RE/Search

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RE/Search
Industry Publishing
Founded 1980
Founder V. Vale
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 editor V. Vale in 1980. In a few references Andrea Juno was also credited as an editor. However 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.

History[edit]

monochrom's Arse Elektronika anthologies "pr0nnovation?" and "Do Androids Sleep With Electric Sheep?" (published by RE/Search and monochrom)

The debut issue of Search & Destroy (1977), named after the Stooges song, focused on the emerging punk and new wave scene, with articles on Mabuhay Gardens, the hottest venue for punk in the city, and interviews with the local bands Crime, Vermilion, and the Nuns.[2]

The first issue of Re/Search (1980)[3] 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."[4]

Select bibliography[edit]

Search & Destroy[edit]

  • Search & Destroy #1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11: Tabloid format zine. RE/Search Publications, 1977–1979.

RE/Search numbered volumes[edit]

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