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Finding Aid for the V. Vale Collection of Search and Destroy and RE/Search Publications Records, 1927-2014 LSC.1858
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Collection contains production materials, administrative records, press and promotional materials, and correspondence from late 1970’s San Francisco punk zine Search & Destroy and subcultural publishing outfit RE/Search Publications (briefly V/Search Publications). Established in 1981, RE/Search documents underground trends including body modification, industrial culture, and zines, as well as countercultural literary figures such as J. G. Ballard and William S. Burroughs. Material represented in this collection was accumulated by San Francisco-based publisher, writer, musician, and artist V. Vale.
V. Vale, born Vale Hamanaka, is an influential independent publisher in San Francisco who brought to greater public prominence the eccentricities and personalities of punk, underground, and alternative culture. He was born in 1944 in a Japanese internment camp in Jerome, Arkansas to the actor Conrad Yama (Kiyoshi Conrad Hamanaka) and Mary Takaoka of the vaudeville trio the Taka Sisters. He later studied English at the University of California, Berkeley, and attended a semester of graduate studies at San Francisco State University, before he went on to become one of the early members of the rock/metal band Blue Cheer (1967).
265.4 linear feet (371 boxes, 40 oversized flat boxes, 33 media boxes, 30 flat boxes, 24 record cartons, 19 shoeboxes, 8 half boxes, 7 poster storage boxes)
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