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                In addition to Embry’s personal baiting of Ed Davis inside Drummer,
                the 1970s “...string of unsolved murders was the real reason for Ed
                Davis’ raid of that gay Slave Auction, according to LAPD insiders.
                [Italics added] Police believe a local S-M ring may be responsible
                for savagely....”

                In terms of free speech, my erotic writing was once censored by Embry
             in Drummer which was itself banned in uptight towns across the nation. My
             novel Leather Blues, introduced in Drummer, was confiscated by Canadian
             customs. And my frontal photographs from my Drummer-inflected photo
             book American Men were censored by British puritans as reported in Edward
             Lucie-Smith’s article in the Index on Censorship for Free Expression (Volume
             28, No. 6 Nov/Dec 1999, Issue 191). As an eyewitness activist experienced
             in the intersection of censorship, art, and politics, especially around Robert
             Mapplethorpe, I wrote about collisions in that intersection in several books,
             Television Today, Popular Witchcraft, and Mapplethorpe: Assault with a Deadly
             Camera, as well as in my essay “Mapplethorpe: Censored” in Censorship: A
             World Encyclopedia (2002). My stand on the relativity of freedom of the press
             is different from Embry touting absolutely, inside Los Angeles Drummer,
             the following twenty-five risky and often illegal topics which were all more
             dangerous in Davis’ Fascist Los Angeles than in liberated San Francisco.
                Embry and Davis were like two antagonistic Hollywood monsters
             meeting their match in one another. In their relationship lies a major motion
             picture, a moody crime thriller about the LA sex wars in the 1970s, shot in
             the neo-noir tradition of Chinatown which was about the LA water wars of
             the 1930s.
                In all cases, I have tried to substantiate my analysis with suitable internal
             evidence directly from the pages of Drummer itself.


             Embry allowed publication of advice, names, and addresses of magazines
             featuring minors, including younger children (Drummer 2); poem, “Boys”
             (Drummer  5); 17-year-old boy in Scott Masters’ serial-book,  Five in the
             Training Room (Drummer 6); and “Robert Payne” ad for Embry’s own novel,
             The Story of Q, with its “Love for Sale” pitch about minors: “Sold into slavery
             at 16...”; plus a half-page under-age chicken ad (Drummer 9); then, twice
             in Drummer 18, page 74, and Drummer 19, Embry published a quarter-
             page ad titled “Photos of Male High School Students” sold mail-order by

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