Fritscher, Jack. "Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer", 2009.
Sex, Art, Salon, Pop Culture and Gay History
Jack Fritscher was the editor-in chief of "Drummer" Magazine, a magazine that included fiction, nonfiction, interviews, photography and film and video was one of a kind. It came into being in the 1970s and was one of the few reflections of gay life. This book is a collection of the best of "Drummer". It includes feature articles and fiction, an extensive bibliography, cover photographs, sex, art, gay history, interviews and reviews. I found it to be a nostalgic trip. Fritscher was editor for 25 years and his comments are amazing. He began with "Drummer" in 1977 and he decided that the magazine should be reader-reflective. The magazine carried stories on gay liberation and it examined the movement as it grew. He also included drawings and photographs of men as the red-blooded animals that they are. However, Fritscher's main goal was eroticism. The magazine was to be recreational and fun. The book is a book of documents from "Drummer" and it is incredible. For me it brought back great memories and is a wonderful way to look at how we lived once when the times were very much different.
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