOMMENDED LINKS (send some!)

() The CLEAREST (& FUNNIEST) INTRO to ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: RE/SEARCH’s DATING AI, written by Dr. Alex Z.! … … – order from http://www. …

() from Ed H.:

() from James M: (by Alfred Hernandez) – This was a Tuscon band I barely remember. The name came to my head and I was surprised how little info there was out there about these guys. Read the comments! It seems a lot of people my age ALSO remember this band. It just popped into my cortex and I pursued the thought. There is no wiki entry and I guess they were just on of the many that fell by the wayside. Too bad because they were pretty good. The filmmaker put this up and mentions about how he tried to make it into MTV basement tapes with this video. All in the comments. Interesting forgotten history!!!! — James.
You would appreciate the production quality and subject matter of this film. A real document of a DJ’s working day in a VERY cool radio station in Gilroy in 1977. Appears to be shot in 16mm B/W interesting is their main site which has streaming radio from the 70’s, very witty Monty Python like fill ins against weird country music: www.kfat.comVery interesting 2 page piece about 1966 in comparison to 1967 in SF by a local. (insulting?) (John, Dils drummer, talks) (San Francisco critique)

() from V in London:

() from Alan T: – also check out videos by NASA Space Universe – Dada lives!

() from Allen K: “Terminal Atrocity Zone just came out:

() from Pablo: surf film

() from Andrew – drama series inspired by JG Ballard: – Who knows whether these will be any good, but I’ll listen along!

() new comedy book recommendaiton from Paige:

() from Bruno R:

() from Amacker:

() from Kimric S: (amphibious canoe)

() from Greg L:

() from Graham R: (“hypocrisy is the greatest luxury”)

() from Eric K:

() from Steven Grey: (Robt. Hass reading)

() from Michael S:

() from Chris T: (origin of San Francisco street names)

() from Danielle N: LYDIA LUNCH!

() from Ron T: “This is a funny site; search for your name on it”

() from David G:

() from Kevin M: (girlpunkmusic)

() from Skot A:

() from Wayne Z: Shot video, here it is:

() John Shirley intv:

() from Jon L: (R.Crumb at Last Gasp)

() from Jason W: Just to let you know that my friend Michael Spann, in Brisbane, Australia, publisher of the journal and small press xochi 23, is bringing out a revised edition of his small book on William Burroughs’s few years in Mexico; the reissue done in the U.S. by Inkblot Publications—

() from Judy S: Gaah!

() from Anne McGuire: my video Joe Dimaggio 1,2,3 is online for one month:

() from Phil W: “quality stupidity”:


“No nation can preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” – James Madison

“Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. It’s what our democracy demands.” – Barack Obama

“[How can America deal with] an enemy we have not seen in our lifetime: difficult-to-identify-people who mean to do us harm”? [Boston marathon bombing; shooting of a London policeman]

“Walmart to pay $82m over hazardous waste dumping” – headline from Financial Times. (Uh… that’s probably a drop in the bucket to what they REALLY owe!)

“[After seeing African masks and objects at the Paris anthropology museum, Picasso said] “I forced myself to stay, to examine these masks, these objects that people had created with a sacred, magical purpose, to serve as intermediaries between them and the unknown… Then I understood what painting really meant. It’s not an AESTHETIC process; it’s a form of MAGIC that interposes itself between us and the hostile universe, a means of seizing power by imposing a form on our terrors and our desires. The day I understood that, I had found my path.” — Picasso

“We have an infinite capacity for hosting contradictory realities in our heads.” — V. Vale


() “I bought RE/Search #4/5 (Burroughs, Gysin, TG) in 1995 when I had just dropped out of college and was on a road trip to Chicago from Nebraska with my friends. I had just started to become interested in Burroughs, and this book dominated my world for the next few months!” … Seriously, those two books (the RE/Search ones, including Industrial Culture Handbook) were instrumental in me becoming me. They’ve both been around the world with me. That’s why I need more-presentable copies! Take care. Aaron” (now living and working in Japan)

() “Vale, i dunno usually communicate with you via this type of transference but I’m on vacation from my job, hence things are different, my essay girl talk is a scorpio [ – note, it’s in (2) parts)] is up now, im really proud of it. i hope you enjoy it. i won a 1950 Varese album on ebay and im so excited. I re-read some Gnostic gospels for Easter. I hope you are well. Jim Hayes.” [Note: We like the writings of Jim Hayes; ‘nuf said.]

() “I’m ordering your PRANKS books — Rokko told me, that I MUST have PRANKS! Vol. 1 – thenceforth everything will get better, he wrote to me. So, that’s my reason.” – Roland in Germany

() “I just read the interview you did with S.F. Arts Quarterly [SFAQ] (I’m behind in my reading) and it got me thinking pretty intensely about RE/Search and what a huge impact the publications made on my life and intellectual development. I first got my hands on Industrial Culture Handbook in 1986—my world was changed forever, not to mention what happened when I found the Burroughs issue, RE/Search #4/5. Nothing you haven’t heard a million times before; nonetheless, I wanted to share.” – G.G. from San Francisco

() ” Hey, thanks for all the great Newsletters and all the publications I’ve enjoyed over the years from RE/Search!!! ” – Charley S in Prague

() “My partner’s daughter who is turning 23 in june is in love with Jello Biafra for some reason. Knowing her a little bit (12 years) and having read a bit about Jello it is probably because of his talent, beliefs and principles. She [a few days ago] saw Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine (GSM) at Hi-fi in Brisbane, Australia, and jumped on stage to give him a kiss and somehow ended up with a black eye. it was a bit distressing for us but we said nothing, just listened. We love her so much and do anything for her to be safe and happy. This is for her birthday in June.” – Australia resident Byron [order for back issues of Search & Destroy, including Search & Destroy #9 which contains the first-ever interview with Jello Biafra from www. BTW, Biafra is also interviewed in Pranks, Pranks 2, Real Conversations 1, and Incredibly Strange Music, Vol. 2]

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1. 47 Canal Street (Gallery w/events, NYC) –
2. Emerald Tablet (Gallery w/events), Fresno Alley (100 feet from RE/Search! in North Beach). – lots of free or low cost local community events; check out their schedule! – they’re open during North Beach Art Walk…
3. Emily Armstrong’s blog: (last button on the left, scroll through the posts!)
4. Contribute to (& Order copies of!) “OUT OF OUR” – Steven Gray & Sarah Page’s San Francisco Poetry Magazine:
5. From our friends Amy and Brian: check out their “simple business software for art galleries:
6. V. Vale’s RE/Search Newsletter is cordially sponsored by “Beyond the Beyond.”
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7. “fine art about equal human rights worldwide”
8. Mrs Dalloway (Catering, Bay Area): Holly Erickson’s catering/foodblog/cookbook and
9. Philip Lenihan. A founder of Sluggo magazine from Austin, Texas. Find him on FaceBook?
10. Mal Sharpe, Jennifer Sharpe. Mal’s band plays the Savoy Tivoli Saturday & Sunday afternoons in S.F.
11. Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company – Penelope Rosemont, Chicago Surrealist Group founder. (April-March 2014)
12. Kevin O’Malley+Christie Dames, the High-Heeled Anarchist: TechTalk/Studio: + Commonwealth Club, San Francisco.
12. Bob Koenig Music: – 2 months’ sponsorship, thank you (May-June 2013)
13. Andrew B. – 6 months May-Oct 2013) – Anonymous donation, thank you!
14. METASONIX: Since 1999, the world’s only maker of vacuum-tube music synthesizers. (May-April 2014)

RE/Search THANKS (3) SPONSORS who Wish to Remain Anonymous – you know who you are! And yes, we NEEDED Your Support! (B.H., DaveS., V.V.)

JUNE 2013 RE/Search eNewsletter #115 written by V. Vale & other contributors. RE/Search website powered by Add us (“”) to Your Address Book
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