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6                                       Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
                   As an eyewitness, I was a tenured and openly gay profes-
               sor, and I announced to editors of academic journals that I was
               available with dual credentials as both a cultural arts critic and
               an erotic participant to document our 1960s gay culture. With
               people like Bella Abzug, I toured as a speaker in college-campus
               lecture series, and wrote essays (such as “Originality in The Boys
               in the Band”) for the newly founded Journal of Popular Culture
               edited by PCA founder Ray Browne. His Popular Culture Press
               at Bowling Green University contracted in 1969 to publish my
               Popular Witchcraft: Straight from the Witch’s Mouth which was
               the first book to discuss gay magic and leather ritual.
                   Soon enough, along came Stonewall and the Titanic 1970s
               with gay liberation and Drummer begging for air pressure, con-
               tent, self-discovery, and identity.
                   I groomed Drummer to reflect the readers who identified
               themselves and what they liked in thousands of their personals
               ads. The perfect demographic. Drummer was the people’s maga-
               zine, at least among a million masculine-identified leatherfolk
               In its mission statement (, The Journal of Popu-
            lar Culture has articulated concepts that help explain the reader-reflexive,
            grass-roots, and erotica verite principles of the first-person, dialog-driven,
            documentary scenes that Fritscher as analytical editor in chief and New
            Journalism author introduced into Drummer, into his popular culture
            memoir-novel Some Dance to Remember, and into Gay San Francisco: Eye-
            witness Drummer.
                   The popular culture movement was founded on the prin-
               ciple that the perspectives and experiences of common folk offer
               compelling insights into the social world. The fabric of human
               social life is not merely the art deemed worthy to hang in muse-
               ums, the books that have won literary prizes or been named
               “classics,” or the religious and social ceremonies carried out by
               societies’ elite.  The Journal of Popular Culture continues to break
               down the barriers between so-called “low” and “high” culture
               and focuses on filling in the gaps a neglect of popular culture has
               left in our understanding of the workings of society.

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