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V. Vale’s RE/Search Publications Newsletter #138, May 2015: Leonora Carrington, Jack Sargeant

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1A: EDITORIAL: Leonora Carrington exhibition write-up by Polly Marshall

1B. Zora Burden’s Interview with Jack Sargeant about his new book “Against Control” Pt.1 (Pt. 2 will follow next month)

1C. NEW FROM RE/SEARCH: LSD MUSEUM ZINE. Penny Rimbaud book. Monte Cazazza Zine (2nd printing!). AND NOW: Diane DiPrima zine (10 copies)!

2. The Counter Culture Hour: Sat May 9, 2015 6pm

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1A. We want to write up a review of being at the Baltimore Zine Fest hosted by Open Space. For now, suffice to say that Open Space seems to us an “Artists’ Group Utopia that dares not attach that label.” We had the greatest time!

Two of our readers sent us wonderful contributions and here is the first:

“Leonora Carrington: 6th March-31st May 2015 Tate Liverpool” by Polly Marshall

As you enter the exhibition, you see the enormous (2130×4570 mm) triptych painted in 1964. The Magical World of the Mayas is a mural for the National Institute of Anthropology in Mexico City, packed with symbols of Mayan civilization. Slightly curved, the work transgresses the flat planes of the modernist canvas. This is its first showing outside Mexico.

André Breton called Mexico the surreal-est country of all, for its layering of Spanish Catholicism with the Aztec and Mayan. Surrealists loved this mapping of iconography on to traditional beliefs. Of all the European surrealists who sought adventure there, Carrington was the only one who was accepted as a Mexican artist. She had a deep empathy with its indigenous people, and travelled in Chiapas to research The Magical World, experiencing Shamanic healing rituals. This painting shows that journey. There are owl figures bottom right, and hellish figures writhe in an earthy layer at the bottom “down below,” a space Carrington returns to again and again.

With her “moonlike face in a field of wheat that is also golden hair” The Giantess has stylistic borrowings from Bosch and Cranach. Carrington’s medieval stylings resonate with the Tudor symbolism of gnosticism and alchemical transformation: here things morph along the boundaries between the natural and the human world.The exhibition also displays tapestries of heraldic potency, created by indigenous weavers who Carrington invited into her home. Alongside is a painted cradle, a stuffed figure, and juvenilia of astonishing talent; jewel-like fairytale illustrations drawn aged 16, superfine work of unsurpassed beauty.

And here is the stuff of nightmares, damnably dark. 1974’s Sanctuary for Furies shows an alchemist’s laboratory bearing the legend: ERINYS SANCTUARY. KEEP OUT! ANTHROPOS AT WORK. In Greek mythology, the Erinys were supernatural personifications of the anger of the dead. Somatic trauma is painted out here – there was more than enough in Carrington’s life story. Perhaps the shamans of Chiapas helped. Perhaps her supplications to Irish fairies did the trick. But more of them later.

The exhibition is multi-faceted and includes light-hearted poetry with Seuss- like illustrations: “if Pigs like towns/were tall and grey/would/SAUSAGES/be/ possible /if/Pigs/Were /Tall/ Like /This?” There are also elegant hat designs for a Parisian couturier and costumes for The Tempest, dressing Prospero in a cloak covered in eyes.

Ink drawings, with a masterly line, display all the confidence of her patrician background, and she created darkly comic works like Séance (1998) well into her eighties. The exhibition carries quotations from Carrington’s writings, painted on the wall in red letters. My favourite: “There are things that are not sayable. That’s why we have art.”

It’s easy to get sidetracked by Carrington’s sensational life-story. She personified patriarchal surrealism’s ideals of Femme-Enfant and Amour Fou. Aged nineteen she ran away to Paris with Max Ernst, was disowned by her family, then they were trapped by war; he in a concentration camp, she in a Spanish mental institution where her “psychosis” was treated with cardiazol which gave her convulsions similar to ECT. She wrote about this experience in Down Below. Its medieval torture and nightmarish visions are apparent in her work. It’s all very well the André Bretons of this world hero-worshipping her from the safety of their position as voyeur – Carrington had to go through the hell of it.

Escaping from the institution, she sought asylum in the Mexican Embassy in Lisbon, married Renato Leduc so her parents could no longer commit her, and moved to Mexico City, where she painted for herself for a while, developing her ideas about the domestic as sacred space. Another wall quote from the exhibition states: “Houses are really bodies.We connect ourselves with walls, roofs and objects just as we hang on to our livers, skeletons, flesh and bloodstream.”

In 1949 she read Robert Graves’s masterpiece, which she described as “the greatest revelation of my life.” The White Goddess re-opened the door for the Tuatha dé Danaan, Irish fairy people also known as the Sidhe, that her maternal grandmother Moorhead and her Irish nanny had told her about as a child, in absolute certainty that she was descended from them.

Intertwined in her work are abundant references to Tibetan Buddhism, Kabbalism and Medieval Alchemy, as curving segments of text floating backwards and forwards, in and out of the painting, thanks to Carrington’s innate talent for writing with both hands, and in reverse. Which made her convent schoolteachers think her possessed. 

Another wall text: “I think there are very dangerous devils, and I think there are interesting devils, and I think there are very stupid devils, I think there are probably intelligent ones, and angels and anything that has been invented. Hundreds, thousands of them, all over the place… Well, I use the word invented when I mean seen. I don’t know what ‘invented’ means, really, do you?”

Either way, the exhibition at Tate Liverpool is a thoughtfully curated and inspiring collection which must be seen, a spellbinding door into Leonora Carrington’s Magical World.

Exhibition sponsored by Edge Hill University. Thanks to Louise Tythacott whose Surrealism and the Exotic is a great guide through the “essentialist, magical and dreamlike primitive world.” [end]

1B. Jack Sargeant interviewd by Zora Burden on the event of the publication of his book, “Against Control”

Q: How did you first learn of Burroughs and which of his works meant the most to you at the time? How has your appreciation of him grown throughout your life?

A: I had older friends – only a couple of years older, but that’s enough when you’re a teenager. I would have been, maybe twelve or thirteen, hanging out with fifteen—maybe sixteen-year-olds. One in particular was very interested in music and literature, and by the time I was in my mid-teens I had been exposed to various forms of experimental music and culture through this friendship.

This era – the very end of the seventies and early eighties – was the great period for post-punk bands making literary references and cultural links in their artworks or statements or interviews. You’d pore over details for hints of things, read interviews with bands, look at references in liner notes and so on.

So, invariably I was fairly young when I first heard of Burroughs, and I guess I read The Naked Lunch early on. From the ages of, say, thirteen or fourteen till eighteen I read a lot of things—especially modern literature and cult novels.

But from the age of, maybe ten or so, I remember reading all the time. I was always one of those kids who read a lot; especially pulp horror novels, science-fiction books, and so on—I remember as a kid reading all those mid-seventies horror books like James Herbert’s The Rats and Lair. And as I got older the stuff I read just expanded and expanded as I followed ideas and links and inspirations. I mean, I am sure this was fairly common amongst people I knew, and I imagine your youth was the same.

I think that I was also very lucky that I had those opportunities and came from a very literary subculture. There were so many bookshops and, even better, you would discover what I guess you could call “alternative bookshops.” These would stock all manner of left-field books: beat stuff, punk stuff, political books, philosophy, fanzines, sex books, occult literature and so on… a fantastic opportunity to search out the unusual, chance upon hidden gems and uncover new works. Of course, alongside these there was also science-fiction bookstores too, so a lot of very good literature was just so readily available. My weekends consisted of walking around bookstores and record stores and browsing for whatever looked interesting.

In relation to William Burroughs in particular, as time has gone on, I think I’ve started to appreciate the ideas behind the works more, and, returning to read these supposedly “difficult” books periodically, they seem easier to read and get things from. Reading them now is like engaging with old friends.

Q: What about his work personally resonated with you, and how did this affect your own writing or personal views on society? Had you already held the same philosophies/ideals he articulated in his books?

A: I’m not really sure what resonated with me as a youth. I think, primarily, the idea of this figure of the visionary… the black humor… really mattered. When you heard those recordings of him reading, which I guess were around the same period that I first read the books, and that deadpan drawl, that helped make sense of the work, I think. As to the ideas he advocated, I think the emphasis on The Outsider resonated with me a lot. But there was always what I guess you could call the industrial-culture fascination with sound and image and mutated technologies. But when I was a youth, Burroughs was part of a much wider literary culture – it wasn’t, and isn’t, just Burroughs. I read De Sade, Flannery O’Connor, J.G. Ballard, Kathy Acker—you know, a lot of different things.

Q: Which medium of his work did you appreciate the most? Do you feel one form of his work best represented who he was as a whole?

A: I don’t think anyone can be really represented with one or two aspects of their work. All aspects of somebody’s work reveal different parts of their personality, I guess. For me: I dip into the books frequently, I listen to the recordings. I am sure that they all reflect different parts of him as a person, while simultaneously, in some way, perhaps not reflecting him at all. I mean, we read into things—we project our own ideas and so on into the work of others. 

It is also, to me, very important to remember that people change throughout their lives, so in my thinking the notion of “who he was” is not a fixed thing but a developing process. Most obviously, if you read his volumes of letters you can see him change in some way as a person. But I believe that all of us change throughout our lives, whether through learning and experience, developing greater self-knowledge—whatever. I think as soon as people stop developing, or stop thinking, or stop learning, they stop truly living.

Q: Which of his works do you feel had the most impact on society and how do you feel his audience has changed over time?

A: In terms of having an influence on society, without a doubt, Naked Lunch. Primarily because it was one of those books that challenged so many of the existing censorship laws and it helped lead the way to a greater freedom in literature. The correspondence around it in the Times Literary Supplement is great, just to see the various people taking sides, arguing for or against this novel… that was included in the edition I first read, if memory serves, and offered some kind of context.

Of course, the cut-up trilogy [The Soft Machine, The Ticket That Exploded, and Nova Express] also challenged the ideas of what literature was, but that was part of a longer history of experimental textuality that helped re-define the nature of the written word. However, Burroughs also explored cut-up recordings and so on, which engaged in recorded sound in a new way… similarly the film-collaborations… especially The Cut-Ups which was directed by Antony Balch, with Burroughs, Brion Gysin and Ian Sommerville, explored new potentials in editing and structure.

It would be impossible to say which areas of the many counter-cultures he influenced most because there are so many… I mean it’s safe to say that aspects of queer literature, industrial culture, satire – all were influenced by Burroughs in various ways. But then, things he did as a collaborator with Brion Gysin, Antony Balch and Ian Sommerville—to my mind the R&D wing of the Burroughs universe—things like the Dreamachine, cut-up tapes, movies, photographs and so on—have had an influence on the arts. too.

So, I think his work had an impact on society in cultural and political terms in relation to censorship but also in terms of influencing ideas around creativity and creative practice.

As to his audience changing, I’m not sure I’m not old enough to comment. I entered into William Burroughs through ideas from post-punk and industrial culture so that is, I think, the audience I am a part of. But of course, there’s also the counter-culture Burroughs that preceded that, the “Beat” Burroughs, then there’s the literary-academic audience, the queer audience, and so on. I think, like any good writer, there would be a hopefully limitless number of audiences and readings.

Q: When did you start writing about Burroughs or create your own work inspired by him?

Tune in next month to read the rest of Jack Sargeant interview by Zora Burden!

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() $ – our favorite local Grand Guignol Theatre Company at the Hypnodrome – support live local theatre!

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() Support the Roxie Theater: great programming EVERY NIGHT (our opinion). Right now, a short FILM NOIR fest – Jello Biafra and actress Linda Martinez will attend!

() S.F. EVENTS to Check Out Regularly: Long Now Foundation. Goethe Institute. The List (Punk Rock). Dorkbot. Bottom of the Hill. INdependent. Thee Parkside. The Chapel.

() FREE NOW through May 23. – Contemporary Photography in Mexico at SF Camerawork, 1011 Market St 2nd flr/6th St, S.F – RE/Search recommends!

() FREE Fri May 1, 6-10pm Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St: Punk Renaissance Photography Show with Ruby Ray, Kamera Zie, James Stark, Elaine Vestal (all Search&Destroy photographers or contributors) and more. FREE Sat May 2, 5-10pm: Punk Renaissance Spoken Word Readings w/Annex (Search&Destroy contributor), Winston Tong, et al. RE/Search will have a table there; come meet V. Vale – even Search&Destroy issues will be available for sale (1977-79 vintage)!

() $ Sat May 2, 10am-10pm: **LOS ANGELES** The most futuristic event of the year: InsTEDFest – put on by “Rachel” who did the fantastic Extreme Futurist Fests – Rachel pulled off what dozens of people could not do – she put on the last **SURVIVAL RESEARCH LABORATORIES (SRL)** show in Los Angeles about 3 years ago! It actually happened! Rachel’s Extreme Futurist Fest is now REBORN as . If you live in L.A. don’t miss the most underground-futuristic event on SAT MAY 2, 10am-10pm, downtown L.A., 695 S Santa Fe Ave, 90021 (near E. 7th St). Repeat, this is THE PLACE TO BE on Sat May 2, Los Angeles! Get your tickets now!!!

() $ Sat May 2 **OAKLAND** FIFTY-FOOT HOSE. See Letters section below for Details!!

() FREE Sun May 3, 10pm-midnite: Monte Cazazza radio show KVMR.ORG… (Meri St. Mary engineers)

() FREE Mon May 4, 730pm, 16 Sherman St, SF: Babeth VanLoo’s first 16mm film, “Andy Warhol’s Unfinished Symphony” starring George Kuchar and Raymond Mondini.

() FREE Tue May 5 6-8pm: new SFAQ Performance Space, 449 O’Farrell/Taylor St, SF: V. Vale interviews ED HARDY, firestarter of a Tattoo Renaissance (60s til NOW & THE FUTURE): LIVE, at 7pm-8pm. Be early to get a seat!

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Friday, May 15th 12 – 9 PM: Installation open to public (free) 4 – 7 PM: Reception and book signing with Ed Hardy, Michael McCabe, and Ruth Marten (free)  Saturday, May 16th 10 AM – 12 PM: “Split Personality”: Ed Hardy to discuss 60-year career as tattooer and artist, followed by Q-and-A (ticketed) 1 PM – 9 PM: Exhibition open to public (free

Sunday, May 17th

10 AM – 12 PM: “[TK]”: Ed Hardy to discuss history of New York City tattoo culture with historian/author Michael McCabe and artist Ruth Marten, followed by Q-and-A (ticketed) 1 PM – 7 PM: Exhibition open to public (free)

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() $ Fri May 22 Lustmord plays San Francisco in a Rare Show! Gray Area, 2665 Mission St/22-23rd St. RE/SEARCH plans to attend

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() FREE Sat May 23, 3-5pm Kal Spelletich robot performance of music; guest DJ Chris Johanson. Catharine Clark Gallery, 248 Utah/15th-16th Sts, SF. Kal’s machines on display April 11-May 29, 2015, along with Jo Harvey Allen and Hally Lou in the Media Room.

() $ JUNE 26-28 VISIT SAN FRANCISCO (if you live out of town) in June 26-28 weekend 2015 for The Beat Museum’s 2015 Beat Conference. David Amram, David Meltzer and others plan to speak. V. Vale will give a presentation: ” “The CounterCultural Continuum: From Beat to Punk and beyond…” check schedule for exact times.

Inspired by Bruce Conner’s assertion, “All undergrounds are the same,” RE/Search and Search & Destroy founder V. Vale presents his iconoclastic, overarching observations RE cultural/historical similarities and dissimilarities between Beat, Hippie and Punk movements, with a vision for the future…” 

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() $ June 12-22 TASMANIA** Museum of Old & New Art DARK MOFO Festival: Marina Abramovic, Antony & the Johnsons, the TSO, The Kettering Incident, Funeral, etc.  Spy Emerson hopes to report on this festival for July 2015 RE/Search Newsletter!

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() April – saw Babeth VanLoo’s premiere of PAINTING PEACE: The Art and Life of Kazuaki Tanahashi at Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael; Susan Andrews drove us there. A luminous film with excellent music soundtrack; part of the Buddhist Film Festival.

() The Exploratorium hosted Linda Perhacs and Joshua Light for a concert-lightshow collaboration in April at their fabulous Kanbar Forum Theater. Linda Perhacs is featured in RE/Search’s “Incredibly Strange Music,” and spent some amount of her time since as a dental hygenist! Her music had been largely “undiscovered” until recently. You can hear a bit of her music as an introduction to an interview which runs the gamut of her life & musical influences, here on youtube:

AND led by (or at least inspired by) Joshua Light, a team of (at least) 8 people created and combined light-colored-by-analog-psychedelic treatments which were projected behind Linda and her troupe of young musicians. Truly “a fun trip.” Naut Human (R&N) was there!

() We blazed through Lisa M. Stasse’s The Forsaken (1st part of a trilogy)—Highly recommended as a noir futurist dystopian imagining with some striking images of future “control process” environments. It’s romantic & we like that… Lisa also gave us her SO’s beautiful LP “broken horse” available from

() Winston Smith has work included in a new book: Mix-Up: Kosuke Kawamura Collage Works – a 240-page color volume, sure to be a future collector’s item as an “artist’s book” (work by both artists was exhibited in San Francisco a few years ago). Other artists include: Collaboration artist : Katsuhiro OTOMO / Winston Smith / SKATETHING (C.E)/ Keiichi TANAAMI / Katsuya TERADA / Kazuo KAMIMURA / KING JOE / Shogo MARUOKA / Yoshimitsu UMEKAWA / KILLER-BONG /NADA. / HAMADARAKA / ANI (SCHA DARA PARR) / Masaya NAKAHARA / HANAYO  / ICHASU / REIJI (OKAMOTO’S) / SHOHEI / Masami SANO / Takashi NEMOTO / Masafumi KAMEI / Hiroyuki ASADA / Atsushi KAMIJO / Koji MORIMOTO / Maya NUKIMIZU / Chim↑Pom /ENDON / MARUOSA / OKICHU / Daido MORIYAMA / Hanako YAMADA / BiS / Keiji ITO  – Highly recommended.

() Baltimore Zine Makers gave us some classic, great work which we plan to list in the June Newsletter, so tune in then!  We loved Conor Stechschulte‘s GENEROUS BOSOM Part One, printed on a Risograph in several colors. 

() Wed 4/8/15 Jello Biafra brought us to Slim’s to see MAGMA and it was one of the greatest concerts we have ever seen (no exaggeration) – if YOU get a chance to see them, DO IT! Mind-boggling. Speaking as a musician, I could rehearse a thousand years and never “memorize” their long complex over 2-hour set… and they play different sets, too!!!

() Thur 4/16/15 We were on a “zines panel” at Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland – check them out! Met the nicest people there: Tomas, Johnny Marr, Anjelica Colliard…

() Sat-Sun 4/18-19/15 THANKS TO Beyond Baroque who hosted RE/Search at L.A. Times Festival of Books   Beyond Baroque is the ONLY PLACE IN LOS ANGELES with a COMPLETE STOCK OF RE/SEARCH BOOKS – support ’em!

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() To look at life from a dog’s point of view, read Robert Crais’s SUSPECT…

() We’ve been reading the first four Penguin reissues of Simenon’s Maigret series—great! Thanks, Ed H…

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() This past month met HeatherM. from Berlin, Ifny from Canada, Bambi from L.A., and more!

5. LINKS (Send Us Some!)

() “Why haven’t we tried this yet?  And why have I never heard of this festival? Field trip! -Liam”

“Here’s another one that was a less serious, more fun attempt:

I have a friend who went and really liked it- very crazy, not entirely safe – Doug Su”

() for JG BALLARD LOVERS: eye-opening:

() “I recently stumbled upon this video about art and technology, I found it very interesting an thought I’d pass it along to you.  – from Alex. C.

() from V in London: Ballard, Burroughs...

How much an author makes off their books – Brian McClellan:

Crass’s Gee Vaucher on Anarchism Etc:

Why are some videos not available legitimately in the U.K.? What a pain!

() (“The Cut-Ups” movie by Antony Balch, W.S.Burroughs, et al)


() Meri St. Mary new Psychedelic-Electronic Recording:

() – from Gloria K.

() – our adopted son from Japan Yoshi Yubai has his first Tokyo photo show – check it out! This show features B&W prints taken in San Francisco about 7 years ago…


() “Mobile notifications put people in a state of perpetual emergency interruption.” -Douglas Rushkoff – sent by Rhea T.

() ” “This New York Times article reminds us that design is just as much an editorial tool as it is a tool of aesthetics, usability and user experience. Use your power as a designer wisely.

A common misconception about data journalism is that it’s somehow less biased than traditional print journalism. Use of data lends an air of objectivity and legitimacy to a piece of journalism, and that goes double when it’s beautifully visualized. The journalist who made this data–filled article must be being honest with us, because…data. The numbers can’t lie, right?

“If you torture the data long enough, it will confess.” –Ronald Coase” —sent by Gloria K.

() Someone anonymous sent us this “poem” titled “(NOT SO) LONG AGO…”:

“There used to be bookstores, so people took walks

There used to be Tower; we went every week

There still are some clothes stores; they’re not doing well

There still are some malls, a consumer hell…

“But computers arrived, a gigantic hive brain

A god-like plot to make people insane

So people stayed home and stared at their screen

Which got even “better”; the Internet came

Then smartphones arrived and extended the dream

If you went outside to buy coffee and cream

Everywhere zombies were stumbling around

They don’t look at you; they see nothing at all

“But… was this all a predictable scheme?

of massive hypnosis and full mind control?

To make people fat, and blind as a bat

obsessed with self-images, fashion and cats

Able to shop with a click of their mouse

And boring as slugs, robotic and slack

All robbed of their joy and their history too

And empty inside ‘cuz their iife’s in their phone?

“We don’t know the future but hope it’s not this:

No reading of books, 

No goals, no wisdom, no transcendent bliss…”


() “This is Spy Emerson, writing in the midst of a hero’s journey on the other side of the world. Last week I left the sweet springtime of sunny California for a three months travel through Australia, and ultimately, Tasmania, to participate in a celebration of darkness on a savage and lonely island. The Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart  hosts a series of Art and Music events during their DARK MOFO festival, climaxing with a nude swim in the freezing Derwent River at midnight of Winter Solstice.  I will be there to dive headlong into that din, an absolute immersion into the darkness. 

MONA is featuring Art and music from world class performers like Marina Abramović and Antony & the Johnsons. I plan to attend some of the sensory events like Wild At Heart which excites and terrifies me simultaneously, described as, “…a wintery pilgrimage in to the dark heart of Tasmania’s wilderness”… yikes!! The events descriptions are abstract and minimal, the BLACKLISTED event is described in six steps: 

1. Dress appropriately for the end. You are going out like that.

2. If abducted during the course of the night, the safe word is bananas.

3. Be a wild and free gay horse like Harrison Forward on a bunk bed.

4. Acknowledge the power of magic.

5. Do not kill non-human animals. Do not harm little children. Be respectful to small adults.

6. Listen closely, go hard, open your mouth, close your eyes, sacrifice for the greater mood.

ABDUCTION!?! SAFEWORD!?! I signed up immediately. 

Within the next twelve weeks I have a lot of adventuring to do!! Currently I’m making new work, “Hops with Cops” for the FIGMENT Festival in Geelong, happening May 30th. Press is already buzzing about it…

Soon I head out to Brisbane to see the David Lynch exhibition at the Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Then I go to Tasmania…

I am looking for a press connection. If my story (or column) is of interest to you, please contact me asap, as the submission date for press pass is ever looming.

Thank you for your consideration, Spy Emerson 

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() “Fifty Foot Hose, Brave Ulysses, Neverland Latin Jazz Band, Dead Girl’s Candy  Saturday, May 02, 2015 7PM, Early Show, All Ages

Sweets Ballroom, 1933 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612

Tickets available here –  $20 advance, $25 at door – $10 for students  All proceeds benefit Oakland School for the Art’s Theatre students’ trip to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer to perform.

Years before the electro pulsations of Kraftwerk, Eno’s abstract art rock synth explorations or Can’s minimalist collective spontaneous compositions, Fifty Foot Hose was blowing minds with oscillations, warbulations and modulations. They were one of the first bands to fuse rock music with electronic instruments and avant-garde compositional ideas. 

Little known or understood in their time, they went on to influence many iconic bands.

“Bands like Pere Ubu, Chrome and Throbbing Gristle have cited them as an influence” Mike Rowell, SF Weekly, 1994

One thing Dave Brock and Nik Turner of Hawkwind agree on is they both love the Hose:

In the Pre-synth days, before commercial synthesizers,their 1967 album Cauldron features a remarkable variety of homemade electronic instruments built by Louis “Cork” Marcheschi.

“If you really want weird, listen to this experimental oddity from one of the most radical bands of the psychedelic era” – The Guardian – Walter” 

() from Monte Cazazza: “I’m an atheist not an entertainer”!

“I don’t want freedom of religion. I want freedom from religion”!

() from Forest Juziuk: “HEY VALE! I thought you might be interested in seeing some photos I took of Billy Childish in London, Chatham, Rochester & Whitstable a couple years ago. I’m getting them ready for publication in Yeti mag and a book about Billy Childish (a friend is reissuing six of his albums). I dearly love your interview book with Billy, Henry [REAL CONVERSATIONS 1, still available!], et al 

() from Meri St. Mary: “Hey RE/SEARCH : Wanted to thank you for asking me to print something about my new record… I am working on a video/short on my own for PROTAGONISTA!… Here is a beautiful piece of writing about PROTAGONISTA! from Ariel Sima of the (great) electronic duo FARMACIA (from Argentina):

“It’s very difficult for me to make a review of the album “PROTAGONISTA!” I am neither a writer or a journalist. I am a musician & I love listening to music.… the EP “PROTAGONISTA!” generated on me a lot of emotions…  it’s a whole work of art. The 7″ format, followed by the beautiful cover design… It’s an amazing work created by Meri St. Mary’s voice, deep & emotional and Th’ Mole’s musical genius, which continues like a puzzle (which will surely break your mind) a sound collage that will take you, in a single song, through several interesting scenarios, plenty of moods, textures & sensations. I can’t say any more… just listen it, enjoy it & get your own opinion about this great album!”

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9.  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)

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11. Reid Mukai – Seattle WA  (x7/30/15) Reid offers the Vuber Cosmos (beautifully made): – Re-usable devices for e-liquids, herbs and herb concentrates. Less harmful and more affordable than smoking cigarettes. We don’t support big tobacco!

12. 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)

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