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V. Vale’s RE/Search Newsletter #139, June 2015: Baltimore Zine Fest, Jack Sargeant

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1A: EDITORIAL: Baltimore Zine Fest Review by V. Vale

1B. Part 2 of Zora Burden’s Interview with Jack Sargeant about his new book Against Control.

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

1D. Part 1 of Stephane von Stephane’s TALES FROM GERMANIA (Punk Rock in San Francisco: How It All Began)

2. The Counter Culture Hour: Sat June 13, 2015 6pm

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1A. We still 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! In fact, Baltimore felt like San Francisco in the early ’80s, back when real estate was still affordable, and “art spaces” could be rented for low-cost or free happenings, concerts, poetry readings, film showings and more…

If only we could transplant Baltimore’s low-rent-for-art-spaces to San Francisco here and now! Our favorite local art space, Emerald Tablet (, closed down after its 5-year-lease expired and the rent went sky-high! This was a community center fostering a huge range of creativity. Jazz, flamenco, classical, baroque, neo-folk, experimental and noise music was featured! People read poetry and their latest short pieces! There were opportunities to sketch and do watercolors with live nude models! There were rare films screened, and short plays acted out, plus a lot of Art Shows (art on the walls; sculpture). GONE! All… KILLED BY RENT!

Also, co-founder Lapo (Guzzini) was instrumental in publishing a North Beach literary journal titled Vitriol which, along with fiction, poetry, and art,  featured a great critique of what’s been wrecking San Francisco, by Bucky Sinister. Order it from . We hope Vitriol continues, although without the existence of Emerald Tablet, we wonder. The website is – and we bid co-founder Della Heywood a sad farewell as she departs for the north country… Lapo can be contacted at

1B. Part 2 of Jack Sargeant interviewed by Zora Burden on the event of the publication of his book, “Against Control”

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

A: I think, in the public eye, with my book Naked Lens: Beat Cinema, which Creation Books published and which has subsequently been republished by Soft Skull. But a few years prior to writing that I was loosely involved in contributing as part of a larger collective who organized an evening of readings and performances that happened around Burroughs’s 80th Birthday. This event took place in Brighton, England, and brought together local artists, writers and performers.  

I did various cut-up experiments and so on as a youth. Coming of age listening to first wave industrial music—Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and so on—there was a sense of a very particular Burroughs, which was the author of Electronic Revolution, sound experimenter and so on. This was a reading that was filtered through books like Vale’s RE/Search books on Burroughs, Gysin and Throbbing Gristle, and the volume on Industrial Culture. So, perhaps that was the influence on my work. I return to these  key, central works often.

Q: What do you feel was the real catalyst or underlying motivation that compelled Burroughs himself to start writing?

A: I think that’s more of a biographical reading, and I’m not a biographer, or at least I don’t consider myself to be one. I’m much more interested by his ideas, or those ideas that emerge from his work. I like reading biographies, and periodically will sit down and devour a small pile of biographies (for example, recently I read Edgewise, the excellent Cookie Muller biography which I really enjoyed) but I don’t think I could write a biography, so much as periodically suture a biographical anecdote into something because it makes sense at that moment.

Q: Do you feel his freedom from financial constraints due to his trust fund played a large part in his ability to create his work? Do you think he would have had the same opinions and lifestyle had he been confined to menial employment?

A: I don’t know, I think that’s all open for debate… I mean, I’m sure that helped to an extent, but then other writers and artists have also pushed aesthetic or cultural boundaries while working full-time jobs—look at Charles Bukowski working at the post office

Q: Even though Burroughs was more of a literary ‘”lone wolf” how much of his work do you think was created as a result of collaboration, or from the urging from his peers?

A: As I said, I am not a biographer but I do think that he was encouraged by his friends and to me that’s wonderful, having people around who can support you intellectually. That support network may be more important than anything else.  

Q: Since Burroughs sought to break all forms of restrictive conventions and boundaries on every level—metaphysical, personal, societal—do you believe his goal in his work was ultimately to document his explorations and experiments seeking this autonomy, or was he genuinely desiring to establish himself within the literary world?

A: He was out there pushing boundaries of what was considered acceptable content and he was challenging the very notion of the written text. So, I think that any sense of “marketability” must have been fairly limited. I think that’s perhaps the true sign of a genuine, fearless thinker: a person who will pursue their passions and interests rather than think of pleasing markets and audiences.

Q: Given Burroughs’s concerns with control, and his fear and vulnerabilities by possession of various entities, leading to his extensive work with the esoteric, do you feel his work in itself was a form of magick? If so which of his works?

A: When he writes about various forms of cut-ups as magic and so on, I think that could be seen as a form of chaos magic. I think that his work has probably influenced some aspects of chaos magic. The writer Matthew Levi Stevens has recently had a book published on this subject – The Magical Universe of William Burroughs, which is worth investigating for those interested in the specifics of that area. 

Q: I’ve always wanted to know what is your writing process like and how do you research your subjects?

A: My writing process seems to be almost organic. I spent less time writing than I’d like, which I imagine is a common thing for writers to say, but I spent a lot of time thinking about ideas. I keep notebooks, and will spend a day scrawling notes or ideas down, gluing in pictures that are interesting to me, and so on, but whether these are part of my process or not I don’t know. I look through them, but they are more just a part of a creative thinking process, that somehow ends up in a written work, rather than obvious drafts of the text. Although sometimes there can be drafts of paragraphs in these notes.

When I actually write, I sit down and write at the computer. Then – normally – print it out and re-write on the manuscript, then edit in those changes. Then I sit and worry that it’s terrible. Then I revisit it and maybe change it again. Sometimes I can write, say, two thousand words in a couple of hours; sometimes it’s like a slow and painful crawl. I tend to have certain ideas I want to articulate, and if I am lucky then they come easily, but other times I can spend an entire week on a paragraph. Even if I do something else, that paragraph remains in my mind until I have spat it forth onto the paper. Of course, the reader sees none of this, and would probably care less, but the very arrangement of words in a sentence can cause me hours of an almost physical discomfort.

Q: What was involved in the creation of your book Against Control?

A: Against Control was a different process, because the pieces included are from lectures or essays that have – in one form or another – been written or published, so the process was more trying to tidy up things, chase up better references, re-introduce, edit or move around paragraphs that may have been excised originally, and so on. It was still gruelling for me, because that idea of looking at your own work is, for me, quite hard. I guess it took a couple of months to get everything in there sorted out, and try and keep the original tone of each piece, to respect my original intentions, and my original motivation. 

Q: For those who don’t know, what other books, essays or lectures have you done on Burroughs?

A: Well, I already mentioned Naked Lens: Beat Cinema, but I have also written an introduction for Michael Spann’s essay on Burroughs in Mexico, or rather the Mexico Burroughs found himself moving in, which was published with a related Burroughs piece. The book is called William S Burroughs’ Unforgettable Characters, and is published by Inkblot. They’ve published some really interesting books relating to the Burroughs and Gysin world and are well worth checking out.

Last year [Feb 5-9, 2014] I appeared at The Burroughs Century in Bloomington, Indiana. I gave the closing session, where I talked for an hour or so about all the Burroughs stuff that fascinates me; Dreamachines, sound cut-ups and so on. I was talking in front of a huge cinema screen that I had tuned to static fuzz, so when I started talking about the flicker effect I turned on the projector and the whole audience had the quasi-flicker of static playing behind me, which I thought was quite enjoyable. That was a wonderful weekend. Oliver Harris was there and gave a great talk of course, Mark Hosler from Negativland was there and was performing, so I got to meet him and talk, and Lydia Lunch was there doing a spoken word performance and a talk at the event, so we got to catch-up. The whole experience was pretty much perfect, Charles Cannon who organized it did a great job. I believe it was the first event of the year-long Burroughs Century, and on his 100th birthday – which was the day the event started – they had a brilliant Naked Lunch-inspired birthday cake. It was also insanely cold, which meant I sampled local whiskeys and trampled through snowdrifts.

I’m also inspired a lot by my perception of lack: if something I want to see isn’t happening, I tend to try and make it happen. One time I was talking with my good friend Holiday about literature and culture and so on, and it dawned on the two of us that there was a real need for a space to disseminate some of these ideas. So, the two of us founded what we first described as a decadent reading group, which somehow became known as the Decadent Society. For a couple of years, from around late 2010 onwards, we held a series of fairly exciting public talks, readings and lectures on a variety of subjects. The idea was that I would give a talk and then somebody else would the following month, you know? What happened is that about four or five people gave some wonderful talks, and some genuinely exciting information and ideas were discussed and celebrated, but basically I gave about eighty percent of the talks over, maybe, two-and-a-half-years.

So, I was giving monthly talks on subjects as diverse as Harry Crosby, car crash pop songs, and, of course, William Burroughs to a small but dedicated audience. We held these talks in two different bookshops, a nightclub, and at a local art gallery, and they were always very enjoyable. We incorporated some performance elements too – we had the guitarist Mike Cooper perform – that was incredible; we had a naked woman as a human food platter which certainly challenged some people in the audience, and Holiday performed music. All ways of stimulating the imagination of our audience.

But with Burroughs in particular, for a while I would give an annual talk. I did one – which is included in Against Control – celebrating fifty years since the publication of Naked Lunch, I did one on the Dreamachine and flicker which subsequently inspired an essay, which again is in the book. I did a lecture on Burroughs and cut-ups. Many of these lectures were given in an underground art space in Sydney called the Mu-Meson Archives.

And I did one in Brighton, in the UK, early on, and we went to the fetish club the Torture Garden afterwards. And there were girls who had been at the talk hanging out half-naked in rubber and fetish wear. It felt good to see that there were these two communities overlapping, this intellectual book reading crowd and this sexy party crowd. I love that.

Of course as a result of Naked Lens: Beat Cinema over the years I’ve done many talks on Burroughs’s film collaborations with Balch, Gysin and Sommerville, and curated many related film screenings. I’ve also attended the European Beat Studies Network annual conference and given a paper there. I’m sure I’ll do others; I’m not done with Burroughs yet, although as an aside I recently gave a talk on JG Ballard.

Q: Will you talk about the many ways Burroughs broke the limitations of language and thought, and how you have utilized this in your own work? Can you advise others on how they can apply Burroughs techniques for their writing or any form of artistic self-expression?

Part 3 (by Zora Burden) will appear in the July Newsletter!

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1D. Part 1 of Stephane von Stephane’s TALES FROM GERMANIA (Punk Rock in San Francisco: How It All Began)

There were holes in everything.

“NO MORE BEATLES ELVIS OR ROLLING STONES IN 1977! —The Clash” —that was the graffiti I sprayed in red paint on the side of the building on Germania shortly after I moved in. Only, it was actually on the building next door, butted up so close to our building that its walls were part of the stairway leading up to our door. Our mysterious landlady who lived upstairs let us know that that wall was NOT our building. I guess the other building owner probably let her know it in no uncertain terms. Regardless, the graffiti stayed for many years even after I moved out, and no retribution occurred. (Unless you consider the punk rock lifestyle to be retribution, ha ha.)

I don’t remember being officially introduced to that “vision in the short tight skirt with the slit up the back” known as our landlady. I moved in unofficially from across the alley. Germania is a two-block street in the lower Fillmore/Haight, near the old Mint Building and is one of those San Francisco streets that are too skinny to be “real” streets. More of an alley. And I was an alley cat.

One fine day an Anita Pallenberglooking woman called out to me as I was starting up the steps to my first apartment on Germania, and asked if I would help her move a mattress up the stairs to her place directly across from my place. I did. After we situated the mattress we had sex of course—wouldn’t you? A few days later I slunk out of my first apartment, fickle cat that I was, and began living with her on the other side of the street. My roommate from the first apartment probably didn’t appreciate that very much, but soon she replaced me with our friend Bob who had been living with Alejandro and a couple of the other musicians from the Nuns on Divisadero Street in a very groovy Victorian with one of those turrets on top with the curved windows. Perfect poet palace.

Turns out our mysterious landlady was married to Tony Steele who put out a zeroxed punk mag called No Exit. He was gay. She said they really wanted to go on a honeymoon cruise and get wedding presents. She was being regularly visited by one of the slick Sinatra-cum-Spy vs. Spy guys from the band Crime. I’m guessing they were intimately involved. Sitting in the bathtub looking out the hole in the wall in the corner of our bathroom I could see him coming up the street, dressed in black, pale, with Ray-Bans. He’d slink into the flat below for an afternoon rendevous with her. Yes, I wasn’t looking out the window, mind you, I was looking out the hole in the wall.

There were holes in everything.

My Anita Pallenberg-girlfriend had an ancient classic gray whale of a 1940s Volvo with a rusted-out hole in the floorboard. I would watch the asphalt rush by under us as we toured the Tenderloin late at night. She liked to do that. I didn’t much care one way or the other. I was a passenger. And I’d ride and I’d ride/I’d watch the cities’ ripped backsides, etc… (IggyPop)

I truly was a passenger. I had no idea where I wanted to be except for out of the house-in-the-suburbs and into the City. This is the same suburb where Philip K. Dick’s mother wanted to buy a house. He refused to let her. He wanted to stay in Berkeley. Smart man.

I was told by my parents that I was “sick” because I used to draw “homosexual” faces. Well, “androgynous” is what I would have said, but that would have been a completely alien concept to the parental unit, and also “sick.” One day I was sitting drawing those faces with India Ink at the living room table and my mother freaked out and swept the drawing pad and ink to the floor. Naturally it was a white carpet and the deep black India Ink made a fantastically great Jackson Pollock stain. More freaking out ensued.

A few weeks later I left unannounced. A friend from the Junior College had just moved to San Francisco to Lake Merced Hill. He said I should move in with him. So I did. The stipulation was that I pretend to be his girlfriend for his parents sake. They owned casinos and so he was a “trust fund” baby. They adored me, undoubtedly hoping I had cured him of being a queer. This was my first encounter with that type of monied world. It seemed utterly bizarre and false to me.

I can’t even remember why I started going to S.F. State College—maybe he was going there, I don’t know. I just know we smoked a lot of pot and watched Saturday Night Live. He had a mad crush on Michael Cotton of the Tubes, so we would go see them every time they played. We’d go see Leila and the Snakes at the Palms on Polk Street, too. Drink Blue Moons, the signature cocktail. I had a mad crush on Ré Styles. She was in the Tubes and the Snakes. Ré and I both had knee-high bright red plastic Fiorucci boots. I got mine at a shop called Hot Flash. She probably did too. Polk Strasse was the center of the universe in the early ’70s.

Even before any of us suburban kids moved to the City, we’d spend weekends at the gay club off Broadway using borrowed ID’s. Actually, the boys got in without ID because they were “fresh meat”… then they would find some women in the club and drop their IDs out the window to us girls, and we would get in that way. Thus began the glitter glam rock disco phase. We all looked like Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, or like Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks.

Both bands we would go see as often as possible. After dancing we’d stop for sandwiches and coffee on Polk Strasse at The Haven which we called The Raven. All the strung-out disco dollies and daddies were there. We were just bright young literally glittery things amidst the hardcore clubbers, drag queens and rent boys. It seemed fabulous at the time. And it was. And we were. The migration from the ‘burbs to the City was started by my friends Perry and Martha. Perry fashioned himself after the original reality television star Lance Loud. We “odd” children used to watch the PBS documentary An American Family every week and relate to Lance’s frustration with his muggle family. We had a vicarious sense of liberation when he moved to New York to live at the Chelsea Hotel. A few years later, in the girls’ bathroom at the Mabuhay Gardens on Broadway I would have a great conversation with Lance after his band The Mumps played there. The girls’ bathroom was the place to be.

Eventually, my trust fund baby got a boyfriend, decided to “come out” to his folks and kicked me out of the creepy enclave that was the gated community of Lake Merced Hill. That’s how I found Germania Street. By then, glam rock was morphing into Punk Rock. The world of Sylvester and the Cockettes was blending into the world of The Dead Kennedys and The Avengers. I had my first true punk rock sighting when I saw Jean Caffeine up at Haight and Fillmore. She was wearing a plastic garbage bag held together with safety pins. Both her hair and attitude were spikey. I loved it. Pins and needles. Soon, more needles than pins.

There were holes in everything. [end installment one]

[This is inspired by Jennifer Egan’s The Goon Squad wherein she describes a queer girl punk rock couple who were selling their bodies to pay for drugs. Myself and my girlfriend were the only queer girl punk rock couple that I know of from that time. So to set the record straight; we were NOT selling our bodies. We didn’t need to. My girlfriend was supplying many punk bands with their drugs and that paid for our drugs rather nicely, thank you very much. Selah.]

2. Counter Culture Hour – Sat JUNE 13, 2015 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 June 13, 2015. – 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 June 13, 2015 USA; east coast: 9:00 PM Sat Jun 13, 2015. Tokyo: 10:00 AM Sunday, June 14, 2015 If you cannot get this online email us at See RE/Search channel on youtube: “researchpubs”

3. FORTHCOMING EVENTS (San Francisco unless Otherwise Noted)

() $ – our favorite local Grand Guignol Theatre Company at the Hypnodrome – support live local theatre! NEW SHOW! Club Inferno, the glam rock retelling of Dante’s Divine Comedy – his storied trip through the Nine Circles of Hell.  I’ll leave it to our ticketing page to tell you more about the twisted plot and the attractive, talented cast.  There, you can also take advantage of a $10 discount code: thrills20; you can access $20 tickets for previews (June 4, 5 and 6) and opening weekend (June 12 and 13).

() Support the Roxie Theater: great programming EVERY NIGHT (our opinion). 

() 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. Terminal:

() $ 14th SF DOCFEST June 4-18: Roxie, Brava & Vogue Theaters: – the Tower Records story; Danny Fields; Flaming Lips—these seem interesting to us…

() FREE Fri June 5, 5-9pm MIsho Gallery Opening, 680 8th St #230, SF

() FREE Sat-Sun June 6-7 11-5pm **BERKELEY** Bay Book Fest: Meet V. Vale / RE/Search table  at “TS09-2200 which is #9 on “Teen Street,” near 2200 Milvia.” Thanks to A R A who is last-minute sharing her EBABZ table with RE/Search!

() FREE Wed June 10, 5-7pm SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Ft Mason: Drew Klausner, June Yokell, Jason M. Aumann (photographs).

() $ Wed June 17, 7pm RE/Search will have a table at DNA Lounge with V. Vale’s INDUSTRIAL CULTURE HANDBOOK, etc available, 375 11th St, SF. The film INDUSTRIAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THE URBAN DECAY premieres in San Francisco tonight on its world tour. To quote the FB page: “We [Fushia Carlson, Alex Sparquis, et al] will be hosting the screening for the brand new music documentary by Amélie Ravalec & Travis Collins, Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay. Doors are at 7pm and the film starts at 8. After the film we’ll even have a special talk by Vale from Re/Search about his experience with the documentary, and industrial music” plus Q&A. Bring your questions!

“DJ CZ (Surface Tension / SF) will be playing industrial and techno for your listening enjoyment before and after the showing. Come early and stay after for cocktails and good tunes. 

“Featuring Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, NON, SPK, Test Dept, Clock DVA, RE/Search – V Vale, Z’EV, Click Click, Sordide Sentimental, Hula, The Klinik, Ant Zen, Orphx, In The Nursery and Prima Linea.

  “You can buy advance tickets here:

() $ Fri June 19 ROXIE Theater, SF: Rodney Ascher’s THE NIGHTMARE (director of Room 237)

() June 26-29, Fri-Mon, RE/Search will have a table (Come visit us!) at the Zine Pavilion Booth 228 on the exhibit floor at the American Library Association ALA Annual Conference at Moscone Convention Center, S.F. Registration at Moscone North Lobby.

Schedule of RE/Search Tabling Exhibit Hours:

Fri 5:30pm-7pm.

Sat 9-3pm. 

Sun 9-1pm. 

Mon 9-2pm. Look for RE/Search there!

() $ 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.

Sat June 27 4-5:15pm, Ft Mason, V. Vale will also give a presentation on “William S. Burroughs in the Bay Area,” with Marian Wallace, filmmaker, presenting a unique cut-up Burroughs film she edited – this is a rare opportunity to see the film! 

Sun 6/28 2-3:15pm V. Vale will give a presentation: ” “The CounterCultural Continuum: From Beat to Punk and beyond…” 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 the Beat, Hippie and Punk movements, with a vision for the future…” Marian Wallace, filmmaker, will provide visuals.

() $ Fri Aug 14 Clay Theatre, SF – THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL (feature film based on Phoebe Gloeckner‘s book) – see it on the big screen!

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

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

We also loved the darkest-shade-of-black-humor INFOMANIACS by Matthew Thurber (any relation to James?). This gorgeous hardback “narrative of the near future” is completely up-to-the-minute, especially to anybody even slightly paranoid about where our all-surveillance-all-the-time/social-media “technology” is taking us. (sample: “Well, you heard about the Internet serial killers, but maybe you didn’t hear about the REWARD?”) Great Satire. Funny Drawings. Essential Reading. (We say: “You weren’t being paranoid, you were just prophetic!”) Order from Picture Box, POB 24744, Brooklyn, NY 11202.

We’ve been reading Surrealist Subversions, edited by Ron Sakolsky, and it is most illuminating – plus, we now have about a hundred more names of writers and artists to “check out.” His introduction is so comprehensive—we have to give thanks to the rare writer who truly does a ton of homework and writes concisely and eloquently. Life is a “surrealist adventure,” indeed! 742 pages; you certainly get your money’s worth.

Seems like a must-read is the volume of Voltairine de Cleyre, Written in Red: Selected Poems (Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 1990). 


() Michael Stewart Foley’s Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. 192pp. $14.95 Bloomsbury series 33-1/3. Wish all books dealing with “Punk Rock” were as well researched as this one! The back of the book lists Evie Nagy: DEVO’s Freedom of Choice and we’re looking for that right now!

() Sensitive Skin #12, $19.95. Beautiful production by Bernard Meisler; all-color illustrations inside from Ruby Ray, Winston Smith, Charles Gatewood (B&W), John Lurie, and more. An earlier issue #8 featured classic W.S. Burroughs photos by Ruby Ray, taken from the 1981 photo shoot on Divisadero Street for RE/Search #4/5 ($24.95). 

() We’re still reading the huge (282pp.) Specious Species #7 which our former intern Joe Donohoe produced and published. We’ve read Kathy Acker, Gerald Nicosia, Joe’s bicycling adventures, Penelope Houston, Jerry Stahl, but much more remains… We will definitely read  Jack London. Emory Douglas. Church of John Coltrane. David Talbot. John Shirley. Madonna Inn (been there and bought postcards). So much to read!

If you can’t find it by googling, write RE/Search and we’ll tell you how to get your own copy. Or send $12 to Specious Species, 3345 20th St, SF CA 94110.

() The Big Takeover #76 (wow!) Special 35th Anniversary Issue! We wanna read about The Damned, The Flesh Easters’ Chris D, The Pretty Things, Frank Black, Belle & Sebastian… Jack Rabid has the admirable tenacity of a bulldog; this is the only publication whose band recommendations are trustworthy enough to heed. Order from

() Kosuke Kawamura sent us his big color hardback of collage collaborations printed in Japan, some with Winston Smith! It’s titled MIX-UP, and included in the package was a music flexidisc and other collage-postcard items. He also sent us a best-seller hardback, equally beautifully printed, titled The Birth of Rockin’ Jelly Bean: some quite provocative artwork in this one that Japanophiles will probably respond to!

() Ken Layne sent us his new zine, Desert Oracle – anyone who has ever lived in the desert (as we have) will enjoy this labor of love. Like, “Homesteading in Joshua Tree”?!? 4 issues for $15 per year to: Desert Oracle, 2601 Blanding Ave #C-266, Alameda CA 94501-1579

() One of our sponsors sent his CD and we judged it to be “thoroughly professional-sounding and easy to listen to.” See realvalueproductions, No. 9, in our “Sponsors” at end of this newsletter!

() newest SFAQ dedicated to Paule Anglim, r.i.p. (free at art galleries; check had a great essay, “The Owl Of Minerva,” by Noam Chomsky, taken from the forthcoming City Lights book, Because We Say So. The Dave Hickey Pt. 2 interview—anything by D.H. is worth perusing! Same for John Held Jr. SFAQ is amazing, and it’s free!

5. LINKS (Send Us Some!)

() from Dave S:  not sure if this is for real….

() from James: I laughed and practically fell off the chair on reading this most punk rock of pranks.

() from Doug S: CHRIS BURDEN DIES! One of my favorite Wildmen has succumbed to, of all things, skin cancer—so easily avoided by finding things early and cutting them off.

() from Marc P: Check out this bit of mine DREAM PRISON in front of 200 people at Austin Poetry Slam- I think you will enjoy it:  In fact, RE/Search plans to publish Marc P’s poems in a project, soon!

() Punk Renaissance Photo Opening Event Fri May 1, 2015 6-10pm Emerald Tablet 3.37min video by Della Heywood

() WSB & LFerlinghetti PHOTO:

()  Janek Schaefer

() from Karen M: SRL mumbly peg:

() from local filmmaker Charles Webb:

() from Gloria K:

() from GX Jupitter-Larsen: “NASA’s new robot… Seems more dog-like than ape-like to me…”


() from V in London: photographs of WSBurroughs – disinformation –

() We’re still reading Rick McGrath‘s DEEP ENDS: JG BALLARD ANTHOLOGY 2014

() from Ed H: “Walter Hopps article on Bruce Conner”:

() Til June 15: Video Interviews with feminists Lucy Lippard, Agnes Martin, Marcia Tucker, Joan Mitchell, Ree Morton

() Mr. Lucky has 50 videos on youtube: ‘luckaroonie’ channel 

() from Roy C:


() “I try to write as fast as possible to let the gremlins in. Then I go back and work on it. I write as fast as I can until I finally get to the beginning.” —Dave Hickey, SFAQ

() “I love to teach Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood (1936)—so weird.”—ibid.

() “Look for a connection even where you don’t think there can be one.” —Henning Mankell, The Dogs of Riga, p. 148

() “The table of contents of the human soul may be found under the headline Love. / Our principal life—for we lead several lives at the same time—is the life of Imagination. / …All freedom must be self-achieved, else it is not freedom. / Love elevates, ever and always. / Love forever, against the world!” —Paschal Beverly Randolph


8.  **SPONSORS** </strong>(Without them you would NOT be receiving this newsletter – Please go to their websites!) Here, a personal thanks to our pal Dave S. And this newsletter would not exist without Andrew B. and Emily.

If you would like to subscribe, we ask for a 6-month minimum of $72. (But, we will take sponsorships @$12/month!)

1. BEYOND BAROQUE: Only bookstore in L.A. with a complete stock of RE/SEARCH BOOKS! Please patronize them… (Also, some titles at The Pop-Hop in L.A.)

2. Blotter Barn Hits – dedicated to Forester A tiny book full of pictures of LSD blotters from Mark McCloud’s Institute of Illegal Images. This little gem is a hardbound book measuring 2 by 2 inches, with over 100 pages of full color, highly detailed pics. Only $9.99! 

link:  (x8/31/15)

3. Kevin O’Malley+Christie Dames, the High-Heeled Anarchist: TechTalk/Studio: + Commonwealth Club, San Francisco. (x4/31/15)

4. From our friends Amy and Brian –  “We think RE/Search is great and love to support it.”  (x7/31/15)

5. Phil Lenihan, former contributor to Sluggo! and Svengali in the Austin Punk scene, WAS the proprietor of the Orphic Gallery and curator of the Eight Track Museum in Roxbury, NY. (x7/31/2015)

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V. Vale’s RE/Search Newsletter is cordially sponsored by “Beyond the Beyond.” @bruces

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7. Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company – Penelope Rosemont, Chicago Surrealist Group founder. (x5/31/15)

8.  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)

9. D. Mickey Sampson. (x4/30/15). BillyH. (x10/31/15). We thank Lucas Reiner for support!

10. 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!

JUNE 2015 RE/Search eNewsletter #139 written by V. Vale & other contributors. RE/Search website poweredby  Add us (““) to Your Address Book


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