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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 broadsides 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 broadsides 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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After the first P.I.L. show at the Olympic in Los Angeles in 1980, which was a monumental social event for many in the LA music and art scene at the time, Drew was inspired to start his own DIY “small press” in order to make more of the broad sides and with the intent of making a chapbook of his writing. This was the inception of [[Drew Blood Press]], Ltd. or D.B.P.L. with his obvious nod to Johnny Rotten’s (at the time, John Lydon) Public Image, Ltd. and he would borrow heavily from the Malcom McLaren/Vivienne Westwood, Situationist International inspired, cut and paste artwork that was so prevalent at the time and easy to do on the Xerox copiers that were still costly to gain access to, but nonetheless more and more available.
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After the first P.I.L. show at the Olympic in Los Angeles in 1980, which was a monumental social event for many in the LA music and art scene at the time, Drew was inspired to start his own DIY “small press” in order to make more of the broadsides and with the intent of making a chapbook of his writing. This was the inception of [[Drew Blood Press]], Ltd. or D.B.P.L. with his obvious nod to Johnny Rotten’s (at the time, John Lydon) Public Image, Ltd. and he would borrow heavily from the Malcom McLaren/Vivienne Westwood, Situationist International inspired, cut and paste artwork that was so prevalent at the time and easy to do on the Xerox copiers that were still costly to gain access to, but nonetheless more and more available.
He published his first chapbook in 1980 and made 20 copies of the 10 page booklet that he hole punched three times and tied black ribbons through the holes as a binder. This would be a hallmark of his early chapbooks. He was diagnosed HIV+ in 1983. His health affected his outlook on life as the death toll of AIDS began to mount. As the onset of his depression became more and more severe, Drew spent less and less time going out. He moved into an apartment in Riverside, CA, and obtained a job at the University of  California, Riverside in, of all places, the copy room, which made copies of syllabus for classes and manuscripts for teachers and professors. The steady income helped him get a stable residence and he began to make more chapbooks and broadsides, including other writers from his circle of friends. He began to attend spoken word events and would read his “rants” out at many of them, as well as handing out his latest work.
He published his first chapbook in 1980 and made 20 copies of the 10 page booklet that he hole punched three times and tied black ribbons through the holes as a binder. This would be a hallmark of his early chapbooks. He was diagnosed HIV+ in 1983. His health affected his outlook on life as the death toll of AIDS began to mount. As the onset of his depression became more and more severe, Drew spent less and less time going out. He moved into an apartment in Riverside, CA, and obtained a job at the University of  California, Riverside in, of all places, the copy room, which made copies of syllabus for classes and manuscripts for teachers and professors. The steady income helped him get a stable residence and he began to make more chapbooks and broadsides, including other writers from his circle of friends. He began to attend spoken word events and would read his “rants” out at many of them, as well as handing out his latest work.

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