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Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer                267
                As an exorcist ordained by the Catholic Church, I took as my first
             mission the casting out of Drummer Embry’s personal demons about the
             LAPD and about the Drummer “Slave Auction” arrests.
                That molehill had become his mountain, and obsessive coverage of
             it was a boring waste of pages in Drummer.
                On April 10, 1976, the bust of the “Slave Auction” was no Stonewall.

                By agreement with Embry and Shapiro, I put Drummer on a four-
             month hiatus without a single issue: August 1977 to December 1977.

                Embry needed a breather. From February 1977, through my hire in
             March 1977, until December 1977, he was virtually consumed with mov-
             ing house and business from LA where he was still going to court over the
             Drummer arrests.
                Leathermen and artists South of Market saw the arrival of Drummer
             as a new opportunity.
                Drummer 17 (July 1977), the second anniversary issue, was one of
             several hybrid issues with both LA and San Francisco addresses on the
             masthead. It featured the lead article I produced, “Dungeons of San Fran-
             cisco,” showcasing Gene Weber’s photographs of my two longtime pals
             Jim Kane and Ike Barnes in their dungeon on the first floor of their house
             at 11 Pink Alley, forty feet off Market Street near Pearl Street.
                (It was in the Kane-Barnes playroom that Weber had lensed me for
             the photo on the top of page 11. David Sparrow and I, having lived with
             Kane-Barnes on 19  Street and Castro prior to their real estate purchase,
             helped them scrub, remodel, and paint 11 Pink Alley which was a second-
             floor garret over a street-level garage. In the way that men had to climb to
             the second floor of the Mineshaft to be able to go down the interior stairs
             to the “basement” on the street level, so did S&M tricks at Kane-Barnes
             have to climb the outside stairs to enter the living space, and then, lifting
             the secret trapdoor in the kitchen floor, climb back down to the street level
             of the Kane-Barnes playroom.)
                Drummer 18, partially prepared in LA, was handed to me for mas-
             sage and final edit (uncredited), and hit the bookstores in August 1977.
                Drummer 18 was the last issue released during the hiatus of the next
             hundred days until I brought out Drummer 19 (December 1977) which
             was the first issue of Drummer listing “Jack Fritscher” as editor in chief
             on the masthead.

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