Wednesday, October 01, 2008

RE/Search: I am a kid all over again...

I DID NOT KNOW!




























RE/Search grew out of Search & Destroy, which Jello Biafra, Dead Kennedys founder, called “the best punk rock publication, ever. It combined art and photography with in-depth interviews and articles.” Every RE/Search book continues the Punk Rock Cultural Revolution, but strives to provide permanent inspiration to artists/cultural scientists of the future, providing careful editing, reference sections, photos, art and anthropological history.


The books in the RE/Search library are a constant source of imagination, curiosity and challenge to all preconceived notions of the world. Vale’s love of literature and particularly his obsession with the novelists JG Ballard and William S. Burroughs, the prophets of the twenty-first century whose mission inspired Vale’s own, to, in Burroughs’ words, “Wise up the marks.” The paranoid visions of these two writers could never be more timely or accurate. RE/Search offers an excellent volume on Burroughs and Gysin as well...



Re/search...dot about forward slash


2 comments:

distracted by expectation said...

James,

I did not know about Jello Biafra's connection to RE/Search- figures! Exciting you get to meet this icon tomrrow! :) 2 years ago I found "RE/search #13- Angry Women" at a Cupertino flea market. One of my most prized cultural "possessions." Landmark interviews with the likes of Annie Sprinkle, Holly Hughes, Diamanda Galas, and Carolee Schneemann. Published in 1991, but little's changed...

James G. Leventhal said...

right? -- lots of beautiful stories in the RE/Search world like that...important host of characters you detail -- what an important pub! had my moments way back, too.

nice to see you in the blog'o'sphere!
best,
james