previous publications

Against Control, Eight Millimetres, 2014.

Naked Lens: Beat Cinema, Soft Skull, 2009.

Deathtripping: The Extreme Underground, Soft Skull, 2008.
Updated and expanded edition.

No Focus: Punk On Film, (co-edited with Chris Barber), Headpress, 2006. A collection of essays on the interface between punk and cinema.

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

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

Death Cults, (as editor), Virgin Books, 2002. True crime collection featuring contributions from Monte Cazazza, John Harrison and others. These essays on murderous religious cults include pieces lesser known cults.

Naked Lens: Beat Cinema, Creation Books, 2001, second edition. Expanded and updated afterward. Numbered Creation Cinema Collection edition. Out of print.

Lost Highways: A History of the Road Movie, (co-edited with Stephanie Watson) Creation Books, 2000. Out of print. RARE. Online copies have been spotted selling for more than $200.

Deathtripping: The Cinema of Transgression revised second edition, Creation Books, 2000, numbered spine marking it as part of the Creation Cinema Collection. This edition includes an afterward on post-Cinema of Transgression filmmakers. No longer in print.

Cinema Contra Cinema, Fringecore, 1999. A collection of writings on underground film. Believed to be out of print.

Suture 1, Creation Books, 1998. The first of a series of books on ‘underground’ ‘aesthetics’ featuring Lydia Lunch’s non-musical explorations, filmmaker Mark Hejnar, artist Romain Slocombe and others. No longer in print, a few copies still available.

Naked Lens: Beat Cinema, Creation Books, first published in 1997. No longer in print.

Born Bad, Creation Books, 1996. True crime pulp written about spree-killer Charles Starkweather commissioned by Creation Books.

Deathtripping: The Cinema of Transgression, Creation Books, first published in 1995. No longer in print.

Books As Contributor (Selected)

'In Celebration of Going Too Far: Waterpower' in From the Arthouse to the Grindhouse, eds Rob Weiner & John Cline, Scarecrow, 2010

‘This Is Hardcore' in Cinematic Folds: The Furling and Unfurling of Images, ed Firoza Elavia, Pleasure Dome, 2008.

'Revealing and Concealing: Notes and Observations on Eroticism and Female Pubic Hair’, in Hair Styling, Cultur and Fashion, eds Geraldine Biddle-Perry & Sarah Cheang, Berg, 2008.

Introduction to The Gun Is Loaded, Lydia Lunch, Black Dog, London, 2008.

Straight to Hell: 20th Century Suicides, ed. Namida King, Creation Books, 2004. Jack’s contribution is an essay on Harry Crosby, poet, publisher, and artist who affirmed vital existence in the face of the abyss.

The Headpress Guide to Modern Culture, ed. David Kerekes, Critical Vision, 2004. Includes entries by Jack.

‘Knee Deep in the Mud, Blood and Tears’, essay in The Book of Joe, by outsider artist Joe Coleman, Last Gasp / La Luz de Jesus Gallery , 2003.

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

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

‘Squealing Wheels and Flying Fists’, essay on the history of road rage in Autopia, eds. Peter Wollen and Joe Kerr, ReAktion Books, 2002.

‘Violence and Vinyl: Car Crashes in 1960s Pop’, essay on car crash death songs including Tell Laura I Love Her and Leader of the Pack, Car Crash Culture, ed. Mikita Brottman, Palgrove / St Martins Press, 2001.

Introduction to William S Burroughs' Unforgettable Characters: Lola La Chata and Bernabe Jurado, Xochi Press, 2001. Ultra rare book on Burroughs and containing previously unpublished WSB fragments.

Introduction to documentary photography book Tokyo Sex Underground, Romain Slocombe, Creation Books, 2001.

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

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

‘Towards The Medical’, essay on medical fetishism in Body Probe, ed. David Wood, Velvet Books, 1999.

‘Rope of Flesh: Mudhoney Deconstructed’, essay on Russ Meyer in Necronomicon Book Two, ed. Andy Black, Creation Books, 1998.

Video / DVD liner notes:

Various Experiments in Terror 2 (USA: Other Cinema)

Various Cinema of Transgression (UK: BFI).

David Gordon Green George Washington (UK: BFI)

Kirby Dick Sick: The Life And Death of Bob Flannigan, Supermasochist (UK: BFI).

Television and Film

Two Lane Black Top, Road Movie Lecture, film of public lecture as DVD extra, Umbrella Entertainment, Australia, 2007.

Llik Your Idols, Cinema of Transgression documentary feature film interviewee, France 2007

Russ Meyer: King of Sexploitation, documentary interviewee, Ireland / UK, Channel 5 Television, 2004.

100 Sexiest Moments, documentary interviewee, Channel 4 Television, UK, 2003.

Love & Anarchy: The Wild World of Jaimie Leonarder, documentary interviewee, Pagan Films, SBS TV, Australia, 2002.

Fear, Panic And Censorship, documentary interviewee, Channel 4 Television, UK, October, 2000.

New Apocalyptic Literature Jack Sargeant & Stuart Swezey as documentary subject, Denmark, 1999.

X-Tripping, interviewee and research advisor on documentary on underground film and culture, Channel 4 Television, UK, 1998.

The Cinema of Transgression Video

This video was released by the British Film Institute, it is no longer available.
Selected Reviews:

Lost Highways: An Illustrated History of the Road Movie

"Lost Highways thoroughly examines the sub-genre of road movies, categorizing and explaining both the literal and symbolic elements. There's twenty chapters here, with essays devoted to westerns, biker movies, and Australian road movies, amongst others, as well as discourses on individual movies such as EASY RIDER and CRASH… the writing is uniformly intelligent and interesting. There's also a pissload of cool pictures and movie ads, and it fits right in with the rest of the top-notch books CREATION has released." FRIGHT X

"Finally THE coolest genre of them all is given the attention it truly deserves… This book has it all, everything from 50's hot-rod favourites like HOT CAR GIRL (1958), DRAGSTRIP GIRL (1957), Noir classics like THEY LIVE BY NIGHT (1948), Biker flicks ANGELS FROM HELL and THE HARD RIDE… Individual chapters focus on such stand-out movies as the seminal EASY RIDER, Monte Hellman's existential TWO-LANE BLACKTOP (given a far too negative write up for such an obvious genre masterpiece!) and 1971's speed-freak epic VANISHING POINT. 'The Antipodes' chapter covers Australia's (and New Zealand's) unique take on the genre, looking at the MAD MAX series, Peter Weir's THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS and KISS OR KILL (1997) amongst others. Horror tinged movies like ROAD GAMES, THE HITCHER, RACE WITH THE DEVIL and DUEL are appreciated, with a specific section on Vampire road movies like Carpenter's VAMPIRES, Bigelow's NEAR DARK and the manic Rodriguez/Tarantino splatter-fest FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. 'Killer Couples' on the road are also singled out, covering BONNIE AND CLYDE, BADLANDS, THE SADIST, TRUE ROMANCE, KALIFORNIA and of course NATURAL BORN KILLERS… There are even chapters on 'Queens of the Road', 'Travelling Children', Godard's WEEKEND, Cronenberg's CRASH and studies of Wim Wenders and David Lynch. An intelligent insight into fast cars and their speeding drivers." Reelscreen

Naked Lens: Beat Cinema

"The focus he (Sargeant) shines intelligently upon the concept of 'Beat Films' is years overdue. A book of this nature must surely have been done before, but no, it has not. As much a book about the atmosphere of Beat creation as it is of film making, Jack Sargeant has come up trumps here." Beat Scene

"A good, intelligent resource book." Neon

Cinema Contra Cinema

"The full pantheon of post-Millenium freakery as viewed through the all-seeing celluloid eye." Bizarre


"Zine of the Month: This new arts journal edited by mondo fetishist and splattercore archivist Jack Sargeant is published by Creation with the aim of documenting the taboo areas of fin-de-siecle culture…The result is a kind of pervo-deviant tribute to the spirit of Georges Bataille." I-D

"This is an adorable collection of essays and interviews with artists from around the world. Although Jack Sargeant is only credited as the editor, this is very much his book. He has done the majority of the interviews inside and we're moving around some of the same landscape he has shown us before. We are treated to in-depth interviews with Lydia Lunch, Joe Coleman, Romain Slocombe, Jacob Pander and Marne Lucas, Suehiro Maruo, Trevor Brown, Dame Darcy, Mark Hejnar and John Hilcoat. There is also a short piece about writer/poet James Havoc. All the material makes me want to check out the artists' works, even artists like Lydia Lunch of whom I've already heard/seen a great deal, because this material comes up with new angles. According to the jacket Suture is here to document the fringes of the global underground. It does a good job and it is supposed to do it every year. Let's hope that the next issue takes us even further into uncharted waters." Jonas Kellagher

Deathtripping: The Cinema of Transgression

"Deathtripping is the first fully comprehensive account of the New York underground film movement, its prehistory, development and key players… There isn't any more anyone need know about Transgression after this. Deathtripping is the first and the last word on the subject." Headpress

"A long-overdue, exhaustively comprehensive documentation of the Cinema of Transgression. Massively illustrated with rare, sometimes hair-raising photographs…The book will appeal to casual toe-dippers and the hard-core cognoscenti." Skin Two

"Sargeant not only understands the mechanisms of the art world, he also knows the workings of the 'power of transgression'. He laces his essays with the ideas of theorists such as Foucault, Bataille, and Deleuze. In the process of conducting his interviews, Sargeant reveals that he is more eloquent and well versed than his subjects. Could this be further proof that intellectuals have a place in the underground after all?" Your Flesh
"A reader-friendly work that is an impressive and exhaustively researched study of a fascinating chapter in the history of American cinema" Micro-Film