V. Vale - William S Burroughs in a Gun Shop - 11" x 14" Photo Print

V. Vale - William S Burroughs in a Gun Shop - 11" x 14" Photo Print

V. Vale - William S Burroughs in a Gun Shop
Original Photo Digitally Printed on Photo Card
Print Dimensions: 11" x 14"
Signed by the Artist with a unique narrated description at bottom of print

According to V. Vale, taking his good friend William S Burroughs to a gun shop is like taking a kid to a candy store.

Commentary by V. Vale: “By luck William S. Burroughs was dressed in a classic noir-era detective costume (fedora, tan trenchcoat) when I got the idea to take him to the long-gone San Francisco Gun Exchange on 2nd Street between Mission and Howard (downtown tech start-up territory these days). A semi-automatic (i.e., not fully automatic, but easily-convertible with a substitute gray-market trigger mechanism) version of the fabled Uzi 9mm machine pistol was on display, and I asked the salesman if we could handle it. I immediately took a photo; so fast that it’s a bit blurry… but it’s a bona-fide document of an unrehearsed experience. In the background are shelves of rifles and boxes of ammunition receding into infinity."

V. Vale is an editor, writer-interviewer, activist, historian, photographer and pianist. In 1977, V. Vale founded as sole proprietor Search & Destroy, San Francisco's first punk rock publication. It was published at City Lights bookstore, where Vale worked. In 1980, Vale launched Re/Search Publications. He is most likely the longest-lasting, and still active, punk publisher. Although Vale released books which include Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, Lydia Lunch and many others, Re/Search is best known for its impact on the total world of underground culture and intellectual publishing.

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