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V. VALE AUGUST 2013 NEWSLETTER: Lists?! Favorite Artists?!


1B. GEORGE KUCHAR, LYDIA LUNCH & HENRY ROLLINS: The New Line of “RE/SEARCH Pocketbooks” – order now! —
2. Counter Culture Hour Sat Aug 10, 2013 – 6:00 PM PACIFIC TIME – SF cable channel 29, also simulcast on-line (see below): more with Penny & Gee from CRASS
3. **MEDITATION SPACE** [blank]
4. FORTHCOMING EVENTS: Vale @ JCM Aug 8, Vale @ ZineFest Aug 31-Sept 1.
5. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing: Tales of the S.F. Cacophony Society
7. Recommended Links – send some!
8. QUOTES from Luis Bunuel
9. Letters from Readers RE Monte Cazazza, Our New Website
10. Sponsors (Please check ’em out! – they make this “free” newsletter possible!)

1A. MESSAGE FROM YOUR EDITOR, V. VALE: PLEASE go to our **NEW WEBSITE** ( and send us feedback (better yet, order something—anything!) We won’t be sure the new website is a pragmatic “improvement” until we start getting orders. Now, we also offer a lot of “content” for free, too, and it can be found under each “product,” & elsewhere… Remember, we still carry the torch for authentic “underground” and “alternative culture” — and if you haven’t read RE/SEARCH, you need to get yourself to our books. We guarantee you will see more (only he who knows can “see”) and live more. The world will become vastly richer and much more fun because reading RE/SEARCH books will change your AESTHETICS. They aren’t just about “information”; they’re about developing your own sense of discrimination, humor, and wisdom. For quite a few of our readers, PRANKS is their “bible,” and RE/Search books part of “The CounterCultural Canon“… And, we thank our friend Andrew in the U.K. for making the new, much easier to read, website possible…

Some people are attracted by “lists”; people have created entire ZINES out of lists. Someone recently asked us who our favorite living artists are, for their “list zine”—a question sure to open up a can of worms. If we were to publish such a list, we would doubtless be inundated by dozens of acquaintances writing, “Why wasn’t I included?”
But we can start, anyway. We think it’s possible to commune with the dead, simply by reading all their writings, interviews, biographies, et al: William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard. We have always viewed their books as conversations; it’s fun to write “NO!” in the margin of a book, or “Disagree!”—or “Yes!” Those two writers have a 99% rating with us, in the sense that practically every single word emanating from them is, magically, just part of an enormous zeitgeist they have singlehandedly engendered… it’s all one big unified cultural production. (We here at RE/Search fantasize that all of our publications together will form one big counter-cultural encyclopedia: the RE/Search Encyclopedia. But sadly, we’re not there yet… not by a long shot.)

Everyone asks us, “Now that Burroughs and Ballard are dead, who have replaced them?” We say, truthfully, “No one!” Why? Because there’s still plenty of ideas that we haven’t fully comprehended and memorized in their works. But, there are a few others yet living whom we learn from, at least in part: Nassim Nicholas Taleb—his videos are quite funny to watch, his FaceBook posts are witty in a puzzling way, and his other (print) interviews are stimulating and often acerbic. Mark Pauline, founder of Survival Research Laboratories (SRL): we don’t see him nearly as much as we would like to, since he moved to Petaluma, but still—for example, he told us about K-Pop long ago, before we knew about it and had seen those dance videos that have attracted, what, 40 million hits on YouTube? He told us about a German pellet rifle that can send a projectile about 1,500 feet per second, but apparently it’s not imported into America. He knows many things… that we want to know. We like all the SRL crew; the best and brightest folks on the planet. Karen Marcelo; Greg Leyh, Kimric Smythe, Amy and Brian, Jon Sarriugarte —what a bunch of geniuses!

Oh, how could we forget?! Every single artist we’ve ever worked with should be at the top of our “Favorite Artists” List. We like everyone we’ve “starred” in our books (with only a few exceptions). Our publishing has always been based on the principle of “Mutual Aid” —we give an artist publicity, provenance, the opportunity to BE published, and for photographers, an excuse to GET the photographs in the first place (“It’s for our next publication, Mr. Burroughs; you’re going to be on the cover! And we’ll provide some nice firearms as props; just be sure to wear a suit and tie!”). Then we endure the often money-losing process of publishing-on-paper (everyone wants you to share any profits with them, but nobody wants to share any of your losses). We’ve long thought that the ONLY person who ever understands a publisher is Another Publisher… And our longtime associate (since 1977) Charles Gatewood has not only been a photographer of the underground but also a zine and book and video publisher…
We know that whenever Jello Biafra or Henry Rollins or Lydia Lunch or Penny Rimbaud/Gee Vaucher gives a Spoken Word (or art) show, we want to be there, because in a few hours we will learn a lot! Whenever Nick Cave comes to town, we want to hear his haunting music; the same for New Order (they show great video) or Blondie (classic melodies) or DEVO (also great video)—wait a minute, DEVO is at the Top of the List! The lyrics DEVO write consistently reveal new meanings or contemporary applications or metaphoric epiphanies—surely they have written up some of the most pressing philosophical paradigms of our time: “Freedom of Choice,” “It’s a Beautiful World,” “Mongoloid” all continue to raise questions (and no answers, rightly so). Plus, DEVO have such a lastingly futuristic style that belies a very dark, skeptical sense of humor…

Of course we like local bands like the Avengers and the Mutants—they play regularly in the Bay Area. The Offs played recently, too, much to our surprise and delight; they have some great songs. We like almost everybody we met before 1979 in the Punk “scene” here, and a few we’ve met after ’79: Jim Thirlwell, the CRASS’s Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher. We really like Penelope Rosemont, founder of the Chicago Surrealist Group, who introduced us to local Surrealist sculptor Dennis Cunningham, who moonlights as an activist lawyer. We like Matt Gonzalez; he’s becoming a master collagist.

We like Mike Dingle’s bands (one of which features Steve MacKay on sax, from the original Stooges). We met M. Dingle when he was “managing” Survival Research Laboratories for awhile. We like Ian MacKaye; when we think of him we think of the word “integrity” (and we saw him talk at the Jewish Contemporary Museum a year ago). We like Vivienne Westwood for her forthright philosophizing; we saw her give a free lecture at the Academy of Art a few years ago and have remained impressed—at the “Punk at the Met” Opening recently she did her best to call attention to the plight of Bradley Manning—now that’s PUNK, TODAY

We like everyone we’ve met connected to the Occupy movement (how soon the corporate news media forget, right? Notice how, sadly, there don’t seem to be many Occupy(s) anymore). We met McKenzie Wark and liked him, although we didn’t quite understand some of his concepts with clarity. We thought we liked Julian Assange and still hope that we do. We like Stelarc a lot and regard him as a brave pioneer of Body Art. We were very impressed by Christian Marclay‘s “The Clock” 24-hour movie; we would like to OWN a copy of that video! Whatever Naut Humon does is bound to be of interest. At the Extreme Futurist Festival last year we liked Ada McCartney’s Spoken Word (with musical backing by Sid Redlin) and hope they can perform in the Bay Area some time soon.

We met Ed Hardy in 1977 or 1978, thanks to Leo Zulueta, and just read his brand-new autobiography titled Wear Your Dreams—it’s what people these days call “a good read.” He wrote it with Joel Selvin, former San Francisco Chronicle music columnist. We are still trying to read every book that Barry Miles wrote, and highly recommend his biography of Paul McCartney (I know; you don’t like Paul McCartney, but just read this book—it’s amazing! You’ll see an unknown side of him “pre” Beatles). I want to like Peter Murphy, but the Bauhaus only had one song I truly liked, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.”

Maybe a key phrase for our times is: “I want to like…” We know how hard it is to keep creating great material in any medium, year after year, decade after decade. It’ll take years to figure out who “the best” living artists are. Tacita Dean has to be among them; she produces such memorable images seemingly effortlessly. We also like the work of Jane and Louise Wilson (U.K.), and the work of U.S. artists Barry McGee, Kal Spelletich and Chris Johanson. The Quest Continues…

**** Brand-new books!*** Finished! Come to our Office and Get a Copy of “George Kuchar,”
the Third in our new “RE/SEARCH Pocketbook” series (of interview books). Order direct from ) – order ALL THREE and we’ll send you a rare “Goals of Life” w-i-p. (but you must REQUEST it) “Henry Rollins,” “George Kuchar” and “Lydia Lunch” are now out! The shipping cost will be the same for you, buying one or all. We’re working on “Ed Hardy” now…
1C. ***ALSO, we have only (4) PRANKS high-tech 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 truly rare -here it is – size: XL, L (M can be special ordered at no extra charge). Rear pockets as in all professional bike jerseys; athletic fit; high-tech fabric keeps you cool. (note: The sizing runs small.)

() Our RECENT RE/SEARCH BOOK: DATING A.I.: A Guide to Falling In Love with Artificial Intelligence, by Alex Zhavoronkoff, Ph.D. ($20) has recently been described by French literary figure Bernard Sigaud as “Very intelligently written.” We think it’s the CLEAREST (& FUNNIEST) INTRODUCTION to ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: DATING A.I. – … – order from
– here’s the first review of DATING A.I.:

2. Counter Culture Hour – Sat Aug 10, 2013 6pm: More with Penny Rimbaud (CRASS) AND Gee Vaucher! Live interview from Emerald Tablet.

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 July 13, 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, Aug 10, 2013
USA east coast: 9:00 PM Sunday, Aug 11, 2013
Tokyo: 10:00 AM Sunday, Aug 11, 2013
If you cannot get this online email us at

See RE/Search channel on youtube: “researchpubs”

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

4. FORTHCOMING EVENTS (San Francisco unless Otherwise Noted)

() $5+ Wed July 31, 730pm RE/Search will have a table (come meet us!) at dorkbot! ‘Nuff said…

() FREE Tues Aug 6, 11-6pm Allen Ginsberg Photo Show at CJM, Mission/3rd-4th Sts:

() $ Thur Aug 8, 630-8pm V. Vale on a Panel (with Ron Turner, Layla Gibbon & R.U. Sirius) moderated by David Pescovitz at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Mission St/3rd-4th Sts, SF. Topic: The Beats’ Influence on Underground Publishing.

() $$$ Mega-Bucks Mon-Mon Aug 26-Sept 2 Burning Man

() FREE Fri Aug 30, 530pm Justin Herman Plaza Market/Embarcadero: Critical Mass Bicycle Ride!

() FREE. Sat-Sun Aug 31-Sept 1, 11-5pm San Francisco Zine Fest, S.F. County Fair Building, 9th Ave/Lincoln Way (in Golden Gate Park). RE/Search will have a table with Charles Gatewood – come meet us!

() FREE Sat Aug 31, next 4 weekends, 2pm: MacBeth at S.F. Shakespeare Festival

() FREE. NYC! Now thru Aug 25. RE/SEARCH RECOMMENDS! Jane & Louise Wilson (whom we met at the JG Ballard Memorial Dinner put on by Larry Gagosian Feb 2010, London). See their haunting “Dystopian” art installation at 303 Gallery, 507 W. 24th St, NYC 10011. 212-255-1121.

() Sat Sept 7 3-5pm, Opening Reception/Book Signing at Robert Tat Gallery, 49 Geary #410 for CHARLES GATEWOOD: Fifty Years. Mostly vintage prints; reception for the Dean of Underground American Photographers! RE/Search will attend, so meet us there… (Thur Sept 5 this show opens, 1130AM-7:30pm as part of First Thursdays…)

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

() Weekly: our new “foodie” habit is going to the San Francisco Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building (Market/Embarcadero) every Saturday before 1pm and buying 1) heirloom tomatoes 2) a big bag of “hardy mix; lasts 7 days” salad greens from Dave at Heirloom Farms (big truck, way in back, center). Now we eat a lot more salads and they taste much better than even our beloved Herbal Salad Mix from TJs — well, we still visit TJs, regularly…

() We want to go see the film PACIFIC RIM; everybody in SRL has already seen it…

() David King had a book release event for his “The Secret Origins of the Crass Symbol” at Needles and Pens, which we unfortunately missed. It’s a beautifully produced book, and you can still get it there at Needles and Pens AND his alluring art show “David King’s Odd Alcove” will be up until August 12. 3253 16th Street.

() Until we attended it, we didn’t realize that the Grand Opening of Adobe Books on 24th St/Folsom would be one of the Social Events of the Year. Sat July 13 a full-spectrum crowd showed up from all (or rather, most) societal tiers. We ate plates of Mexican food served in front, admired the art on the walls in back, and talked to a few people we hadn’t seen in quite awhile—and even met a few new people — all of the previous adds up to a recipe for a “great” party! Founder Andrew McKinley was present snapping photographs; there’s a vertical display of his photos in the back hallway. New bookstore manager Christopher Rolls was even kind enough to buy some of the best RE/Search books for the store…now you know where you can get ’em… (N.B. you can always get RE/Search books direct by visiting our office in North Beach, 200 feet from City Lights Bookstore…)

Visit Adobe Books in their new location. It promises to be a “community center” — with their back room gallery, occasional Friday night mixers and lots of other events. 3130 24th St by Folsom, 10AM-8PM 7 days a week.

() July 7th was our “Naked Mozart” event at Emerald Tablet: a performance of which a description cannot do justice. We wanted to know how it came to be that a former San Franciscan/Texan/etc “noise” musician nick-named “Donald the Nut” from a band called Five-Day Stubble (the band started circa 1978 or 1979 but only Jello Biafra had ever mentioned them to us) came to settle in, not Tokyo, but Kyoto, found a Japanese violinist, and despite the language barrier, a relationship “happened” culminating in the formation of “Naked Mozart,” best described as “performance art.” Since we guessed that virtually no one in the audience knew much about N.M., we began asking very elementary questions and soon an unexpectedly amusing (actually, positively funny and entertaining) back-and-forth began happening between Donald and Chiko. After forty minutes, they did their music concert, assisted by John Alderman on Mini-Korg keyboard and Kaoss pad. Then there was an audience Q&A, and the final questioner (named Damien W.) asked Chiko to play her favorite violin piece, which was so beautiful (don’t know, but was it Bach’s Air on the G String?) that somewhat accidentally, the perfect ending to the evening happened… sometimes, words are not enough. Everyone who could went to the local King of Thai restaurant, about fifty feet away, afterwards…

() Fri July 19 we went to the Fouladi Projects Gallery at 1803 Market St/Laguna and saw a group show of paintings which included Karen Barbour, whom we had met at the S.F.Art Institute back in the ’70s… Then we went to a very “hip” gallery show at the Popular Workshop, Sutter near Polk St, full of work by young artists—we even met a few, including Tommy; and Gregory Ito, co-publisher of SFAQ, the best radical art magazine going, in our opinion… The next issue features an interview with our old friend Ed Hardy in conversation with V. Vale. Look for it; it’s free at art galleries, City Lights Bookstore, etc…

() Our friend Karen Marcelo is just back from six months overseas in Asia and we saw her Sunday at a BBQ held by Marc P who was in our PRANKS 2 book. Guests brought a spectrum of brand-new beers we had never seen before, of Bay Area origin. (So, there is a local, regional, beer-crafting “movement” we were mostly unaware of.) One bottle listed the latitude and longitude where the hops were grown—can a gifted “taster” really tell where the hops originated?!? Well, why not… (Now, we prefer Evian sans gas and Pellegrino with gas, and hope that we can recognize both in a blindfold test, but… maybe life is too short for such niche discriminations… And besides, guilt prompts us to buy only American bottled waters, like Calistoga. Or, just drink Hetch Hetchy San Francisco tap water, which is pretty darn good… and “free”…

() Roburt Reynolds (aka Room 101) sent us his beautiful new 45 with spectacular artwork by Winston Smith: “Recognize You/Popularity/Soul Finger//Fascion (with xvc), Los Desaparecidos, recorded in New Orleans. Available at, email – Robert is a dynamic live performer and he hopes to visit San Francisco in the coming year; look for his band name “Room 101.”

() Really enjoying Rudy Rucker’s book on Burroughs: TURING AND BURROUGHS – available from the author himself! Google and find your own copy… he captures Burroughs’s voice and makes you laugh!

() Thur July 18, 8pm Oakland, Homeish: People’s Palms (Austin Freese), Dream Trees (from L.A.
() Wed July 24, 11:45pm Elbo Room: Fred Giannelli (ex-Psychic TV) aka The Kooky Scientist,
() Fri July 26, 9pm OAKLAND: Uptown, Jello Biafra & GSM (Guantanamo School of Medicine). Factrix, 311 Broadway.
() Sat July 27, 9pm, Thee Parkside: The Dickies (featured in Search & Destroy #5, still available from our website

() Just got a press copy of Last Gasp’s magnificent full-color hardback (8.75×11.25″) TALES OF THE SAN FRANCISCO CACOPHONY SOCIETY by John Law; Carrie Galbraith & Kevin Evans. 296 pages of full-tilt cultural subversion! Our PRANKS 2 book featured interviews with certain Cacophony Society members (under pseudonyms, of course) but this volume expands upon that to become a comprehensive history of almost the entirety of their pranksterish adventures, even ending with “A 12-step Program fo Aspiring Cacophonist” by Stuart Mangrum (pp. 285-287) that is pure gold, under subheadings like “Make the city your playground. If you live in a city, there’s no reason to ever be bored. And don’t whine about your empty pockets—there are a million things you can do on the cheap or on the free…any number of abandoned buildings, subterranean passageways, and urban wastelands are waiting to be explored. For ideas and inspiration, check out and”
We liked the suggestion “Cultivate odd friends: This may be the single most important step you can take on your path to cosmic Cacophonicity. On your own, you’re just a lone nut. But when you join forces with other lone nuts you become a society of nuts, and there’s nothing you can’t achieve.” We also liked “Cacophonize your closet: a Santa suit, a clown suit, Western wear, a pirate outfit, and any number of Mad-Maximum Burner outfits. A sensible business suit is always a useful disguise, as are wigs, fake beards, trucker hats, fezes, and obsolete military uniforms….” Then there are subheads titled “Make something,” “Burn something,” “Read more/watch less,” “Become a niche expert,” “Pull an epic prank,” “Expand your comfort zone” (uh, isn’t that what life is forever about?), and finally, “Leave the world a weirder place.” Basically, strive to puncture “the shared hallucination called reality.” Amen! Well, we Surrealists have been trying to do that ever since we started studying the subversive philosophy of life known as “Surrealism.”
Some years ago we at RE/Search happened to attend a prank in which a dozen Cacophony members dressed up as Ronald McDonald and erected a fake McDonalds billboard across from a “real” McDonalds at Haight near Stanyan St. The “Celebration of Ronald McDonald’s 50th Anniversary” billboard featured an animatronic Ronald McDonald “feeding” an animatronic human-like dummy. (“Longtime collaborators, Ron English and a BLF founder, Jack Napier, were inspired to do this billboard after reminiscing about a 1960s Twilight Zone episode they both saw as children about space aliens with a taste for human flesh”—p.153) We saw a police van pull up, and watched police officers grimly pulling down the stuffed Ronald McDonald and shoving it into the back of the police van; presumably, to this day the dummy resides in a San Francisco police property room somewhere. (Well, maybe you had to have been there, but it seemed awfully funny at the time…)
Survival Research LaboratoriesMark Pauline demonstrated his V-1 rocket engine in front of the Roxie Theater in San Francisco years ago, and a hilarious telling of that incident can be found on page 133. There are tales of climbing bridges from Brooklyn to San Francisco, and exploring sewers from Paris to Oakland. Breaking into abandoned buildings and throwing costume parties. So this book is chockful of tales of dadaist flouting of repressive laws, illegal (but who cared?) expeditions, and insanely illogical public ceremonies and rituals. As Gary Warne, an original inspirational spirit behind the Cacophony Society put it, “The world is becoming a total play environment and I am becoming something else entirely…The future is…an imagination away.” (p. 5) An essential work in the countercultural canon, just as we hope our RE/Search classic books also are…

() Rokko’s Adventures #13 – just out! With essay on Monte Cazazza written by V. Vale, great interview with Jello Biafra, Meri St Mary feature, more. Order from — well worth it! German/English bilingual perfectbound, 7×10″, over 100pp.

() Specious Species #6 features Charles Gatewood and Michael Rosen interviews, Sue Coe, Jon Longhi, Paolo Pasolini, Istanbul and Turkey feature, the Museum of Death, Esotouric Tours feature, more. The Sex & Death issue: “Abnormal pleasures kill the taste for normal ones.”—Anais Nin. 5.5×8”, 192pp, Blue & Red Cover. Send $10 payable to our former intern, Joe Donohoe, 3345 20th St, SF CA 94110.

() We met Scott Wilson from Australia at the RE/Search office and we had quite an entertaining conversation. Afterward, he sent us his hardbound 6.2×9.25″ book, The Politics of Insects: David Cronenberg’s Cinema of Confrontation. As longtime fans of Cronenberg (especially the early films), we found much to admire in this book, starting with this first quotation from D.C.: “”Have you ever heard of insect politics? Neither have I. Insects…don’t have politics. They’re very brutal. No…compassion. No…compromise. We can’t trust the insect. I’d like to become the first insect poiltician.”—Cronenberg, 1986
A really well-written book makes you consider experiences you’ve had (in this case, the viewing of D.C. films) and reassess them with new insights, new angles, new challenges to your previously-held opinions. The first page sums up Cronenberg’s “mission statement” as “continued exploration of transformation as a means of renegotiating the human, both bodily and psychically…[but] there is more at work…[revealing] a host of structures that surround, government, control, and if need be, PUNISH transformation and the transforming individual.”
So, a truly worthwhile book like this can RENEW the films for the viewer, provoking the viewer to watch the films yet again, in the quest to discover what may have been unnoticed on the first experiencing. It’s fascinating to read these essays on films we haven’t seen for decades, like THE DEAD ZONE…now we want to see ALL of Cronenberg’s films AGAIN! This 244-page book contains a long bibliography…and we want to read all THOSE sources as well! Well, J.G. Ballard is dead, but Cronenberg is still with us on the planet… that’s some consolation…

() We met Reid Mukai. down from Seattle with his S.O., and he told us about a Seattle Book Fair we would like to attend in August. But after checking airfares, we sadly decided that the present time wasn’t quite “right” for a Seattle visit, even though we would like to visit the Paul Allen EMP Museum (we like to experience weird new architecture first-hand and form our own opinions… however, our favorite architects of all time remain Antonio Gaudi and Ferdinand Cheval). Thanks, REID!


7. RECOMMENDED LINKS (send some!)

() Aldona Watts did a radio interview: “Transmissions from RE/Search headquarters, AKA information Overload Palace: Punks, Pranks, and the Counterculture Continuum in a Media-Sedated Age,” featuring V. VALE of RE/Search and Search & Destroy. Try to find it at

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

() from Yoshi:

() from Ron T: — Ron Turner recently went to comic con down in San Diego…

() from David K:

() from Skot A:

() from Steven G:

() from our former intern Garrett:

() from Jerry C of DEVO: “Now that the crash is behind us … This is real. Watch the link. “Pranked TV Station Reports Ho Lee Fuk,” “Wi Tu Lo” As SF Crash Pilots. Be sure and read comments section.
More Pranks:

() from Kimric S: How the V-1 launch sites were found.

() from Chris T: Taleb

() from Malcolm McNeill: Nice to talk to you, Vale. Here’s the website that covers shows and books etc. Let me know what you think and I’ll see if I can find copies of the LOST ART OF AH POOK books to send. best, M in upstate New York

() from Ralf:

() Mark Pauline intv:

() from Andrew in U.K.: Burroughs-influenced computer game:

() from ED H: “…By the way, I highly recommend The Lone Ranger and Tonto, in theaters now…but probably not for long, due to miffed critics.” (We like Johnny Depp, so we’re guessing the film is “un-p.c.”, to say the least…)

() Mr Lucky at the TOSCA Cafe in North Beach:

() Sandra D. on Peter Murphy (Bauhaus) at Fillmore:

() from Jerry C of DEVO: “This is real. Watch the link. Subject: Now that the crash is well behind us… …Pranked TV Station Reports “Ho Lee Fuk,” “Wi Tu Lo” As SF Crash Pilots Be sure and read comments sections.


() “The surveillance drones are made in heaven…and like a god they keep us honest and on edge” – Steven Gray, “I Like Civilization” (poem)

() “Every book is a detective story, where the writer is invisible, a mystery.” – Steven Gray, “Jet Shock and Culture Lag” [his latest poetry book], p. 52

() “There’s a leak inside my head from which the words are pouring on a regular basis…the words appear inside my skull like phrases floating up inside the darkness of an 8-ball made of nothingness and being…there is the perpetual motion of an inner monologue…if you keep talking then you won’t feel…”—ibid, pp. 92-93

() from the Book of Wisdom, Chapter II, verses 1-9:

“For they have said, reasoning with themselves, but not right: The time of our life is short and tedious and in the end of a man there is no remedy, and no man hath been known to have returned from hell:
“For we are born of nothing, and after this we shall be as if we had not been; for the breath in our nostrils is smoke: and speech a spark to move our heart,
“Which being put out, our body shall be ashes, and our spirit shall be poured abroad as soft air, and our life shall pass away as the trace of a cloud, and shall be dispersed as a mist, which is driven away by the beams of the sun, and overpowered with the heat thereof:
“And our name in time shall be forgotten, and no man shall have any remembrance of our works.
“For our time is as the passing of a shadow, and there is no going back of our end: for it is fast sealed, and no man returneth.
“Come therefore, and let us enjoy the good things that are present, and let us speedily use the creatures as in youth.
“Let us fill ourselves with costly wine, and ointments: and let not the flower of the time pass by us.
“Let us crown ourselves with roses, before they be withered: let no meadow escape our riot.
“Let none of us go without his part in luxury: let us everywhere have tokens of joy: for this is our portion, and this our lot.”—Luis Bunuel, My Last Sigh, pp. 205-206

() “Dear Allen,
Received copy of Junkie for which many thanks. I didn’t mention before because I did not feel like talking about it that I never heard from Marker after I left Mexico though I wrote ten letters to his home address in Florida to be forwarded.
It seems he has disappeared under strange circumstances. I hope to find out something definite in next week or so before I leave here. Enclosed more notes. I have been working since I got here sorting out notes and rewriting.
Narcotic Agent not so bad as I expected it would be. He does not sound like an overly obnoxious character. How are sales? I will send along more notes. See you so on best regards to Jack and Lucien.
As ever,
Willy Lee.
(on envelope handwritten “Jack—wake me up when you get up too. Allen.”)


() Dave S. sent us an amazing, long email on the history of the 1963 song “Louie Louie.” If you want it, please write us! Chance, spontaneity and satisfaction-with-technical-imperfection result in a classic, a masterpiece, of human longing and need…that (almost) everybody wants to sing along with, forever and ever…

() A series of emails from Monte Cazazza (featured in my July 2013 newsletter editorial):
() “Vale: you are being too complimentary and ruining my bad reputation that I have worked so hard to create…but thank you, nevertheless …MC… PS: There were 1 and 1/2 million people at the gay pride parade in SF …what if they all had shown up at the Bradley Manning trial…that’s where they should have been and you can quote me on that — MC”
“Check this out if you can. I always feel like somebody’s watching me; I ain’t got no privacy:
() Subject: Watching you
The resolution on this picture is astonishing, in how it can zero in on a single face in such a huge crowd. This is how “terrorists” are identified.
There are still people who think the government doesn’t know about anything we do! This plus all the other technologies they have now. This camera can identify a face in a multitude. The cameras are NOT sold to the public and are being installed in strategic locations. (This one is in Canada). Place your cursor anywhere in the multitude of people and left-double-click a couple of times. Wait a minute and it will continue to show people much closer, when you double left click again, or click more if needed. Amazing! There were thousands of people, and yet they can spot & recognize any face. Imagine what this means.. both police and ARMY have it.
() MR.V: love Kaplans (Store on Market/7th St, S.F.) I didn’t know it was the oldest biz (in San Francisco)….and you should list Grainger’s, too….We should do a commercial for Goo Gone and try and sell it to them and make some extra $$$$$ Marian can video; we could make it really funny…would be easy to do…..thanks again for the nice piece on me in your newsletter…..Yoko Ono has her conceptual art, I have mine, but she has all the $$$$$ – no cheddar for me….ciao, mc”

() “Absolutely FABULOUS article on MONTE CAZAZZA – Thank you for the excellent writing and entertainment. – Rebecca”

() from Robert W: “I know of a cool event. Gouch now plays every Sunday at 4 pm at Brenda’s on Polk. They have had Wednesday’s at Amnesia for years and they always pack the place. They play gypsy jazz in the Django Reinhardt vein. They have terrific blowers from The Hot Club of San Francisco and feature Ralph Carney on horns. A great act that’s now not just limited to The Mission. Brenda’s soul food on Polk near Turk.”

() from NAKED MOZART: “Hi Vale and Lapo, We had a great time in SF. The Emerald Tablet experience was one for the ages and one we will never forget. Thank you both for putting it on. Hide says he wished he was there and that the Emerald Tablet is wonderful! The rest of our time in SF was also great; Three Day Stubble made history again [at The Lab] and Naked Mozart was well received, but the most comprehensive show for NM was with you guys. Thanks again, Donald and Chiko”

() from William: “New website’s great, much improved. Give yourselves a pat on the back. Gonna place an order as soon as funds allow, probably in next fortnight… would love to do so sooner but money is tight. Anyway, I will be in semi-regular constant contact for this point on. So glad you’re still kicking. RE/Search pubs have been essential manuals for adaptation and modification since I was sixteen, and there is much more work to be done. See you soon… Wm.” [Yes, the work of ‘Constructing a Philosophy of Life’ NEVER ENDS!—Vale]

() from Gary C: “Vale, The new website is fantastic, much cleaner layout… Nice layout: easy on the eyes! Good job. Btw, I just ordered the SRL German book. Surprised to find out you published ‘Reggae News’ in 1980, any articles about the Mod revival movement in the issue? [Sorry, Gary; afraid not. I did a centerfold interview with Pauline of SELECTER, took polaroids of the band, plus wrote a lot of the text & did the layout for it—you will notice it looks a heckuva lot like Search & Destroy, and that’s cuz **I** did it!] Thanks, Gary”

() “I love the redesign of the RE/Search website!”—Sandra

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9. Mal Sharpe, Jennifer Sharpe. Mal’s band plays the Savoy Tivoli Saturday & Sunday afternoons on Grant St. in S.F.
10. Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company – Penelope Rosemont, Chicago Surrealist Group founder.
11. Kevin O’Malley+Christie Dames, the High-Heeled Anarchist: TechTalk/Studio: + Commonwealth Club, San Francisco.
12. Emily Armstrong/Pat Ivers’ pioneering 1st generation NYC 1975-80 punk videos! see ’em yourself @ NYU Fales Library Downtown Collection, debut: Oct 2013

AUGUST 2013 RE/Search eNewsletter #117 written by V. Vale & other contributors. RE/Search website powered by Add us (“”) to Your Address Book
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