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                                                    “Previews” publicity  kit.
                                                    Popular culture critic Frit-
                                                    scher observed: “Everything
                                                    in the Titanic 1970s roared
                                                    up finally like the cacopho-
                                                    nous, partially-improvised
                                                    orchestral crescendo of the
                                                    24-bar extended E-major
                                                    chord at the end of the Bea-
             tles’ ‘A Day in the Life’ in the Sgt. Pepper album.” Upping the production values of “Night
             Flight,” the rush of high-octane parties like “Previews” starring Sylvester included a “Vinyl
             Record” in the “Invitation” to the concert-dance on October 9, 1982, even as Gay-Related
             Immune Deficiency (GRID) illnesses began to tarnish the Golden Age with whispers of
             HIV and AIDS. In December 1988, Sylvester (of the Hula Palace salon) died at 42, the
             same age at which Mapplethorpe (of the Drummer salon) died March 1989.


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                        “Drummer Trucker Party” ad in Drummer. Catching the cash-cow wave
              Eyewitness
                        of the CMC Carnival, “Night Flight,” and “Stars,” Drummer hosted its
             Illustration own homomasculine theme party, “Truckers,” at Trocadero Transfer, 520
                        Fourth Street, San Francisco, November 7, 1980. This extravaganza led
             to the parties of the Mr. Drummer annual contest.








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