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November 18, 2009

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RE/Search #10: Incredibly Strange Films

You scaleless manlings think the Sleaze-A-Saur has bad taste? Check RE/Search #10: Incredibly Strange Films out! Wow.

RE/Search publications is a small publishing company started by V. Vale in San Francisco in the early eighties. Vale's RE/Search was responsible for putting together a series of anthologies that attempt to document movements in underground culture. The books they've spent two decades releasing are well written, originally researched, and extremely well published. The RE/Search volumes contain a great deal of visual and graphic content about the authors, movies and phenomena that make the books highly accessible.

RE/Search publications began in 1977, while V. Vale was working at a Bay area bookstore, with $100 donated by Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, he began publication of Search and Destroy, a San Francisco-based zine documenting the current punk subculture starting with the Ramones and Iggy Pop.

RE/Search #4/5: William S. Burroughs

RE/Search #10: Incredibly Strange Films featured interviews with William Burroughs and Throbbing Gristle.

In 1980, he began publication of RE/Search, a tabloid format zine focusing on various counterculture and underground topics, with financial help from Geoff Travis of Rough Trade Records and actress/film director Betty Thomas. At the same time, he also started his own typesetting business, allowing for a day job to fund his publishing exploits and guaranteeing high quality typography and design for his magazines and books at night.

RE/Search has published books on various underground topics. Titles include Pranks, Incredibly Strange Films, and Modern Primitives, and subject matter that includes profiles of authors William S. Burroughs, J. G. Ballard, and others.

Selected Bibliography:
RE/Search #1,2 and 3: Tabloid format zine. RE/Search Publications, 1980-1981.
RE/Search #4/5: William S. Burroughs/Brion Gysin/Throbbing Gristle. RE/Search Publications, 1982.
RE/Search #6/7: Industrial Culture Handbook. RE/Search Publications, 1983.
RE/Search #8/9: J. G. Ballard. RE/Search Publications, 1984.
RE/Search #10: Incredibly Strange Films RE/Search Publications, 1986.
RE/Search #11: Pranks!. RE/Search Publications, 1986.
RE/Search #12: Modern Primitives. RE/Search Publications, 1989.
RE/Search #13: Angry Women. RE/Search Publications, 1992.
RE/Search #14: Incredibly Strange Music Vol. I. RE/Search Publications, 1993.
RE/Search #15: Incredibly Strange Music Vol. II. RE/Search Publications, 1994.
RE/Search #16: Modern Pagans - An Investigation of Contemporary Ritual, 2001


References:
RE/Search Publications, Blog
Wikipedia, RE/Search
John Held's Mail Art, V. Vale Interview


RE/Search Publications are available at:
RE/Search Publications on Amazon

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