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V. Vale’s RE/Search Newsletter #131, October 2014: “It is necessary to travel. It is not necessary to live.”

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It is necessary to travel. It is not necessary to live.” TOUR & DESTROY. Review by Renee Turner. 

2. The Counter Culture Hour: Sat Oct 11, 6pm Larry Mullins aka Toby Dammit
3. FORTHCOMING EVENTS: RE/Search at APE Show, more…
4. OUR PAST LIFE: The Battery, Belgium & Holland, more…
5. Recommended Links – send us some!
7. Letters from Readers

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() You can still pre-order the forthcoming MONTE CAZAZZA zine (limited edition, 50 copies, with 8.5×11″ collage reproduction suitable for framing, signed by Monte Cazazza). Price a whopping $25 (plus $5 shipping; just PayPal $30 to: Why? To benefit RE/Search, of course! Monte Cazazza is one of the big mysteries in the RE/Search canon, and we think it is a miracle he has survived to this day, integrity more-or-less intact! Learn & Destroy… NOTE: Overseas orders add $5 MORE SHIPPING. CALIF residents add 8.75% tax ($2.19).

1C. It is necessary to travel. It is not necessary to live.” – WSBurroughs influencing V. Vale on TOUR & DESTROY, organized by Chris Fitzpatrick & friends
Having recently returned from a whilrwind tour of Belgium and Holland (“the Lowlands”), we are still in recovery mode, both from jetlag and an overload of unprocessed memories of people we met and spent time with, and much more. Was the human mind built to meet and remember this many people in 10 days? Remember J.G. Ballard‘s remarks about “the village theory” (in RE/SEARCH #8/9) – about 225 people seems to be the limit of what we can deal with in a “village.” You madly take photographs of everybody you meet, but do you “know” any of them? Only through their deeds, really. And a number of people we met did enough deeds to make a huge difference in making our travel not only do-able, but even fun! And, is “fun” always “unexpected”?! Is “surprise” an essential component of “fun”? Sometimes you don’t know what “really” happened until you “recollect in tranquility” or look back in amazement…
However, not only do you meet people, you meet “things”; you find things, people give  you things, you trade your things for other people’s things. (In our case, it’s mostly publications on paper!) If you’re a photographer, make a portrait of a person with as many of their precious “things” in the background as possible, because What You Choose changes Who You Are (with both things and people; especially the latter). Having said that, Who WE “are” is always a Work-In-Progress, forever changing, like “Love,” ha ha (uhm, this is a bad pun on the Sixties band “Love”; the title of their third LP). Sometimes we might even mutate… a bit. Definitely: We are Verbs Not Nouns. If you meet someone, instead of, “Who are You?” ask about “What You’ve DONE?” And try to remember: “Your only FREE WILL is your Power To Say NO.”
We give heartfelt thanks to Objectif Exhibitions and Rietveld Academie (Chris, Julie, Pieter, & students), Babeth, 019’s Valentijn, Karin & Ewoud, Eloise, Kelsey, Nessie, Moritz/Lee, Marilou, Florian, and many others who made TOUR & DESTROY happen vivaciously…
A very witty young woman named Renee Turner wrote the following review of V. Vale at Printroom (Rotterdam) Fri Sept 12, with questions from Karin de Jong and Cramer Florian:
• Renee Turner  September 13 via iPhoto ·
• Yesterday at PrintRoom, a conversational drift with V. Vale, musician, writer and engine behind RE/Search Publications.Endless threads were started, dropped, and taken up again – albeit in different directions. Much like the audience, the moderators, Karin de Jong & Cramer Florian, could only surrender to Vale’s ebbs and flows.While impossible to pinpoint an overarching theme, it was clear San Francisco’s Beat generation heavily influenced the Punk scene. Rather than being informed by nihilism and boredom – Vale’s Punk was infused with curiosity, channeling, chance, making things, and last but not least, anger.

Here are a few quotes I gleaned from his endless stream:

Bruce Conner gave me this idea that maybe all undergrounds are the same…”

“It’s so fun to be an amateur anthropologist.”

“So, let me return to this idea that if all undergrounds are the same…well, they aren’t really…”

Punk is really informed by paranoia.

“I suppose I’m a skeptical empiricist – or I think that’s what you call it.”

“I’m a huge fan of channeling.”

“What I call Punk Rock is indubitably linked to Surrealism.”

“Oh my gosh you said, “ ‘Cadavre exquis’ – wow, that sounds so much better in French. ‘Exquisite corpse’ just isn’t the same, is it?”

“Forget the idea of the rebel dying young (I hate that…). I say: Live long and keep fighting!”

2. Counter Culture Hour – Sat Oct 11, 2014 6pm Pacific Time
Watch for it this month as Channel 29 re-airs our shows frequently.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 Oct 11, 2014. – see this link at broadcast time: You need a fairly decent internet connection and computer to “get it.” USA west coast: 6:00 PM Sat Oct 11, 2014 USA; east coast: 9:00 PM Sat Oct 11, 2014. Tokyo: 10:00 AM Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 If you cannot get this online email us at See RE/Search channel on youtube: “researchpubs”V. Vale interviewing Rudy Rucker  is now on vimeo:

3. FORTHCOMING EVENTS (San Francisco unless Otherwise Noted)

() $ Now through Oct 9: Nick Cave film: 20,000 Days on Earth. Roxie Thtr, 16th St/Valencia. A must-see!
() Ai Weiwei SHOW is at Alcatraz now…
() $ – our favorite local Grand Guignol Theatre Company at the Hypnodrome – support live local theatre! Shocktoberfest 15:  The Bloody Debutante looms large.  Our first performance is October 9. Tickets are on sale now too!
() $ Wed Oct 1: Yoshi’s SF: Carolyn Wonderland, with James Williamson (Stooges guitarist) on some songs!
() FREE Thur Oct 2, 5-7pm, Opening Reception for Ron Pokrasso, SFGallery, 441 Jackson St/Sansome St.
() Fri Oct 3 9-12pm Mr Lucky plays NORTH BEACH DEBUT–NEW HOTSPOT…! Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus @ Jackson  9-12 $10 Advance /$12 Door/ Food served late… If you’re broke I’ll put you on the guest
() FREE Oct 3-5 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, GG Park, SF
() FREE Fri Oct 3, 6-10pm, Emerald Tablet reception for artist William Reid.
() $35 Sat Oct 4, 8pm-9pm on, Mezzzanine, SF: DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist
() FREE **OAKLAND** Sat Oct 4, 5-8pm. Opening for Kaub Kalousek & Scott McLeod, 499 Embarcadero Bldg #3, Oakland CA 94606
() $ Oct 2-5 ARSE ELEKTRONIKA! RE/Search will have a table here. – Go to this website to appreciate the galactic comprehensiveness of this amazing gala, created by the great monochrom artists group from Vienna, Austria! Videos, presentations, performances – more ideas per hour than you ever dreamed possible!
Thur, 10/2, 8:30pm: Chez Poulet, 3359 Cesar Chavez St/Mission-Van Ness Ave.
Fri 10/3, 6pm, Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission/9-10th Sts, SF
Sat 10/4, 1130AM, Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission/9-10th Sts, SF. ALL DAY RAZZLE-DAZZLE EVENTS!
Sun 10/5, Noon: Talks & Workshops. Noisebridge, 2169 Mission St/17 St-18th Ss, SF
() $ Oct 4-5, SAT 11-7 or SUN 11-6pm, Fort Mason: (APE) ALTERNATIVE PRESS EXPO: RE/Search will be there; come visit us! Email us if you want us to bring some “rare” item for you personally:  Oct 4 Sat Robert Williams in person – time unknown, sorry!
() $ **SACRAMENTO** Sun Oct 5, 9:15-10:15. Blondie at
() FREE Tue Oct 7, 630-8pm DIANE DI PRIMA, Beat Legend Poetess, reads at SF Main Library, Koret Auditorium, Hyde/Market St building, SF.
() $13 Wed Oct 8, 9pm? Thee Parkside, Sham 69, more (Will Jimmy Pursey actually be there?!?)
() $ Wed Oct 8, 6-6:30pm, NYT journalist Nick Carr: “Technology is increasingly automating our lives – is it for better or worse?” Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St/New Montgomery, 2nd floor.
() $12 Fri Oct 10, Bottom of the Hill: Shonen Knife (Japan), Death Valley Girls, Great Apes. At Fillmore: Violent Femmes ($40). Thee Parkside: Slaughter and the Dogs (U.K.) $15.
() FREE Fri Oct 10, 6pm: Art Opening of the 15th Annual Prison Art Show at Tony Serra’s Pier 5 Law Offices, 506 Broadway, SF. RE/Search plans to attend!
() $12 Sat Oct 11 Thee Parkside: Eddie & the Hot Rods (U.K.?)
() $ **LARKSPUR, MARIN COUNTY** Sat Oct 11, 8pm, Lark Theater: Live Conversation with director Darren Aronofsky (part of Mill Valley Film Festival series)
() $21 Mon Oct 13 Great American Music Hall: Bill Frisell, etc
() FREE Mon Oct 13, 730pm: SFAI Auditorium: Llyn Foulkes + Tamar Halpern. One Man Band documentary. RE/SEARCH will attend, so…
() FREE Mon Oct 13, 630-830pm, Morrison Library, 101 Doe Library, UC Berkeley campus. Richard Brautigan Memorial Gathering w/Joanne Kyger, Michael McClure, David Meltzer, Richard’s daughter Ianthe Brautigan-Swensen & grandson Paul Swensen talk with Robert Hass, etc. V. Vale will speak 3-5 minutes about Richard Brautigan! Ianthe will show a 10-minute film about her father. (Um, this is cancelled! Vale submitted a video instead, made by Marian Wallace.)
() $ BERKELEY** Thur Oct 16, 8-11pm Jello Biafra/Michael Parenti at La Pena C.S., 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA.
() FREE Thur Oct 16, 630-830pm, Root Division, 1059 Market/6-7th Sts, Buying and Collecting Art Panel w/Andrew McClintock, etc.
() FREE Fri Oct 17, 530-830pm, DeYoung Museum presents Extra Action Marching Band, etc!
() FREE Sat Oct 18, 7-9pm Peter Berlin talks at Magnet, 4122 18th St, SF (Castro neighborhood). Adults only! Recommended by Dione King.
() FREE Mon Oct 20, 7pm Denah Johnston/Canyon Cinema present free short films! 16 Sherman St, SF
() $ Sat Oct 25, Independent, SF: Rachael Yamagata
() $26 Thur Oct 30, Great American Music Hall: Alejandro Escovedo, Peter Buick
() FREE, sort of! Thur Oct 30, 730pm, WILLIAM GIBSON reading/book signing at Booksmith, Haight/Cole St. To get a seat you must pre-order his new book, which he will autograph for you — very smart strategy! (We like it)
() Fri Oct 31, 8-9pm on, New Parish, Oakland: Extra Action Marching Band, Itchy-O Marching Band (new album out on Alternative Tentacles – beyond the beyond expectations, improvisations, found sound, weird electronics, et al – BIAFRA will be there in person! RE/Search hopes to attend, too!
() FREE Fri Oct 31, 430pm: LINDA MONTANO (in our Angry Women book) at SFAI Auditorium! 800 Chestnut St, SF – RE/Search will attend, so…
() FREE Wed Nov 19, CCA, 360 Kansas St, SF: V. Vale & Marian Wallace do a J.G. Ballard presentation! Check CCA website for time…
4. OUR PAST LIFE: What We’ve Attended or WANTED to Attend/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent/Given, or Seen
() V. Vale made a guest lecturer presentation (about his Incredibly Strange Films book) at Christopher Coppola’s filmmaking class at SFAI Tue Sept 16, 3pm. Marian Wallace showed her work-in-progress William S. Burroughs cut-up film.
() TWO NEW CHROME ALBUMS (vinyl) available, with gorgeous artwork and including some very rare recordings, rediscovered! Google to find them! Chrome recently toured Europe.
() If you like the Cure and Joy Division (U.K. bands early 80s sound) then check out San Francisco’s own:  Adam Dishart!
() Howard’s Restaurant on 9th Ave by Irving must serve the best breakfast in town, reasonably priced, too! Great wait staff. Recommended when attending the S.F. Zine Fest, visiting the new Green Apple on 9th Ave, or other events close by.
() Our friend Fabio Massari, a Brazilian music writer/radio show host/MTV host/and more visited us several times with Adriana S. and great conversations were enjoyed.
() One of us attended the INdependent’s Sept 9, 2014 Tue night performance (Naut Humon: “One of the greatest concerts you will hear!”) featuring The Swans’ latest incarnation, Michael Gira presiding…
() Sat Oct 11 we had a grand time at The Battery: we even got to play (2) improvisations on the Steinway upright piano. We met Elisa, Amy, Alex & Alex, Reed, Andrew Mc, Robert & Jill, Shelly & friend, plus three more women who facilitated the piano improvs. Julio Cesar Morales curated the Battery Art Show Vol. V (Chris Lux, Jerome Reyes, Jason Jagel, et al) as well as DJ’d (or is it VJ’d?), playing some highly danceable Latin “beats” with hypnotic video…
5. RECOMMENDED LINKS (send some!)
() Meri St Mary will be in Berlin Nov 5-12. Meri St. Mary:   Beehive Records – Meri St. Mary + Th’Mole “PROTAGONISTA” 7″ out November 2014:  “PROTAGONISTA” preview link:  Meri St. Mary & Th’ Mole – Will U Miss Me – from THE BIG CALIFORNIA NOISE COMPILATION:

() from MarkP et al: “That movie was dynamite!”   it’s not a great version of story – it’s a remake of a French film called ‘Wages of Fear’ which is a truely awesome film.×4-unimog-camper-sale-39000-usd-brazil
() from Mako: “thought you’d find it funny:”
() “Make Stuff Now. Make Living Happen.” Some great photographs by Mark Rietveld of Antwerp.
() V. Vale on (part of) this intv which also includes George Kuchar’s actress LINDA MARTINEZ:  NOTE: Vale’s section begins 48 minutes into the program.
() – Gail’s review of SRL L.A. Show
() BIG TAKEOVER #74, our favorite music magazine, edited by Jack Rabid: If you can’t find it easily, email:  to help you find a copy!
() Last Gasp Kickstarter campaign:
We have a week left.  Near the half way point.  If we don’t make it your pledges will be refunded.  If we do make it all these fall and winter books will see the light of day and we will be able to continue to bring the best in art and odd culture to you and others.  Please check it out, find something and pledge and share on your social media and emails.  Really appreciate this,  Ron Turner  Publisher  Last Gasp    just go here or site.
() from Steven Gray: “Henri Michaux was a French poet who took mescaline in the 1950’s and wrote about it.  Here is my review:
() JOHN TRUBEE (featured in our PRANKS book, still available from us!) has released new recordings (Ugly Janitors of America) & compilations on CD! Call 707-545-7784 or write to ORDER!
() Elisa Breton, the 3rd wife of Andre Breton, died April 5, 2000, Paris, France (born April 25, 1906, Chile). Andre Breton died Sept 28, 1966, Paris, France. (born Feb 18, 1896, Tinchebray, France.)
() “POCKETS! Must be in the air, or the universal “mana,” or that cosmic “book” (can’t remember the NAME) that certain of us on the same “wavelength” “tap” as in: “We are all like wireless workstations on the Cosmic Computer” … or do we tap in to a “cosmic internet” of knowledge?” [David Thomas, YouTube video on “pockets”]
“Books are Pockets of Knowledge:” “Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. … our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.”—Carl Sagan
() “Facebook invades your emotionality, not your privacy.”
() “Religion Poisons Everything.”—graffiti in Antwerp
() “Deliberately Make Mistakes…”
() “Search for Weird…” aka “Search for Strange…”
() “Details Reveal ‘Truth’.”
() “Dictatorship of Linearity.”
() “Why Do-It-Yourself when you can Do It Together?”
() “If Black Humor is NOT allowed, Be Very, Very Afraid—Flee!” (religions, politics)
() “Free All Dogs!” — KQW
() “Power Corrupts. PowerPoint Corrupts Absolutely.”—Edward Tufte
() “Silence Is Beautiful.”
() “V. Vale!
Thanks for getting back to me so soon. It’s amazing to get right through to you, the author of the magazine. I must tell you that this particular publication has meant the lot to me as a young woman. It has comforted me, made me laugh and given me hope of some sort. A dear friend introduced me to Ballard, probably in 1987 and soon after my swallowing of The Atrocity Exhibition and High Rise, he gave me a copy of your magazine. Since then I have had numerous copies, but always felt like giving them away. I think now is the time I get my own, and keep it.
… I would like to get a copy before they are out of reach. Best, Kristine”
() “Here’s a Joan Rivers joke :  “Men say they want an intelligent woman but no man ever put his hand up a woman’s dress looking for a library card”    I’m sure it will offend the politically incorrect crowd….anyway why did I mention this  — because she was punk rock before punk rock….remember “you can dress like a rebel or you can be a rebel…”….mc   (“I suppose you can do BOTH simultaneously” — maybe!!! Vale’s reply)
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1. DIANE DI PRIMA! The Beat Legend sponsored us for 6 months – THANK YOU, DIANE! [x10/14)
2. 47 Canal Street (Gallery w/events, NYC) – go visit & say RE/Search sent you!
3.  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 First Fridays North Beach Art Walk… (x12/31/14)
4. METASONIX:  Since 1999, the world’s only maker of vacuum-tube music synthesizers.
5. From our friends Amy and Brian – they have a new software in the works, watch for it!  (x7/31/15)
6. V. Vale’s RE/Search Newsletter is cordially sponsored by “Beyond the Beyond.”Information Wants To Be Free WE MEAN IT MAN! $0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0$0
7. Phil Lenihan, former contributor to Sluggo! and Svengali in the Austin Punk scene, is the proprietor of the Orphic Gallery and curator of the Eight Track Museum in Roxbury, NY. (x7/31/2015)
8. Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company – Penelope Rosemont, Chicago Surrealist Group founder. (x5/31/15)
9. Kevin O’Malley+Christie Dames, the High-Heeled Anarchist: TechTalk/Studio: + Commonwealth Club, San Francisco. (x4/31/15)
10. Emily Armstrong/Pat Ivers’ pioneering 1st generation NYC 1975-80 punk videos! see ’em yourself @ NYU Fales Library Downtown Collection, debut: Oct 2013
11. The doomfiles:
12. “The FruitGuys loves Re/Search! Eat healthy at work, save family, born in North Beach in 1998.” (x11/30/14)
13.  a San Francisco music production company creates innovative/original music for YOUR films/videos: CD’s, mp3 downloads, studio session work, soundtracks by ‘Sound Behavior Troupe’—experienced Bay Area musicians (x6/30/15)
14. New release from Koenig’s Road—Single: “Love Supermarket”—”It’s the best damn country north of Nashvile.” (x/12/31/14)OCTOBER 2014 RE/Search eNewsletter #131 written by V. Vale & other contributors. RE/Search website poweredby  Add us (““) to Your Address Book

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