RE/Search

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RE/Search
Industry Publishing
Founded 1980
Founders V. Vale, Andrea Juno
Headquarters San Francisco, United States
Products Books
Website researchpubs.com

RE/Search Publications is an American magazine and book publisher, based in San Francisco, founded by its editors Andrea Juno and V. Vale in 1980. It was the successor to Vale's earlier punk rock fanzine Search & Destroy (1977–1979), which was started with $200 provided to Vale by Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.[1] RE/Search itself began as a tabloid-sized magazine.

The first issue had photographs by Ruby Ray and articles on Factrix, The Slits, conspiracies (written by Jay Kinney), Young Marble Giants, Boyd Rice's Non, Cabaret Voltaire, Sun Ra, flashcards, Japan, J. G. Ballard, Julio Cortázar, rhythm & noise, Soldier of Fortune Magazine, Throbbing Gristle, nuclear disaster, Situationism, Octavio Paz, and punk prostitutes. It was distributed by Rough Trade. Following the third issue, issues 4 and 5 were collected as a single volume, a "special book issue". Subsequent issues all retained the book format.

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

RE/Search was the subject of a special issue of the European Journal of American Studies (August 2011, Vol. 30 issue 2), including an examination of "the growth and decline of RE/Search as a commercial enterprise dedicated to documenting and, in effect, marketing selected countercultural trends" that suggests "the Internet has provided a more efficient means of transmitting subcultural memes, rendering RE/Search commercially and otherwise unviable as a promoter and popularizer of subcultural trends and tendencies."[2]

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  1. ^ Carpenter, Susan (August 13, 2002), "RE/Search goes to the source's mouth to document fringe culture", Los Angeles Times: E.1, retrieved March 6, 2010 
  2. ^ Lucas, Michael (2011-08-30). "RE/Search in context". European Journal of American Culture 30 (2): 83–98. doi:10.1386/ejac.30.2.83_1. ISSN 1466-0407. Retrieved 2012-01-28. 

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