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V. Vale’s RE/Search Newsletter #158, March 2017: Jello Biafra, Incredibly Strange Films

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1A.  EDITORIAL by V. Vale: Canyon Cinema Benefit, February was busy, New Jello Biafra/Eric Debris Zine, Incredibly Strange Films (is back!) 
Bruce Conner book! Industrial Culture zine + poster available! Also Terminal Punk zine by V. Vale! JG Ballard Zine w/last interview, never before in print! JGB Poster!
1B. Zora Burden interviews Scott Crow
2a:The Counter Culture Hour: watch for new online presence
2b: RE/Search Conversations PodcastSeries on researchpubs.comor iTunes
3. FORTHCOMING EVENTS: Canyon Cinema Benefit, RE/Search at Pro Arts Gallery (Oakland)
4. OUR PAST LIFE: Books/CDs/DVDs we’ve been given, Experiences, etc.
5. Recommended Links – send us some!
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1A. EDITORIAL by V. Vale, Your Editor: Canyon Cinema 50th Anniv Party, new Jello Biafra zine, Incredibly Strange Films book release, more!

Canyon Cinema’s 50th Anniversary is here, and Thur Mar 9, 7pm marks a celebration featuring the Mutants (featured in Search&Destroy magazine) and blues artist Mike Henderson. See below in Coming Events! RE/Search plans to attend!

February seemed to be jam-packed for us in terms of events where we can “leave the house” and meet real living breathing humans. After seeing Eric Debris’s red/black erotic photos at SOMARTS, we then saw great early NYC Punk films (“Go Nightclubbing”) of DKs, OFFS, Suicide, more, at YBC with Emily Armstrong and Pat Ivers IN PERSON! Next morning we went to San Jose Zine Fest. We went to the Los Angeles Art Book Fair (the great A.A. Fair did a live lecture presentation; we met Kembra Pfahler and Thurston Moore, each for the first time), we attended the always ahead-of-the-curve dorkbot on A.I., we attended the fun Swap-a-rama at Lennon Studios — not to mention our own art / photography show at Classic Cars West in Oakland (V. Vale photos, Marian Wallace art works, Krusty Wheatfield comics including the V. Vale bio-comic titled “Search For Weird”). Mike Watt visited on his way to China to play 9 shows with the Missing Men. Today saw Jello Biafra shopping at Rainbow Grocery (first time in all these decades); he talked me into buying both white and Tri-Color Quinoa (highest in protein, B vitamins, more)

() After what seems like years of toil (also; it’s been years since it was available), Incredibly Strange Films is released in an 8×10″ paperback version suitable for the new age of short-run digital book printing. Upon reading, the book seems not only FUN but amazingly relevant for today’s new generation of independent filmmakers and videomakers. All kinds of suggestions and inspirations are geared toward making all its readers at least want to make a film!

() “A Visit from Jello Biafra and Eric Debris, aka Jello Biafra on the Coming Trumpocalypse.”

On February 14, 2017, Jello Biafra and Eric Debris came to the RE/Search office at 8pm and stayed until 2am. Eric Debris, Metal Urbain founder, was in town to participate in an erotic photography show at SOMARTS, staying at Jello Biafra’s house. The 6-hour taping was too long to transcribe, so we are giving you some highlights in this color zine, augmented by a photograph signed by V. Vale. This zine with (1) color photograph is $20 plus $5 shipping (or $10 shipping overseas). There is a version with (3) photographs signed by V. Vale for $30. Specify which one you want!

() BRUCE CONNER: The Afternoon Interviews by V. Vale. Introduction by Natasha Boas. Cover & super-fast book production by Marian Wallace. 128pp, original photos by Vale. If you liked Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews, you’ll like this latest RE/Search book rush-released to make it in time for the Oct 29, 2016 Bruce Conner Retrospective at SFMOMA (the show came from MOMA NY, and is on its way to Barcelona, Spain). Order direct from RE/Search & receive a BONUS 4×6″ color photo print of Bruce Conner, signed by V. Vale.

() We produced a tiny number of a partially-color 11×17″ paper, stapled comics zine by Krusty Wheatfield on V. Vale’s life/biography, titled SEARCH FOR WEIRD (a bio-comic). Excellent drawings! $15 plus $5 shipping ($10 overseas shipping)

() Terminal Punk / Philosophy of Punk, 7th edition by V. Vale (interviews, quotes, etc: why “Punk” is the last philosophy you’ll ever need; it may even help you survive the apocalypse!). The new COLOR 7th edition zine may be had for a mere $10 plus $5 shipping ($10 overseas), or come by our office and score your copy! You might also want to score a rare RE/Search T-shirt; we’re already running out of the “small” and XL sizes! Other options are our William S. Burroughs T-shirt (M,L only), and our Mr. Death T-shirt (S,M,L,XL).

() Lost Angels of Los Angeles: 12 photographs by Danielle Neu, fiction captions by V. Vale. A one-sheet folded to make a 12-panel zine! Write if you want a copy ($3 postpaid USA; $5 foreign).

() New Industrial Culture zine + poster in 2 versions!
Artists of the Industrial Scene – Printed in France! Color Zine in French and English! Interviews with Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle/ Psychic TV), Mark Pauline (Survival Research Laboratories), Johanna Went, Jim Thirlwell (foetus), Ryoichi Kurokawa, Ilpo Väisänen and Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic), Peter Christopherson (Throbbing Gristle), Graeme Revell (SPK), Naut Humon (Rhythm & Noise), Gerald V. Casale (DEVO). $20 plus $5 ship ($10 overseas)

() Color Poster from Paris show! 2 versions! With Monte Cazazza image! Check it out! $20 plus $7 ship; $20 to ship overseas)

AND a (2-sided deluxe version! – 2 copies only; write for details)

() New JG Ballard zine in color; printed in England! (includes our last interview, never before in print. Plus color photograph of JGB signed by V. Vale). $20 plus $5 shipping (shipping $10 overseas). Also a few copies: 11×14 JG Ballard Color Poster – write if interested! This zine came about because V. Vale and Marian Wallace were invited to participate in the first “J.G. Ballard Day” at Birmingham City University; Vale did a talk/Q&A, and Marian Wallace showed her film on J.G. Ballard: Aesthetics. Faye Ballard (one of J.G. Ballard’s two daughters) stood up and gave an unexpected tribute: “I just want to say: it’s fantastic having you here. It was worth you coming. Your presence here is felt by all of us, even if we’re a very select group. It’s important that you’re here. I also want to say that my father is indebted to you for publishing The Atrocity Exhibition. He always talked about you as the publisher of The Atrocity Exhibition. And he loved your book RE/Search 8/9: JG Ballard. He loved it! You’ve made a major contribution. You supported him when he was alive. It’s very well, now that he’s dead, for us all to say “what a marvellous man, he’s inthe canon of literature”. But when you supported him he wasn’t necessarily in the mainstream, he wasn’t in that canon. You gave him a huge amount of support when it was needed. We’re all grateful. I think it’s important to acknowledge you and what you’ve done.” (Wow, Thank You So Much, Faye Ballard!…We also thank Bea Ballard for just being alive and being supportive of RE/Search, too!)

() We uncovered (2) copies of a rare zine by Kathy Acker, made by her and presented to V. Vale in 1980. It was an appropriation of the first RE/Search tabloid overlaid with her own text! The newsprint is fading, but it’s poignant. Cost: a whopping $100 (free shipping in USA). But, this has got to be as rare as hen’s teeth. Of course, sales of RE/Search “anything” help keep us going; look at any purchase as really a sponsorship of what we do…

To order a zine, email V. Vale at, or snail-telephone 415-362-1465. Overseas readers who want to order more than one book: please email V. Vale so he can try to figure out the cheapest shipping to your country! Also available: limited JGB Photographic Print Poster 11×17″ color $25 plus $10 ship/$23 shipping overseas; write for details.

1B. Zora Burden Interviews scott crow.

Zora Burden interviewed scott crow and sadly, we had to edit the interview down quite severely due to lack of space. If you don’t know who Scott Crow is, google him! He’s a radical writer, lecturer and musician, among other accomplishments.

ZORA BURDEN: Will you talk about how you used your music as a platform for political / social change?

scott crow: To answer that, let me give context in how music influenced and changed my life, and why and how I consciously used it later to educate and spread marginal or under-represented ideas. I spent formative years in the working-class farm town of Garland, Texas, outside Dallas. This place  eventually became a dead suburb, decades after I left—like other farm towns around us. I wasn’t exposed to that much culture about the world and its politics or philosophy (outside of the basics within school), but I listened to music a lot.

Music saved my life during those alienated and nihilistic days under the shadow of Reagan, showing me a way out of the life I was living. Without the exposure music gave me to cultural and political information, I would have been at a dead end, like those around me. I desperately gained access to shared thoughts and emotions that kept me from feeling alienated and isolated.

I had grown up listening to country music and bloated album rock that was on the radio. Then Punk and New Wave hit. I was on the outer edges of the small Dallas Punk scene; it didn’t speak to my angst, nihilism or need to escape. I did get early political education and exposure from the industrial music scenes that were coming up in the mid- to late 1980’s—bands like Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Einstürzende Neubauten, Test Dept., Consolidated, Skinny Puppy, Cabaret Voltaire and Ministry.

The combination of clanging metal and industrial beats combined with the severe imagery, visceral videos and performances (and the political lyrics) inspired me more than fast guitars. For example, I read an interview in ’86 with Al Jourgensen of Ministry, describing in detail the issues of working-class and blue-collar people. His descriptions of neighborhoods and environments sounded just like my life. It was the first time I had encountered concepts that related to what I had felt and thought. His words exposed the differences between the American dream and my life’s actuality.

Music, both listening to it and producing it, was my only way out. In 1985 I quit high school my senior year to attend college—to study music in a nearby town for a few months (before failing in less than a year). But in that short time I was exposed to a lot: theater and art shows, late night discussions on politics, religion, and philosophy, and some acid trips. My thinking was expanded.

During this time, I had been exposed to industrial music and ambient music coming out of Europe, like Soviet France, Throbbing Gristle, Eno and—poignantly enough, I had picked up a copy of a mind-blowing book called the Industrial Culture Handbook from RE/Search, in a small bookstore in Texas. That book became a much-referenced “bible” of sorts for my friends and me during those formative music and political years.

While enrolled in college, but not attending, a friend and I did an experimental electronic noise and ambient project called Corporate Uncle. The project used found sounds, electronics and audio clips from TV to create layers.  It was very influenced by Soviet France in the collage sounds but also the packaging. We released about 200 copies of our tapes, each with its own handmade chicken wire and bolt-wrapped cover in numbered editions. It was my first foray into mixing crude politics and social commentary with sounds:  a far cry from the metal bands I had been in.

I started buying more electronic gear, learning MIDI and building a small studio with my meager funds from working at a record store, so I could make music on my own. In 1988, my mom scraped together some money and we both went to Europe. We had hardly ever been out of Texas at that time. It was my chance to shop my demo tapes to record labels and to explore what I perceived to be more “developed” politics and culture. In four months, I never got a record deal, but I did get a crash course in being a more politically-educated American.

Once back home, I began to write more overtly political lyrics and promoted political ideas to educate people on issues and hopefully move them to action through music. From the late 1980s until the early ’90s, I co-founded and fronted two political industrial-techno bands, Lesson Seven and Audio Assault. We had songs produced by MC 900 Ft. Jesus (aka Mark Griffin) and Information Society. Our first 12” single was “Radiation” on Oak Lawn Records, label home to bands C.C.C.P., Microchip League and Voyou. The song was basically a tongue-in-cheek sound collage, on top of a driving dancing beat, about the dangers of nuclear fallout. That release was followed by two mini-cassettes and one split CD release (between Lesson Seven and Audio Assault) on Crystal Clear records, and some compilation CDs from radio station KDGE in Dallas.

Lesson Seven toured with bands such as Skinny Puppy on the VIVISectVI tour, Nine Inch Nails and Die Warzau in the 90s. Throughout the 80s and 90s we also performed often with Consolidated, Meat Beat Manifesto, Swans, Psychic TV, Front Line Assembly, Revolting Cocks, Clan of Xymox, Laibach, Weathermen, Diamanda Galas, Severed Heads and others.

Those shows were our platform for talking about social justice and liberation from the stage. Many of the industrial bands at that time highlighted social issues, and their music had influenced me to dig deeper. Now we were performing and touring together. The bands I was in continued traveling, distributing literature, and raising money for a variety of groups from town to town.

I spoke from the stage about many issues that I now saw as connected: women’s liberation, animal rights, racism, the AIDS epidemic, abortion access, and the U.S. war machine—which was in high gear.  Remember, we used to worry about Reagan fucking pushing the button to start nuclear war! The hours were grueling and long, but I believed in “dismantling the oppressive systems and creating social change”—even if I was unsure of what that would be. I thought that we could protest and vote our way to a better world if everyone got educated on the issues. (It was standard “old school” organizing.)

By morally outraging people, we could bring them to act, which meant making an appeal to power to make changes. Finally, in 1992, I exited stage left, leaving both bands after seven years of constant shows and touring. I left the music industry. It was too much industry and not enough music, politics, or steady income. The story of most artists, isn’t it?

I turned my back on the music industry and to producing music for almost fifteen years. I found other ways to engage in political and social change. And I have only returned to it again in the last two to three years. I recently added vocal tracks to anarchist hip hop artist Sole, who co-founded the influential  hip hop label Anticon back in the 90s, and DJ Pain 1‘s last record Nihilismo.  And now a handful of international underground noise groups have been using excerpts from my talks over the last ten years as cut-ups in their sound collages. I’ve been buying gear and writing political lyrics again, in addition to writing books.

From my experiences, I think there is a big divide between culture-makers and most political scenes. In political circles, the impacts from culture and culture-makers—whether musicians, filmmakers, or “fine artists”—are often underrated or largely overlooked. Sure, there are exceptions, like the way Punk Rock or Industrial music was in the ’80s and early ’90s, or the way that the new underground DIY noise and electronic scenes have flourished in the last decade. But generally, activists and political organizers never dive into the arts’ potential to motivate and reinforce valuable visions and ideals and messages.

On the flip side, political culture-makers are often isolated inside the subcultures where they exist. Or, they produce political work that’s not very deep or meaningful. Like Chuck D of Public Enemy said in “Revolverlution” (when  talking about lyricists being short-sighted about the bigger political picture): “Let’s call it raptivism, since a lot of MCs be stuck on isms, as in sexism, self-hate, racism.” In both of those places, the mirror of self-reflection is isolated from each other. I am working now to bring it together again, through producing my own music, but also connecting artists and grassroots political movements and spaces, together. 

ZB: Will you talk about some of the books you’ve written and lectures you’ve conducted?

sc: I consider myself more of a raconteur or storyteller than a writer. Writing is something I do to share stories. As a writer, I usually write autobiographically. It’s hard for me to pretend to be objective, for example, if I am writing about political or social movements.

My first book was Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy and the Common Ground Collective, which came out in 2011. It’s part personal memoir, part grassroots political-organizing manual, and part political-movement history. The primary focus was on my organizing efforts after Hurricane Katrina, through an organization I co-founded called the Common Ground Collective. The book illustrates how Anarchists were able to gather twenty-eight thousand people, over the first three years, to fight police and corruption, and work with residents to rebuild their neighborhood and communities without government “help” or interference. I think the book resonated well—a second edition, as well as Spanish and Russian editions, have also come out.

After that book’s release, I spent almost five years touring the US, Mexico, England, Canada and Russia doing over three hundred presentations at universities and community spaces (and everything in between). I was talking about the practical ways that the ideas of anarchy have been put into practice… and showing how communities can organize themselves without governments, corporations, or the “nonprofit industrial complex.”

Since then, I’ve had two more books come out. Emergency Hearts, Molotov Dreams: A scott crow Reader, was a collection of talks and interviews from the last five to six years. Witness To Betrayal was about my complex relationship with an FBI informant and former friend who tried to put me in prison.

I contributed a piece to an anthology called Grabbing Back: Against the Global Land Grab (AK Press). I have two books coming out in 2018: Setting Sights: Histories and Reflections on Community Armed Self-Defense (PM Press), which is a provocative anthology on the use of guns as part of localized collective liberation efforts, and another memoir My Dangerous Years: A Memoir of Surveillance, Spying, and the War on Dissent 1999-2012, about living under surveillance as an FBI target for alleged domestic terrorism for over a decade, beginning in 1999.

ZB: Which authors or books inspired you?

sc: I have been a voracious reader, so it’s a hard list to make. Subcomandante Marcos, who is a very prolific writer, influenced me more than anything. There are so many to draw from, but reaching back, Industrial Culture Handbook by RE/Search was pretty influential on my music and politics. Manufacturing Dissent by Noam Chomsky. The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J Adams. Anything by Flannery O’Conner, Zora Neale Hurston, Brion Gysin, Terence McKenna, Jacques Derrida. A book called This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Many of the classic Beat poets and writers  heavily shaped my world. In addition, there are literally piles of zines and books from unknown people who have remained in my active libraries. 

ZB: What do you think political activists are facing under Trump, given his disregard for the First Amendment and The Constitution?

sc: Ideas like community armed self-defense, confronting fascists on-line and in the streets, shutting down pipelines, that black and immigrants’ lives do matter, that corporations have been destroying the world while reaping huge profits, that we cannot count on governments to save us. These are just some of many ideas that have gained a lot of ground. Conversations, actions and media platforms we didn’t have 5-10-20 years ago, are now available.

These are watershed moments. Also, the ideas of anarchy have taken root on both the traditional left and right spectrums in different flavors. People are sick of bosses and political leaders telling us what to do. People and communities are finding their own voices to stop the violence on their communities, whether it’s the police and prisons, documentation and immigrations, access to clean water, or the ability to decide their own fates. They are also beginning to ask what it is they want.
How do we want to live if governments and corporations are failing? That said, this is both a time of great trials and tribulations, and times of great openings to push in new and different directions than we have before. For example, if the government de-funds Planned Parenthood, NPR or the National Endowment of the Arts—instead of begging them to reconsider or fight for them to continue, we have other paths. Look at the ACLU—they raised twenty-four million dollars in three days; the most they had ever raised in fifty years, and the reason is because enough of us saw value in that.
And if we look at the anarchist ideas of direct action: anarchy is in ascension. Fascists and proto-fascists can’t publically speak or communicate online without being shut down by anti-fascists. Direct action gets the goods.  People aren’t going to wait anymore.
As activist and poet June Jordan said, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” And she’s right.  I don’t care whether we call it anarchy or blue potato chips, it’s the liberatory ideas and actions against the Empire and against the fascist creeps that thousands, if not millions have awakened to, and are fighting for. People are beginning to dream of other futures.
I am hopeful, but not Pollyanna-ish. We have to see these tensions as both the worst and best of times. The future is unwritten and wide open, despite how things look. Every moment is a new chance. We are standing on the edge of those futures at every turn! [end]

2. Counter Culture Hour
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2b. RE/Search Conversations: podcast series
Most of us are too busy to sit down and watch a “TV show,” so now you can listen to some of the conversations that happen around the table at the RE/Search office.

New podcasts with David J (Bauhaus), Diane DiPrima, Dirk Dirksen (2 parts), Mike Watt

For Daniel Miller Part 2** go to:

For Jarett Kobek’s podcast-visit  as well as at the Apple podcast ‘store’ (they’re free and available to all who can find them). Here’s the link to the offerings to date (Penny Rimbaud, Rudy Rucker, Lyle Tuttle, and now Parts 1 AND 2 of Daniel Miller!
Please send us feedback if you listen to these podcasts so we’ll know someone out there is listening!!

For the brand-new Christopher Coppola podcast, visit
And for the Thorsten Schutte podcast [director of Frank Zappa documentary “Eat That Question” go to:
3. FORTHCOMING EVENTS(San Francisco unless Otherwise Noted)

() $ Thur March 9, 7pm-midnight: CANYON CINEMA 50th ANNIVERSARY PARTY with The Mutants (featured in Search&Destroy vol. two, a 10″x15″ book, still available from us for $30) and bluesman Mike Henderson, filmmaker Paul Clipson, and more. RE/Search plans to attend! Here’s the press release from

Celebrate the Middle Ages officially kicks-off Canyon Cinema 50! In 2017 Canyon Cinema is celebrating 50 years as one of the world’s key independent distributors of artist-made film and media. Join us for an evening of film and musical performances, seasonal hors d’oeuvres, libations and dancing to commemorate the remarkable achievements of the community who supported Canyon for five decades. Mingle with filmmakers and friends as we honor Canyon’s half-century journey and celebrate the future of experimental film.

MUTANTS ON STAGE! will commence a year-long celebration of the avant-garde and artist-made film distributor; watch for more events! “Celebrate the Middle Ages” (and, in tonight’s case, the New Dark Ages) will officially kick-off the 50th anniversary of Canyon Cinema Inc., the famed independent filmmaker owned and operated distribution cooperative. Founded in San Francisco by influential cinema artists including Bruce Baillie, Bruce Conner, Chick Strand, Lawrence Jordan and Robert Nelson.

Mutants  play around 9:15 PM, then soulful blues music by The Mike Henderson Band with film projections by filmmaker Paul Clipson and dance party persuasion by DJ Phengren Oswald of the Saturday Night Soul Party.
Admission includes access to all entertainment, passed hors d’oeuvres and complementary beer and wine from 7-9pm. Host Bar: 7-9pm | Cash Bar: 9-midnight

All proceeds will benefit Canyon Cinema Foundation: truly a worthy cause!  Starline Social Club, 2236 Martin Luther King Junior WayOakland, CA 94612

() $ Fri March 10 Roxie Theatre2 W.S. BURROUGHS FILMS!! Uncle Howard film (on Howard Brookner’s making of the first William S. Burroughs documentary which premiered at the Castro Theater in  1983. Brookner, Burroughs & entourage came to RE/Search headquarters for a dinner cooked by Chef Michael Granros & we have photos to prove it! 2 Burroughs documentaries; a must! RE/Search plans to attend; meet us there!

From Jennifer Junkyard Morris: “We are screening Aaron Brookner’s documentary UNCLE HOWARD about his uncle Howard Brookner who was a cult filmmaker in NY until he died from AIDS in the 80’s. During the course of filming and with the help of Jim Jarmusch he discovered his uncle’s documentary BURROUGHS: THE MOVIE the first full length doc on Burroughs—that was believed lost. In conjunction with UNCLE HOWARD we are showing the newly remastered original documentary. It all begins on Friday March 10th and here are links to the website pages

() Weekends of March 3-12: our pal Marc Powell is starring in a Shakespeare play, Twelfth Night

() FREE Fri March 31 **OAKLAND** RE/Search presentation at Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Place, Oakland 94612 510-763-4361 – V. Vale will do a lecture/video presentation, and RE/Search will provide “Situationist” art on the walls — come meet us!

On Fri March 3 was the Opening: **OAKLAND** Bay Area Situationists at Pro Arts Gallery opening! Exhibit through April 28, 2017

() $ Sat-Sun April 22-23: 2 Don Buchla Memorial Concerts! at Gray Area, 2665 Mission St. Huge lineup including Morton Subotnick!

() $$ Berkeley BAMPFA Great films, one after another, in February!

() Sat March 4, doors 8pm show 9pm MIKE WATT & the MissingMen (Raul Morales, Tom Watson), Toys That Kill, Girls With Guns, Bottom of the Hill

() **LOS ANGELES** Thur March 16, 6pm The Inaugural Punk Film Festival at Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

() $14 March 22, 9pm James Chance & The Contortions (?!?) The Knockout, S.F. amazing!

() Fri March 31: Monument features an event titled Mondo Nutopia: A FutureNow Salon with Scott Levkoff, Karen Marcelo, John Law, et al, put on by Whitney Deatherage. Google for more details, as we can’t find a “website” or FB page at this moment! (If we hadn’t already committed to giving a talk March 31, we surely would be here tonite!)

() March 9-19, CAAMFEST35 (Asian American Film, Music, Food)

() Support the Roxie Theater: great programming EVERY NIGHT (our opinion). Also support the Castro Theater! A beautiful Film Palace!
() S.F. EVENTS to Check Out Regularly: Long Now Foundation. Hypnodrome/Thrill Peddlars now R.I.P. (they need a new space; can you help?!?). Goethe Institute. The List (Punk Rock). Dorkbot. Bottom of the Hill. INdependent. Thee Parkside. The Chapel. Brick & Mortar. ATA Gallery (last “underground” film place?). The Lab under Dena Beard. Southern Exposure Gallery under Patricia Maloney. Mule Gallery.

() FREE Jan-May 2017 Natasha Boas has planned a great series of FREE events in Berkeley, Wednesdays at Noon; add them all to your calendar!

Wed April 19 RE/Search will be giving a presentation  (“San Francisco Punk with V. Vale“) and Mark Pauline (SRL) will be presenting on Wed April 26 “Over the top: when too much is never enough”… But, it seems every one of these events is worth attending, starting with the Wed noon Jan 25 presentation by Natasha Boas herself. See for yourself! We plan to visit Berkeley more than we have in positively years...

() NYC Nov 20-March 19, 2017: the Francis Picabia Retrospective, NYMOMA. If someone wants to send us a review, please do! Hopefully, there is also a museum catalog available…

() $ Sun April 9 Kal Spelletich performance at The Lab

() April John Waters signs his new book at Green Apple Books on 9th Ave/Lincoln Way. Google to find tickets!

() $ April Mr Lucky plays 3 shows in S.F.: April 6,8,13:

() FREE Tue April 25, 7pm Donna Haraway at SFAI Auditorium

() Sat May 21 Oakland Book Festival

() June **Berkeley** Nick Cave plays the Greek Theatre at U.C. Berkeley. Google to find tickets!

4. OUR PAST LIFE: What We’ve Received, Liked, Experienced:

() Leigh Markopoulos R.I.P. hit by a truck in Los Angeles, we heard! (Beware of crossing the street!) For some of her reviews, go to:

() We met so many great people at NYArtBookFAir in Sept and we plan to do follow-up correspondence; we’re late! You know who you are… We need to contact YOU! Write US if you have the energy… We also met great people at the L.A. Art Book Fair (LAABF2017) and hope to see them again.

() The following people sent us their books, recordings and more. We are honored. Here’s their contact addresses—and we thank them all!

– Jack Sargeant, Flesh and Excess (on Underground Film). – cutting-edge scholarship from Australian film historian

– The Catholic Comb: Ghost Stories (beautiful CD/booklet). Adam Dishart. Google to find this!

– Andrea Lukic: Journal of Smack, Vols. I, II, III. Intense, original drawings and texts reveal dreams, nightmares and epiphanies.

– gave us compelling B&W photographs at LAABF2017

– @nickklein___ #primitivelanguages #laabf2017 gave me his cassettes of experimental noise music and helped me set up for #laabf2017 !

– Sinan Revell gave me this penultimate made-in-Germany SPK deluxe box of vinyl LPs, 45s, certificate, T-shirt, booklet, more! “S.P.K. Dokument Recordings 1979-1983, VOD143, VOD Records 21015. A 15-pound must for SPK fanatics! She also gave us a gorgeous black box contaning “DoppelgANGER” of color photographs of Sinan doing an Asian-culture homage to C.S. Very strange!

– ANP Quarterly Vol. 2 No. 9 huge, beautiful, color, coated stock paper, free—what’s not to like? V. Vale was interviewed about 14 years ago for ANP Quarterly, so naturally we support it; also, thanks to Aaron Rose who did the interview (twice; microcassette broke on first interview)

– Nina Hartmann gave us “Before God: An Exercise in Primitive Thought,” an 11″x15″ xerox or screenprint meditation on the world pre-civilization and post-death… (suitable for framing)

– HILDE invited us to her “Apollo on Earth” March 4 opening at Hilde, 4727 W. Washington Blvd, LA 90016.

– dusty

– NAU EM I ART BILONG YUMI blue stencil ?

– huge sheets of newsprint: Billionaires. Miniature Gardens (A Year Around the Sun) by Valerie Piraino and (Index of Form) by Natalie Beall

– San Francisco by Yoshi Yubai (Photography) book beautifully risograph printed by Tiny Splendor’s Max, Sanaa and friends – get yours! Introduction by V. Vale. (Yoshi is RE/Search’s “adopted son”)

– flyer for Richardson Presents Showboat: Punk/Sex/Bodies Panel Discussion featuring Annie Sprinkle, Allison Wolf, Kembra Pfahler, Toby Mott, Kim Bowen.

– color photograph booklet by nell whitney insta:nellwhitneyart 2016.

– black “Mirror” silkscreen by S & C 2017 ?

– 2 cassettes: FTWVol.2, The Cherries Self Titled 2.

– Zine titled What did they look like? A collection of amateur police sketches – beautiful drawings!

– reminder: Cosey Fanni Tutti has a new book coming out – google to find it!


() If you gave us something and were not listed, please write us and we’ll try hard to list you in the Next newsletter…

5. LINKS (Send Us Some!)

() First release from La Mère, avante garde music project from Marian “RE/Search” Wallace: “Can’t Miss It” now available on Bandcamp. Take a listen for free!

() Havve Fjell


() – French duo – music we like!

() Thrillpeddlers / Hypnodrome is gone, but here are some links to videos and some articles






() – John Waters: “A new kind of anarchy is going to happen next”—sent by Andrew B.

() from Don Ed Hardy: “I’ve never had a site focusing on my personal art. Finally got one done with the help of a great web designer—paintings and works in other media, but not prints as yet. – also see

() from Natasha Boas: “Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Happy New Year and please spread the word to students, activists, innovators, luminaries, writers, artists, educators and friends about our Big Ideas course @CAL@BAMPFA which starts on 12-25-2016. First big lecture was on 1/18/2017 Wed noon; subsequent big talks will be Wed noon(s). Wed Feb 8 noon: Lawrence Ferlinghetti & Jack Hirschman!

Thank you and looking forward to seeing you in 2017! Yours, Natasha”

Thinking Through the Arts and Design at Berkeley: California Countercultures | Arts Research Center

() Hello Vale, Thanks so much for coming Saturday night for the premiere of the SRL documentary – it was quite an evening, and great to see you…here is the link to the trailer:
Thanks, Steve Bage

() See excerpts from Marian Wallace’s funny/spicy documentary on painter Sharon Leong:

() Steven Gray reviews Bruce Conner films:

() from V in London:

() from Kevin O’Malley: Vale mention in

() **NEW YORK CITY** Raymond Pettibon Art Show at New Museum, now through April 9. Huge catalog available:

() R.U. Sirius:

() Chico making border-crossing robots



() John Sulak sent us:

() Rexroth’s greatest interview:

() Instagram: pablomusique


() “D.T. is short for delirium tremens, and—you guessed it!”—Art Dada

() “Silence, Solitude, Skepticism” a favorite of Paul L.


() “Vale, as I will only be back in SF for one month (from Thailand) I so appreciate all the updates about what is going on there – You are always my inspiration!—Brenda Joyce”

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7. Paul L. many many thanks!! Also, thanks much to Dave S. and Billy H.
MARCH 2017 RE/Search eNewsletter #158 written by V. Vale & other contributors. RE/Search website powered by  Add us (““) to Your Address Book++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Physical Address since May 1979: RE/SEARCH | 20 Romolo #B | San Francisco CA 94133-4041 | 415.362.1465 | |  facebook: “RE/Search Fan Page”    twitter: @valeRESearch  Instagram: Vale_Research

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