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            moment when the first issue of Drummer was at the printer. He felt that
            1980s Drummer, which had outgrown him, also dumped him, and, imme-
            diately after he sold it, his separation anxieties re-emerged as seller’s remorse.
            Actually, Embry in his vanity boasted that without him Drummer would
            immediately go out of business. DeBlase tried to keep his distance and forge
            ahead with his new Drummer. He was no fool. But at the point of sale, he
            had unwittingly insulted Embry, where no offense was meant, when he had
            asked Embry to sign a non-competition promise not to create, for five years,
            any new magazine that could impact original-recipe Drummer. At least, that
            is what DeBlase told me during the years he made me his consultant.
               In 1998, Embry, the King of Schadenfreude, took a cheap shot at the
            unfortunate DeBlase who had by then lost Drummer. He emblazoned the
            front cover of his Drummer doppelganger, Manhood Rituals 2, with the
            bold challenge: “With the Excitement of the First 100 Drummers by Its
               Sometimes the full moon restores the virginity of the Gypsy’s daughter,
            and sometimes it doesn’t.

                                    ONE-HIT WONDER
                 Units of Measure in John Embry’s Virtual Drummer Magazines:
                                  Embry Had One Vision
                         in His Magazine Cartel of Cloned Replicants

               If a young reader sat down at a table spread with open copies of
               any and every old magazine title and issue published by Embry, the
               reader would not be able to tell one magazine from the other with-
               out looking at the exact title on the covers. Layout, graphics, font,
               paper, photos, drawings, writing, and content are interchangeable
               from 1975-2003. Embry was a One-Hit Wonder. He purposely con-
               fused his later magazines to make them all seem like special issues
               of his only success, Drummer. In 1968 when Andy Warhol wrote his
               conceptual novel titled simply, A, he said he wanted the reader to
               throw the unbound pages in the air, pick them up, and read them
               in whatever order came from the shuffle. The toss is the same with
               Embry’s magazines. Each one was cloned in form, content, and style
               from Drummer. Every Mach, Alternate, Manifest Reader, and Super
               MR was a virtual Drummer.

               “Everything that came after Drummer,” Jeanne Barney wrote to me,
            “was his obvious attempt to duplicate the earlier magazine and early success.”

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