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                   This is an amazing piece of work [Staley’s press release], con-
               sidering about the only thing vaguely “American” about this new
               Drummer is their eagerness to take U.S. dollars. The new debut
               online  Drummer, based in Amsterdam, consists of exactly four
               “pages”—more than half of which was taken up with this letter.
                   New direction? In fact, Drummer [which Embry did not own
               in the 1990s] has been trying to launch a successful website since
               1996, with dismal results. The U.S. operations of Drummer were
               discontinued last year and the name “rented” out to a Pittsburgh
               organization  [Zuhl],  turning the  fund-raising  Mr. Drummer
               Contest into a for-profit venture. [Coincidentally, Embry himself
               had caused the Drummer Slave Auction bust by changing its pur-
               pose from a private fund-raiser for the community to a for-profit
               event for himself, and on those essential changes, the LAPD based
               its justification for the raid that cost thousands of taxpayer dollars.]
                   When the magazine ceased publication, employees, advertis-
               ers and subscribers were left dangling in the wind. In this letter
               the “new” Drummer clearly takes direct credit for that decisiton
               [sic]. It was Super MR who, as a goodwill gesture, offered Drummer
               subscribers and advertisers a credit equal to their unfulfilled subscrip-
               tions and advertising. [Wrote trickster Embry! Italics added.] It may
               be difficult to seize the legacy and at the same time dodge the
                   Whatever Zen sort of moving-to-the-next-plane-of-existence
               spin you put on it, Drummer, as we knew it, is plainly gone. It is
               particularly embarressing [sic] to Alternate Publishing who origi-
               nated the title 25 years ago, [that] the name is now just an empty
               trademark. In this case, with limited apologies to both Mark Twain
               and Mr. Staley, rumored signs of life (or certainly of any continued
               credibility) are greatly exaggerated.
               —[Signed] Robert Davolt

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