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             graphs, the pointillist artist Rex in five drawings, Lou Thomas of Target
             Studio in eleven photographs, and Bob Heffron in seven photographs. As
             an aside to the featured artists, I filled the issue with “Sparrow-Fritscher”
             as “Sparrow” in a proof sheet of thirty-five photographs, and “Fritscher”
             solo in two “film strips” of eight photographs.
                This Drummer 14 Stewart photo-spread buoyed by the simultane-
             ous “happening” of Jim Stewart’s show, “Men South of Market,” led to
             publication of three pages of six of his photographs, titled “Johnny Gets
             His Hair Cut!” in Drummer 17 (June 1977), the second anniversary issue.
             In Drummer 17, Jim Stewart’s name as photographer was added to the
             Drummer contents page. On October 11, 2007, Jim Stewart wrote:
                Dear Jack,

                Here are my three contact sheets of the Shoot @ the Slot. There
                is one negative of me missing — I clipped it for a fan somewhere
                along the line. I took most of these photos but somebody took
                the ones of me, obviously, and it was you, Jack, as I remember
                you rolling around on your back on the floor in that green nylon
                flight-suit like you were shooting for an Antonioni film! Very
                David Hemmings in Blow-Up. Ah sweet bird of youth. We were
                all such exhibitionists and voyeurs.
                 — Jim [See Jim Stewart quote in the introduction to “Johnny
                Gets His Hair Cut” in this book.]

                The addition of a name to the Drummer masthead meant that the
             freelance photographer, artist, or writer had contributed once and might
             do so again; but it did not necessarily mean that everyone listed was on
             the Drummer staff or was receiving any kind of salary or was part of the
             in-crowd. Some people like the first publisher John Embry and his virtual
             “indentured servant” John Rowberry were functionaries of Drummer, but
             were never part of the salon around Drummer. In the resulting drama,
             a civil war eventually broke out at  Drummer after I exited  Drummer
             December 31, 1979. In 1980, Embry and Rowberry forged an informal
             “Blacklist” to dictate who could and could not contribute to Drummer.
             (That Blacklist ended in Drummer itself when Embry sold the magazine
             and I returned to its pages in 1986. Fallout from that perceived Blacklist
             continued into the gaystream as Embry created new magazines and his
             apparatchiks moved to other gay publishing venues.)
                The masthead is, nevertheless, kind of a permeable guide to the
             Drummer salon through December 31, 1979.

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