V. Vale is an editor, writer-interviewer, historian, photographer and pianist. He was the publisher-editor of the 1977-79 zine SEARCH & DESTROY launched with$100 each from Allen Ginsberg, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and published at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. For Vale, Punk provided a launching pad for cultural-anthropological explorations, including Industrial music, the writings of J.G. Ballard and
William S. Burroughs, feminism, plus “Incredibly Strange” filmmaking and music, which he has chronicled with the RE/SEARCH series of publications founded in 1980. The RE/Search series have become the equivalent of a countercultural bible: essential reading not only for Punks — all the books, Vale swears, are informed by that Revolution — but artists, musicians, and cultural fire-starters. Vale built a bridge with his paperbacks between cultural movers around him and the world of books: “I learned long ago that reading is not a passive process, I like to mark up my books. My books are heavily interacted with. I look at books not as books, but as conversations.”
J.G. Ballard, William S. Burroughs, Dead Kennedys, Devo, Philip K. Dick, DNA, Brion Gysin, George Kuchar, Timothy Leary, Lydia Lunch, David Lynch, Octave Mirbeau, Genesis P. Orridge, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Siouxsie Sioux, SRL, Suicide, Sun Ra, Television, John Waters
V. Vale has covered them all.
Burroughs even taught Vale how to throw knives!
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V. VALE on BURROUGHS, CUT UP & RE/SEARCH series
Monday September 8, 8 pm – 9.30 pm
ARTI ET AMICITIAE, ROKIN 112, AMSTERDAM
ENTREE FREE – reserveren: firstname.lastname@example.org