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Jack Fritscher             Introduction                        9


                The Tom of Finland Foundation, headed by Durk Dehner, declared
             that “Drummer, groundbreaking for its time, set precedence for all homo-
             masculine representation to come.”
                Years ago when I was thirty-seven, I arrived at Drummer with seventeen
             years’ experience in magazine publishing. In the Swinging Sixties of Andy
             Warhol and Pop Art, I had taken my cue from one of the most successful,
             influential, and erotic popular-culture advertising campaigns in history. I
             mindfully took scissors and cut dozens of Marlboro Man ads from maga-
             zines and glued the iteration of icons, like a meaningful repetition of Warhol
             Soup Cans, into studied meditation collages to reveal their masturbatory
             essence. So, in the 1970s, I based the algorithm of “the Platonic Ideal of the
             Leatherman” in Drummer on that quintessentially American image of the
             self-reliant Marlboro Man whose rugged existential appeal as homomascu-
             line avatar was his cool independence because he marched to no drummer
             but his own.

             WARHOL, SHILTS, KEPNER: THE TRADITION OF BOOKS
             WRITTEN ABOUT THE INSTITUTIONAL MEMORY OF GAY
             MAGAZINES


             Knowledge accumulates. We each contribute our bit, and history selects
             what evolution needs to enlighten itself. During the twenty years of sleuth-
             ing, interviewing, studying, researching, and writing for this book, and its
             companion volume, Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer (2008), I found
             good company in several books written specifically about the institutional
             memory of magazines, especially Interview magazine editor Bob Colacello’s
             Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up, Mark Thompson’s and Randy Shilts’
             The Advocate History of the Gay and Lesbian Movement, and the great Jim
             Kepner’s Rough News, Daring Views: 1950s Pioneer Gay Press Journalism
             (1998), a memoir of politics, philosophy, and personalities inside gay pub-
             lishing at ONE magazine that led to the founding of the ONE National Gay
             and Lesbian Archives in virtually the same way that Drummer, steered by
             its publisher DeBlase in concert with pioneer photographer Chuck Renslow,
             led to the founding of the Leather Archives & Museum.
                Because testimony can be hearsay without corroboration from a second
             witness, the fact-checked investigative journalism in this book is constructed
             1) on the testimony of dozens of eyewitnesses, to whom I am forever grate-
             ful, as well as 2) on the internal evidence found in Drummer itself, and 3)
             in the journals, diaries, letters, photographs, interviews, recordings, maga-
             zines, and newspapers in the gay popular culture and leather archives my


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