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Jack Sargeant (March 12, 1968) is the author of several books on underground film, including: Deathtripping: The Cinema of Transgression, about Cinema of Transgression filmmakers such as Richard Kern and Nick Zedd, Naked Lens: Beat Cinema, and Cinema Contra Cinema, a collection of essays on alternative film. He is the editor of the journal Suture, and co-editor with Stephanie Watson of Lost Highways: An Illustrated History of the Road Movie.

He has contributed to numerous books on subjects ranging from Andy Warhol movies to road rage, and his work has been included in collections such as Mikita Brottman's Car Crash Culture, Mendick & Harper's Underground USA, Wollen & Kerr's Autopia, and others.

He has also authored and edited true crime books including Born Bad, Death Cults, Bad Cop Bad Cop, and Guns, Death Terror. These books have featured contributions from Monte Cazazza, Michael Spann, Andrew Leavold, John Harrison, Simon Whitechapel, Chris Barber, and others.

Jack has written introductions for Joe Coleman's Book of Joe and photographer Romain Slocombe's Tokyo Sex Underground. He has contributed to publications such as Headpress as well as Panik, The Wire, Fortean Times and Bizarre magazine. Jack has written cover notes for DVDs by various underground and independent filmmakers.

Jack has appeared in numerous film and TV documentries on culture and film, as well as having cameos in underground films. He has also supplied 'sine wave breakdowns' to Australian group I/O's Calm CD.

He has promoted and organized shows for filmmakers and artists at the Horse Hospital in London and Cinematheque in Brighton, UK, and has also toured film festivals in America, Europe, and Australia. In 2002 he collaborated with Simon Kane on The Salon, an annual event that has featured performances by David Tibet, Cosey Fanni Tutti, and Cotton Ferox.


No Focus: Punk On Film, (co-edited with Chris Barber), Headpress, 2006.

Bad Cop / Bad Cop, (as editor), London: Virgin Books, 2003.

Guns, Death, Terror, (as editor), London: Creation Books, 2002.

Death Cults, (as editor), London: Virgin Books, 2002.

Lost Highways: A History of the Road Movie, (co-edited with Stephanie Watson) London: Creation Books, 2000.

Deathtripping: The Cinema of Transgression revised second edition, London: Creation Books, 2000.

Cinema Contra Cinema, Berchem: Fringecore, 1999.

Suture 1, London: Creation Books, 1998.

Naked Lens: Beat Cinema, London: Creation Books, 1997.

Born Bad, London: Creation Books, 1996.

Deathtripping: The Cinema of Transgression, London: Creation Books, 1995.

Major book contributions:

‘Harry Crosby’, Straight to Hell: 20th Century Suicides, ed. Namida King, London: Creation Books, 2004.

The Headpress Guide to Modern Culture, ed. David Kerekes, Stockport: Critical Vision, 2004.

‘Knee Deep in the Mud, Blood and Tears’, The Book of Joe, Joe Coleman, San Francisco: Last Gasp / Los Angeles: La Luz de Jesus Gallery , 2003.

‘Sticks & Bones: Weapons Training’, Search & Destroy: the Vietnam War & Film, ed. Jack Hunter, London: Creation Books, 2003.

‘Voyeurism, Sadism and Transgression: Screen Notes and Observation on Warhol’s Blow Job and I, A Man’, Underground USA: Filmmaking Beyond the Hollywood Cannon, ed. Xavier Mendick & Steven Jay Schneider, London: Wallflower, 2002.

‘Squealing Wheels and Flying Fists’, Autopia, eds. Peter Wollen and Joe Kerr, London: ReAktion Books, 2002.

‘Violence and Vinyl: Car Crashes in 1960s Pop’, Car Crash Culture, ed. Mikita Brottman, New York: Palgrove / St Martins Press, 2001.

Introduction to William S Burroughs' Unforgettable Characters: Lola La Chata and Bernabe Jurado, Brisbane: Xochi Press, 2001.

Introduction to Tokyo Sex Underground, Romain Slocombe, London: Creation Books, 2001.

Introduction to Butchershop in the Sky, James Havoc, London: Creation Books, 2000.

‘Bringing Out The Dead’, Addicted: The Myth and Menace of Drugs in Film, ed. Jack Stevenson, London: Creation Books, 2000.

‘Towards The Medical’, Body Probe, ed. David Wood, London: Velvet Books, 1999.

‘Rope of Flesh: Mudhoney Deconstructed’, Necronomicon Book Two, ed. Andy Black, London: Creation Books, 1998.

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