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               Drummer 16, pages 64-68. The whole photo spread in Care and
               Training II, except for a photo by Dave Sands, gives the impres-
               sion that these were all Mapplethorpe photos.”
            II.  The photo-feature paragraph as published in Drummer 16,
               June 1977

                     Johnny Gets His Hair Cut


            We noticed an episode involving a hair cut (and shave) in San Francisco
            photographer Jim Stewart’s “Men South of Market” series. We set these
            aside when we were running that series in Drummer 14 and asked Jim
            about it. He came up with three more shots to tell the complete story.
               Jim lives in the South of Market area and does much of his photog-
            raphy in that neighborhood and at various locations ranging from Mount
            Tam to the Slot Hotel.

            III. Eyewitness Illustrations


            “The Slot Hotel” was the gay Hotel
            California. The Eagles sang “You
            can check in, but you can never
            leave” in the best-selling album
            of the 1970s. The Slot, which was
            cheekily covered by a hotel license
            rather than a bath license was cre-
            ated ex nihilo to be a fisting palace
            by CMC founder, Jack Haines,
            and was managed by longtime
            Fritscher pal and Folsom Street
            legend, Tony Tavarossi, who had
            created the Why Not? leather
            bar in 1960. When the gorgeous
            orgies and outrageous sex acts at
            the Barracks baths began to seem
            like bourgeois vaudeville, ever
            edgier erotic performances were
            always  in  constant  invention at
            the Slot Hotel where Fritscher
            from  his  customary  Room  326
            (first door on the left at the top
            of the stairs) drove  Drummer.
            The Barracks and the Slot were
            four blocks and light years apart
            on Folsom Street. Photograph by
            Mark Hemry. ©Mark Hemry

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