An audience with
the Godfather of Counterculture V. Vale, 

hosted by Beatie Wolfe & Aaron Rose

on April 16th, 2023 at 3pm (PT)
at The Aster, 1717 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028


An audience with Counterculture Godfather & Punk Publisher V. Vale hosted by Beatie Wolfe and Aaron Rose


Come celebrate the life and work of one of this world’s true originals: RE/Search founder V. Vale - described as the first (and last!) punk publisher! After launching San Francisco’s first punk zine Search & Destroy in 1977 with $100 each from Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Vale founded RE/Search in 1980 for his other cultural-anthropological explorations including Industrial music, the writings of J.G. Ballard and William S. Burroughs, feminism, “Incredibly Strange” filmmaking and so much more. A cornerstone of the counterculture movement, Vale's influence remains both all-pervasive and yet hidden in plain sight.


This event includes a conversation between Vale, Aaron Rose and Beatie Wolfe; a live DJ set from Money Mark on tape cassettes; a reading of Vale's cat haikus and "Goals for Life" and a live performance from Vale and Marian. The night will be broadcast with dublab radio... (listen again below)

Event Folk

V. Vale

guest of honor

Beatie Wolfe

co-host & interviewer

Aaron Rose

co-host & interviewer


radio station

Marian Wallace


Money Mark


RE/Search publications

est. 1980 by V. Vale

The Aster


More on V.Vale... 

In 1977 Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti funded V. Vale's Search & Destroy (which morphed into RE/Search in 1980). Goal: document and catalyze underground and taboo-breaking artists and ideas. Vale continues dispersing countercultural ideas through publications, media, and personal appearances. New publications: "San Francisco" (photo book) and "Secrets of Street Photography" (zine) by Yoshi Yubai; Terminal "Punk" philosophy; new deluxe hardback editions of RE/Search #8/9: J.G. Ballard; R/S #4/5: Burroughs, Gysin, Throbbing Gristle; R/S #6/7: Industrial Culture Handbook. Best-sellers include Modern Primitives (tattoo and body-piercing), Angry Women (performance art), Zines, Pranks, and the “Incredibly Strange” series of books. 

Earlier V. Vale interviews by Aaron Rose and Beatie Wolfe

V. Vale in ANP Quarterly - interview by Aaron Rose

V. Vale in Birdy Magazine - interview by Beatie Wolfe