Well known Drummer Magazine first appeared in 1975. In its original format it was primarily a magazine for -very good- leather stories but later it became more of a photo magazine. Drummer has long been the leading magazine for mostly American Leathermen.
It was in 1986 that Tony deBlase and his partner Dr. Andrew Charles moved from Chicago, IL to San Francisco, CA and purchased the Drummer family of magazines from Alternate Publishing. The previously ailing titles, Drummer included, thrived under Deblase's passionate direction, reaching their peak in power and influence by the time they were sold in 1992. And, in 1988, as publisher of Drummer and owner of the Mr. Drummer contest, DeBlase moved the contest from Gay Pride in June to late September to coincide with the Folsom Street Fair, creating "San Francisco Leather Pride Weekend," a six day calendar of leather and SM events, many of which depended on DeBlase for their success in some way.
In 1992 it was taken over by a Dutch company but Drummer ceased to exist as a magazine in September 1999.
A Personal Note from Robin
Over two hundred issues of Drummer were published. This is the index of articles from Volume 11 shown at right.
- Malecall/ Dear Sir
- Interview: Chuck Stiehr: Drummer talks with a uniform fetishist.
- Famous Sadists in History: Roger Wybot, former Parisian Police Chief, was a Master of police brutality.
- The Hair Killer: Hairy Cock and balls? See Dwight Letchworth's solution, written and photographed by Bob Opel.
- The Great "S&M Murder" Mystery?!: "Unwilling Martyrs," life and death in the Los Angeles Gay Community...by John Rowberry and Rue Dyllon.
- Drummer Goes to the Leather Sabbat: Celebrating the Southern California Hawks' social event of the season.
- Sea Fever: Kurt Kreisler's first piece of fiction in over a year.
- The Leather Fraternity: Leathermen for your leather lifestyle.
- The Leather Fraternity '77 Calendar: Hunky numbers for every month make this a very good year.
- Movie Mayhem: Allen Eagles' "Maritime Tortures" treats us to seasicknes, cinema style.
- Drummer View the Flicks
- Drumbeats: The lighter side of S&M.
- Drum: An original, just-for-DRUMMER comic strip by Britain's Bill Ward.
- Leatherjournal: Bernie Prock and Toby Bailey urge caution with restraint.
- Astrologic: Astrology for sadomasochists.
- Capricorn: The sign of the goat, executed by one of America's most famous artists.
- Book Report
- With the Bike Clubs: M.C. activity down south
- New York's Eagle: One of the all-time great leather bars
- The Leather Bar Scene: Where Leathermen meet to beat.
- Erotic Dots: This puzzler is a mutual effort.
- In Passing