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Drew Blood Press, LTD.
Drew Blood Press, LTD.
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  Drew Blood (Drew Bailey) was an underground publisher of poetry from 1980 til his death in the late 90's. 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 Mike Gunderloy 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. <br>
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  Drew Blood (Drew Bailey) was an underground publisher of poetry from 1980 til his death in the late 90's. 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 Mike Gunderloy 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.  
Drew Blood was one of many disenfranchised, demoralized youths that found a common voice in the Hollywood, CA 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 was in a relationship with Darby Crash (Jan Paul Beahm) of the Germs. He roamed around So-Cal gaining the experiences he would soon 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.<br>
Drew Blood was one of many disenfranchised, demoralized youths that found a common voice in the Hollywood, CA 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 was in a relationship with Darby Crash (Jan Paul Beahm) of the Germs. He roamed around So-Cal gaining the experiences he would soon 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.<br>

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