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Drew Blood (Drew Bailey) was an underground publisher and author of poetry chapbooks from 1980 until his death in the late 90's on the now infamous [[Drew Blood Press]],Ltd. He was involved in the early days of the LA punk scene and later lived in Riverside, CA where he used his job in the copy shop making syllabus for classes at UC, Riverside to also make copies of poetry chapbooks and broadsides that he would distribute at punk shows, art galleries, poetry readings, record and book stores around Southern California. He also distributed a number of titles and authors through the classifieds of Flipside, Maximum Rock-n-Roll and [[Factsheet 5]]. His press died with him, but he had printed and distributed over 9,000 chapbooks before he passed from health complications resulting from being HIV+ since 1982.  
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Drew Blood (Drew Bailey) was an underground publisher and author of poetry chapbooks from 1980 until his death in the late 90's on the now infamous [[Drew Blood Press]],Ltd. He was involved in the early days of the LA punk scene and later lived in Riverside, CA where he used his job in the copy shop making syllabus for classes at UC, Riverside to also make copies of poetry chapbooks and broadsides that he would distribute at punk shows, art galleries, poetry readings, record and book stores around Southern California. He also distributed a number of titles and authors through the classifieds of Flipside, Maximum Rock-n-Roll and [[Factsheet Five]]. His press died with him, but he had printed and distributed over 9,000 chapbooks before he passed from health complications resulting from being HIV+ since 1982.  
Drew Blood was one of many disenfranchised, demoralized youths that found a common voice in the Southern California punk rock community in the mid to late 70’s. He had struggled with being openly gay even as a young boy in a world that was very stigmatizing toward him. He was eventually drawn into the seedy world of hustling and became enamored with glam rock then punk rock as it emerged in the local DIY spirit of the day. He was a front man for several bands and began writing poetry as well as song lyrics. He was close friends and band mate with Donnie Rose, who had been in a relationship with Darby Crash (Jan Paul Beahm) of the Germs. He roamed around So-Cal gaining the experiences he would  write vividly about and started making little punk rock broad sides that accompanied his bands fliers for shows. The death of Darby by overdose and the incarceration for life of his friend Regi Mentle (Reginald Alsin) for murder deeply affected Drew and exacerbated his tendency toward depression. His writing became a tool to deal with the grief and loss that was occurring all around him. He used his writing more and more to cope with life.
Drew Blood was one of many disenfranchised, demoralized youths that found a common voice in the Southern California punk rock community in the mid to late 70’s. He had struggled with being openly gay even as a young boy in a world that was very stigmatizing toward him. He was eventually drawn into the seedy world of hustling and became enamored with glam rock then punk rock as it emerged in the local DIY spirit of the day. He was a front man for several bands and began writing poetry as well as song lyrics. He was close friends and band mate with Donnie Rose, who had been in a relationship with Darby Crash (Jan Paul Beahm) of the Germs. He roamed around So-Cal gaining the experiences he would  write vividly about and started making little punk rock broad sides that accompanied his bands fliers for shows. The death of Darby by overdose and the incarceration for life of his friend Regi Mentle (Reginald Alsin) for murder deeply affected Drew and exacerbated his tendency toward depression. His writing became a tool to deal with the grief and loss that was occurring all around him. He used his writing more and more to cope with life.
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[[A. Razor]] and Drew Blood collaborated with many other writers and helped each other as much as they could to make the press be as inclusive and dynamic as possible. Drew also published and befriended many other writers and artists who contributed immensely to spreading the words and creations he put together on the D.B.P.L. He published many titles, including those of the writers Maureen McNally, Kym Landry, Paul “White Boy” Weinman, Larry Oberc, Jodi Hathaway, Holly Day, Alan Catlin, C. P. Neblett, Al Slammer, Anne Wilgure, Mike Cluff, Becky Tatham, Donnie Rose, Michelle Clinton, Erika Schleager, Rafael Carvajal, Tim Shepherd, David Curtis, Max Hoffman, Dominique Lowell, Danielle Willis, Bob Z, Diet Popstitute, Larry-bob Roberts as well as featuring art from Bob Peck, Dax, Ulla Nilsen, Mark Neville, Anders Nilsen, Rax, Jean Thomas, Jayne Henle and Regi Mentle (who would contribute from inside the Men’s Colony at San Luis Obispo).
[[A. Razor]] and Drew Blood collaborated with many other writers and helped each other as much as they could to make the press be as inclusive and dynamic as possible. Drew also published and befriended many other writers and artists who contributed immensely to spreading the words and creations he put together on the D.B.P.L. He published many titles, including those of the writers Maureen McNally, Kym Landry, Paul “White Boy” Weinman, Larry Oberc, Jodi Hathaway, Holly Day, Alan Catlin, C. P. Neblett, Al Slammer, Anne Wilgure, Mike Cluff, Becky Tatham, Donnie Rose, Michelle Clinton, Erika Schleager, Rafael Carvajal, Tim Shepherd, David Curtis, Max Hoffman, Dominique Lowell, Danielle Willis, Bob Z, Diet Popstitute, Larry-bob Roberts as well as featuring art from Bob Peck, Dax, Ulla Nilsen, Mark Neville, Anders Nilsen, Rax, Jean Thomas, Jayne Henle and Regi Mentle (who would contribute from inside the Men’s Colony at San Luis Obispo).
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With the help of fellow editors, Erika Schleager and Kim Koch, [[A. Razor]] was able to bring Drew Blood out to Minneapolis, MN for a Your Elbow reading at Mayslacks Bar. Razor also was able to read Drew’s poem, SILENCE=DEATH(a rant), at the first unveiling of the AIDS quilt in Washington, DC on the capitol mall. Drew befriended and corresponded with Mike Gunderloy at [[Factsheet 5]], Larry-bob from Holy Titclamps Zine, Diet Popstitute of the Popstitutes, Xcene Cervenka of X, Bob Z from Bad Newz in NYC, as well as Al Slammer and Pig Havoc in the UK. He collaborated with Regi Mentle (Reginald Alsin) through the mail and phone calls and made Regi’s artwork and writing available to the world despite the severe circumstances of Regi’s incarceration for murder. His fierce correspondence was a foundation for so much creativity that had its roots in the early days of punk rock and the voice of youthful rebellion against the massive status quo soul removal machine in this world.
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With the help of fellow editors, Erika Schleager and Kim Koch, [[A. Razor]] was able to bring Drew Blood out to Minneapolis, MN for a Your Elbow reading at Mayslacks Bar. Razor also was able to read Drew’s poem, SILENCE=DEATH(a rant), at the first unveiling of the AIDS quilt in Washington, DC on the capitol mall. Drew befriended and corresponded with Mike Gunderloy at [[Factsheet Five]], Larry-bob from Holy Titclamps Zine, Diet Popstitute of the Popstitutes, Xcene Cervenka of X, Bob Z from Bad Newz in NYC, as well as Al Slammer and Pig Havoc in the UK. He collaborated with Regi Mentle (Reginald Alsin) through the mail and phone calls and made Regi’s artwork and writing available to the world despite the severe circumstances of Regi’s incarceration for murder. His fierce correspondence was a foundation for so much creativity that had its roots in the early days of punk rock and the voice of youthful rebellion against the massive status quo soul removal machine in this world.
   
   
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He eventually topped out at over 100 titles, making him one of the most prolific small presses that ever graced the pages of [[Factsheet 5]]. His own titles were many, some even just limited run broadsheets that expressed his exacerbation with a current political trend or unrequited love or an ode to a bathroom he had cruised for money in his youth, but now for company in his decline. The work was all heavily wrought with emotion and struggle. He was a tireless champion of the forgotten and the overwhelmed in this world. His efforts were humble and lacked much ambition, other than to bring words and authors together in the moment and make some noise that would be at least some act of defiance in the face of a ruthless power game that the rest of the world played. He made as many copies of his, and a host of others, art and writings as he could until the day he died.
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He eventually topped out at over 100 titles, making him one of the most prolific small presses that ever graced the pages of [[Factsheet Five]]. His own titles were many, some even just limited run broadsheets that expressed his exacerbation with a current political trend or unrequited love or an ode to a bathroom he had cruised for money in his youth, but now for company in his decline. The work was all heavily wrought with emotion and struggle. He was a tireless champion of the forgotten and the overwhelmed in this world. His efforts were humble and lacked much ambition, other than to bring words and authors together in the moment and make some noise that would be at least some act of defiance in the face of a ruthless power game that the rest of the world played. He made as many copies of his, and a host of others, art and writings as he could until the day he died.
All of these chapbooks have been long out of print. If you have a copy or have ever seen one, it represented the work of what some might view as marginal failures who found a common community for a moment in a world that just did not seem to care. It was a statement of voices in a canon of the unknown. Shots launched across the bow of an immanent juggernaut that dwarfed the sound of a few scattered screams from a soon gentrified and cleansed landscape. We hope it gave you pause to think and shelter for a seditious thought or two.
All of these chapbooks have been long out of print. If you have a copy or have ever seen one, it represented the work of what some might view as marginal failures who found a common community for a moment in a world that just did not seem to care. It was a statement of voices in a canon of the unknown. Shots launched across the bow of an immanent juggernaut that dwarfed the sound of a few scattered screams from a soon gentrified and cleansed landscape. We hope it gave you pause to think and shelter for a seditious thought or two.

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