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The Journalist of Castro Street: The Life of Randy Shilts

Andrew E. Stoner


First-ever biography of controversial journalist and author Randy Shilts, one of the nation’s first openly gay reporters for a major daily newspaper. Known for his tenacity in reporting, he quickly became the “AIDS scribe” among American journalists. His work was not without controversy, however, with posthumous reviews of his “new journalism” techniques called into question, including the accuracy of some of his research. Review is provided of Shilts’s childhood struggles with physical abuse, his adult battles with alcohol and drug addiction, and his ultimate death from AIDS. The critical rev ... More

Keywords: Randy Shilts, And the Band Played On, AIDS, HIV, gay rights, gay liberation, LGBT, gays in the military, Conduct Unbecoming, Mayor of Castro Street, Harvey Milk, George Moscone, gay bathhouses, San Francisco, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Patient Zero, Gaetan Dugas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042485
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042485.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew E. Stoner, author
California State University, Sacramento