SEARCH AND DESTROY Nos. 1-11 with RE/SEARCH Nos. 1-3 The Complete Run of 14 Groundbreaking PUNK ZINES San Francisco NEW WAVE 1977-1981
Launched in 1977 SEARCH AND DESTROY was the very first Punk Rock New Wave Zine to emerge from San Francisco's nascent Punk Rock Scene. A visually arresting Punk Zine that immediately set the standard for D.I.Y. punk graphics, attitude and aesthetics. An iconic publication featuring the most influential underground punk artists through interviews, photographs, collages, and artwork. Jello Biafra thought it was the greatest underground zine ever.
Founded and published by original Blue Cheer keyboardist V. Vale while working at City Lights Bookstore, Vale got his original funding from Allan Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. All the most important (and some forgotten) UK and US Punk and New Wave bands are represented including the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, The Nuns, Pere Ubu, Crime, Dead Kennedys, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Screamers, Clash, Throbbing Gristle, Buzzcocks, Talking Heads, DEVO, Weirdos, Suicide, Avengers, Alternative TV, The Damned, Blondie, Weirdos, Dead Boys, The Cramps, Siouxsie & The Banshees, DNA, Sleepers, Zeros, Chrome, Cabaret Voltaire, Mutants, Patti Palladin, Helen Wheels, The Slits, and so many more. SEARCH AND DESTROY also bridged the punk scene with literary figures, visual artists, and filmmakers who influenced and were influenced by punk, surrealism and dada including Allan Ginsberg, William Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, John Waters, David Lynch, Bruce Conner, Russ Meyer, Diane Di Prima, Lou Reed, Steve Jones, Vivienne Westwood, and Nico Ordway. SEARCH AND DESTROY ceased publication with issue #11 in 1979, but in 1980 it morphed into RE/SEARCH which ran three punk issues in the same style. Afterwards the publication completely changed into a glossy book form featuring underground and counterculture topics.
Named for the Stooge's proto punk anthem, SEARCH AND DESTROY remains one of the most important, vibrant, and influential periodicals to emerge from punk. A Complete run of this seminal punk zine.
SEARCH & DESTROY: New Wave Cultural Research #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, Rebel Youth Culture #10, Future History #11, 1977-1979. Published and Edited by V. Vale, San Francisco, and RE/SEARCH #1, #2, #3, 1980-1981. Published by Rough Trade and Edited by V. Vale, San Francisco.
Newspaper format zine, 17.5" x 11.5", stiffly folded in half as issued and distributed, from 16 to 30 pages each, richly illustrated throughout with b&w photographs and punk imagery. VERY GOOD Condition with some typical toning here and there mostly to the covers and margins, occasional wear, small tearing at the folds, overall a bright, clean, unmarked and sound complete set. Search & Destroy Issue #1 is the second state, lacking the red stamping, issue #10 is a 1988 reprint, and RE/search issues #1 and #3 are 1988 reprints, the rest are original first editions/printings.