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May 22, 2020

Lydia and Tim visit V. Vale and his wife Marian Wallace at their apartment in San Francisco, which doubles as headquarters for RE/Search, a 40-year-old publisher of books on underground music, film and culture, of which Vale serves as editor and sole proprietor. In the indie publishing world, he’s a founding father; in weird art and punk circles, he’s a legend.
In 1977 Vale founded Search & Destroy, San Francisco’s first Punk Rock publication. It was published at City Lights Bookstore, where Vale worked, and was funded by $100 each from Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg. In 1980, Vale launched RE/SEARCH Publications. Vale is most likely the longest lasting (and still active) Punk publisher. Although Vale released books which include Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, Lydia, and many other Punk notables, RE/SEARCH is actually best known for its impact on the total world of underground culture.