V. Vale

About the Author V. Vale

V. Vale is an editor, writer-interviewer, historian, photog- rapher, 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-an- thropological explorations, including industrial/noise mu- sic, 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 but artists, musicians, and cultural fire-starters. Vale recently gave a lecture tour in Europe, including a graphic design workshop at Riet- veld Academy, which produced a 64-page SEARCH & DESTROY 2014 publication in just 3 days.