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After the first P.I.L. show at the Olympic in Los Angeles in 1980, which was a monumental show 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 hard to get access to, but nonetheless more and more available.<br>
After the first P.I.L. show at the Olympic in Los Angeles in 1980, which was a monumental show 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 hard to get access to, but nonetheless more and more available.<br>
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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 and obtained a job at the University of 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.<br>
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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 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.<br>
At a reading in Silver Lake in 1982 he had heard [[A. Razor]] and became interested in publishing his writing. They lost contact until [[Kym Landry]], a writer that Drew had just recently published a chapbook for at that time, reintroduced them in 1984 and the first chapbook collaboration, ''Spare Blades'', was released soon afterward. Drew published 10 more titles of A. Razor's work, as well as many other writers, in the coming years and up until his death and served as an editor for A. Razor, transcribing writing from incarceration and setting up readings through his extensive correspondence with other underground publishers.<br>
At a reading in Silver Lake in 1982 he had heard [[A. Razor]] and became interested in publishing his writing. They lost contact until [[Kym Landry]], a writer that Drew had just recently published a chapbook for at that time, reintroduced them in 1984 and the first chapbook collaboration, ''Spare Blades'', was released soon afterward. Drew published 10 more titles of A. Razor's work, as well as many other writers, in the coming years and up until his death and served as an editor for A. Razor, transcribing writing from incarceration and setting up readings through his extensive correspondence with other underground publishers.<br>

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