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The "Society of Pat Rocco Enlightened Enthusiasts" (now long defunct) was founded in January, 1969 by Dick Winters, Jim Kepner, and Chuck Robinson in honor of Pat Rocco, gay filmmaker and photographer. SPREE membership was open to both the gay and non-gay Los Angeles community, and served as a social outlet for members, an avenue for promoting Pat Rocco films, discovering new models, and, in particular, producing the most fabulous of local theatre with gays and straights, male beefcake, and drag queens as cast members.

 

Pat Rocco is most noted for his transitional gay films of the late 1960s shown at Los Angeles' famous Park Theatre. From Thomas Waugh's comprehensive book "Hard To Imagine: Gay Male Eroticism in Photography and Film from Their Beginnings to Stonewall": "But the Park's chief claims to fame were introducing the world to the major figure of this short transitional period, Pat Rocco, and inaugurating the theatrical exhibition of the 'danglie' in June 1968, one year before Stonewall...at the time, Rocco's short and sentimental danglie programs were so sensational that the premieres were covered by Variety, hyped by spotlights and limousines, and attended by the filmmaker's mother."

 

 

 

March 1971 issue of "SPREE News Pictorial" published by "The Society of Pat Rocco Enlightened Enthusiasts [SPREE]" out of Hollywood, California. A newsprint magazine containing 32 pages including front and rear covers (please note condition, below item description).

 

This issue is packed with vintage photographs (male nudes as well as shots from theatre, social, and community events), short articles, reviews, and fabulous vintage advertisements.

 

Of special note are cover models Ron Dilly and Alan Dark (prominent actors in Pat Rocco's films, with short article); news item of the 1971 "Mr. Valentine Contest" (with photo collage); article on the SPREE stage production "Charlie Brown's Valentine" (with four photos); two-page list of the "Nominees for the 2nd Annual SPREE Awards"; article on performer Salli Schori (with three photos); much more.

 

 

April, 1971 issue of "SPREE News Pictorial" (Vol. 3 #5) edited by Paul Bach and Bill Dover and published by "The Society of Pat Rocco Enlightened Enthusiasts" out of Los Angeles, California. Printed on newsprint paper, a Newsweek-sized magazine containing 32 pages including front and rear covers.

 

This cover features male nude dancer Billy Monroe from Los Angeles' "Honey Bucket" and "Vanity Box" (with a second, nude photograph and short article to the first inside page). Other features include: column "At the Niteries" (reviews of local gay bars and clubs, with photo); film review column "At the Movies" (with two photos); feature article on and interview of entertainer Lee Glaze (with three photos); review of SPREE's stage play "A Pageant Of Lust" (with nine photos); fabulous, fabulous, fabulous vintage gay advertisements, many featuring shots of male nudes.

 

 

December, 1971 issue of "SPREE News Pictorial" (Vol. 3 #13) edited by Jim Kepner and published by "The Society of Pat Rocco Enlightened Enthusiasts" out of Los Angeles, California. Printed on non-glossy paper, a Newsweek-sized magazine containing 32 pages including front and rear covers.

 

This cover features SPREE member Jimmy Hughes ("Merry Christmas from SPREE Member - and Groovy Guy - JIMMY HUGHES"); male nude photography from Pat Rocco's camera; SPREE news and events (with photos, including one of Jim Cassidy and Dakota at the G.G.R.C. Ball); film reviews; "Stage Spotlight" on the SPREE Production "He Had To Be Maid" (with five photos); article "Applause for Steve Jordan" (a bio of Troy Perry's lover, with three photos); article "Charles Pierce at Ciro's" (with four photos); fabulous vintage advertisements.

 

 

January, 1972 issue of "SPREE News Pictorial" (Vol. 4 #1) edited by Jim Kepner and published by "The Society of Pat Rocco Enlightened Enthusiasts" out of Los Angeles, California. Printed on newsprint paper, a Newsweek-sized magazine containing 16 pages including front and rear covers.

 

This cover features SPREE member Mike Martin ("SPREE Member Mike Martin Gives a Royal Welcome to 1972," in a photo by Pat Rocco). Other features include: column "At the Movies" by Bill Dover (with several photos); article "Applause for Paul Bach" by Gerald Strickland (with nine photos of Paul in various SPREE stage productions, including "Myra Breckinbitch," "Who's Afraid of 2069?" and "The Casting Couch" featuring of shot of Paul with Jim Cassidy); letter from Don Kilhefner, Executive Director of Los Angeles' Gay Community Services Center ("On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Gay Community Services Center, I want to extend to SPREE a sincere thank you for your out-pouring of love to our brothers at the Liberation Houses..."); splendid nude shot of Brian Reynolds and Jim Cassidy from the Pat Rocco film "It's a Gay World"; two-page photospread containing 18 photos from SPREE's 1971 Christmas party; article "As I See It!" by Gerald Strickland (on SPREE); fabulous vintage advertisements (a few of them featuring male nudes).

 

 

March, 1972 issue of "SPREE News Pictorial" (Vol. 4 #3) edited by Paul Bach and published by "The Society of Pat Rocco Enlightened Enthusiasts" out of Los Angeles, California. Printed on newsprint paper, a Newsweek-sized magazine containing 24 pages including front and rear covers.

 

This cover features SPREE actors Ralph Lucas, Erik Dahl, and Lou Claudio in a scene from SPREE's stage production "Love - The Way It Is" (with an interior article on the play, a full-page photograph of the entire cast, and a two-page photospread with ten photos from the production). Other features include: full-page advertisement for "A Special Showing of 'Dinah East' and 'Some Of My Best Friends Are...'" at the Encore Theatre then on Melrose Avenue at Van Ness ("For SPREE Awards Consideration"); article "Stage Spotlight" by Bill Dover (on the rock opera "Tommy," with four photos from the stage production); article on Dick Fontaine, executive producer for Zenith Films (with his portrait); full-page advertisement for the Zenith film "Happy Birthday, Davy" starring Larry Nielsen and Chuck Roy (with two photos); two-page list of SPREE Awards Nominees; column "At the Movies" by Bill Dover (with five small photos); full-page photo of Pat Rocco with camera in hand ("Thanks Lew for my LULU nomination as Best Director! Pat Rocco"); photo of "Miss Felicia" - Bill Kelsey - who was crowned Queen of Hearts at the huge drag ball at the Queen Mary; photo of Martha Raye (who appeared at the Queen of Hearts Ball); full-page announcement for the 1972 3rd Annual SPREE Awards Banquet (actor Tommy Kirk was Master of Ceremonies); fabulous vintage advertisements.

 

 

April, 1972 issue of "SPREE News Pictorial" (Vol. 4 #4) edited by Miah Kelley and published by "The Society of Pat Rocco Enlightened Enthusiasts" out of Los Angeles, California. Printed on white stock, Newsweek-sized magazine containing 24 pages including front and rear covers.

This cover features SPREE actor Mark Taylor, one of the cast of 35 to appear at the upcoming 3rd Annual SPREE Awards Show to be held Tuesday, April 11, 1972.

 

Other features include: article "Tommy Kirk: Master of Ceremonies for the SPREE Awards (with his photograph); two-page photospread of scenes from the previous year's SPREE Awards Show; photospread from the all-male stage production "As You Like It" (with four photos); full-page advertisement for "As You Like It" ("A Sensual Musical Fantasy Live On Stage," with artwork by Toby); article "The SPREE News Honors the 'Top Choice'" by Bill Dover (honoring select Los Angeles gay bars, clubs, and organizations); article and three-page photospread on the recent SPREE production "It Takes A Queen!" by Bill Dover (with 10 photos); review of "The Dirtiest Show In Town!" by Bill Dover (with two photos); one-page article on and interview of Bob Mizer of the Athletic Model Guild (with his photo); movie reviews; fabulous vintage advertisements.

 

 

February 1973 issue of "SPREE News Pictorial" A folded newsletter containing four pages, with each page measuring 8-3/4" by 11-1/8."This issue contains the following:

 

-cover male nude photo of Kelle and Steve Fleming in the SPREE stage production of "The Love Thief";

-short article on SPREE's snow-trip weekend to Mt. Baldy (with group shot of Pat Rocco and SPREE members);

-nude photo of SPREE member Erik Dahl at Mt. Baldy;

-film review of Pat Rocco's latest movie "ONE Adventure" produced by One, Inc. and W. Dorr Legg (with 1/3 page film advertisement and photo of Pat Rocco with camera);

-announcement of upcoming Fourth Annual SPREE Awards;

-review of SPREE stage production "The Love Thief" (with five male beefcake or nude photos).

Condition: Near Fine. Rare.

 

 

November 1973 issue of "SPREE News Pictorial" A folded newsletter containing four pages, with each page measuring 8-1/2" by 11.

 

-cover photo of SPREE actor Gene Cole by Pat Rocco;

-interior photospread of SPREE's October Halloween Carnival, with seven photos:

1) half-page photo of four male nude dancers;

2) Jim Kepner getting sprayed in the "Squirt the Wino" booth;

3) Dale Phillips telling fortunes;

4) group shot of contestants in the Costume Contest;

5) group shot of contestants in the Costume Contest (with one hunky male nude);

6) Vic Vance pointing blind-folded Hugh Wynn towards the "Pin The Thing" (a large male nude Pat Rocco poster with the model's penis as target);

7) John Langston in front of the "Screen Test" booth.

-half page invitation to attend a SPREE event on November 12th at Trouper's Hall ("See movies - stage shows - and many 'surprises'");

-announcements for the upcoming SPREE theatre outing and new SPREE items for sale (t-shirts, caps, and buttons);

-rear cover advertisement for the upcoming SPREE stage play "Stand By Your Beds, Boys" (with half-page photo: "A Hilarious New Gay Comedy").

 

 

Twelve issues, a complete run (January through December 1974) of "SPREE News Pictorial" published by "The Society of Pat Rocco Enlightened Enthusiasts" out of Los Angeles, California. Now issued as a newsletter, printed on white stock with each issue containing four pages.

 

Packed packed packed with mostly non-nude male photographs (the issues contain over 175 photos) of SPREE events, stage plays, and films along with pertinent commentary. Photographs include: photospread of SPREE's 1973 Annual Christmas Party; shots from the SPREE stage production "Sinderfella"; cover shot of John Helm and Bob Nelson from Pat Rocco's film "Autumn Nocturne"; photographs taken during the LAPD vice raid of Pat Rocco's home (Pat Rocco is shown being frisked and arrested); photographs at the Federal Building where 300 gay men protested Pat Rocco's arrest; shots from the SPREE drag-camp stage production of "Hooray For Hollywood"; photospread of the nominees for the upcoming 1974 SPREE Awards; photospread from the SPREE stage production "The Virgin's Revenge"; splendid cover photo of Dino Nova (who appeared in Pat Rocco films); photospread from the 1974 SPREE Awards; cover photo of Jim Cassidy (by Pat Rocco); photospread from the 1974 CSW Gay Pride Parade; photospread of a "bevy of skinny-dippers" taken at SPREE's July pool party; much, much more.

 

October, November, and December 1976 - of "SPREE News Pictorial" published by "The Society of Pat Rocco Enlightened Enthusiasts" out of Los Angeles, California. Now issued as a newsletter, printed on white stock with each issue containing four pages.

 

Packed with male non-nude photographs (the issues contain 26 photos) of SPREE events and stage plays along with pertinent commentary. Photographs include: cover shots of Larry Schramm, Ray Todd, and Peter Gallreath (SPREE gay stage and film actors, all photos by Pat Rocco); shots from the SPREE stage production of "Where Men Are Men"; shots from the SPREE stage production of "Blackout"; shots from the SPREE stage production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; much more.

February, April, May, June, and July 1978 - of "SPREE News Pictorial" published by "The Society of Pat Rocco Enlightened Enthusiasts" out of Los Angeles, California. Now issued as a newsletter, printed on white stock with each issue containing four pages.

Packed with mostly male non-nude photographs, a few are nude shots (the issues contain approximately 40 photos) of SPREE events, stage plays, and films along with pertinent commentary. Photographs include: cover and interior shot of Mike Norlan (who will represent SPREE at the 3rd Annual Mr. World-Wide Nude Contest to be held January 31, 1978); shots from the SPREE stage production of "Oz, A Gay Musical Fantasy"; two shots from the 3rd Annual Mr. World-Wide Nude Contest; full-page advertisement for SPREE's upcoming 6th Annual Gay Movies Contest; shots from the SPREE stage production "Come and Get It"; advertisement for SPREE's 9th Birthday Celebration and Hunky Guy Contest; cover photo of Derk Van Dyke, Lou Stovall, and John Romero (winners in SPREE's Hunky Guy Contest); two-page centerspread announcement for Pat Rocco's "Movies of the Parade & Carnival" and the all-gay musical "Bali Ha'i"; much more.

 

 

October 1977 issue of "SPREE News Pictorial" A folded newsletter containing four pages, with each page measuring 8-1/2" by 11".This issue contains the following:

 

-cover photograph of unidentified actor from one of Pat Rocco's early films;

-review of Pat Rocco film "Silent No More" starring Michael Kearns and Patrick Ruiz as lovers, and Estelle Milmar and Fred Stuthman as parents (with three photos: "Fred Stuthman, as Mr. Jordan, is the hardened father who finally comes to understand his son, played by Michael Kearns, after he sees the Christopher Street West Parade, listens in at the rally, and wanders through the gay Carnival grounds");

-full page ad for SPREE's upcoming film showing of "GAY U.S.A." ("A new feature-length film expressing the joys of being gay in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago & San Diego. Produced and directed by Arthur Bressan, Jr. 2 Nights Only!");

-review of the SPREE stage play "The Lovers" (with three photos).

 

 

April 1978 issue of "SPREE News Pictorial" A folded newsletter containing four pages, with each page measuring 8-1/2" by 11".

This issue contains the following:

 

-cover photograph of unidentified actors from one of Pat Rocco's early films;

-SPREE news column;

-two male nude photographs from the 3rd Annual Mr. World-Wide Nude Contest (the first shot, of Mike Norlan, 2nd Place, Richard Sheets, 1st Place, and John Romero, 3rd Place; the second shot, of SPREE contestant Mike Norlan);

-group shot photo "REMEMBER WHEN" ("SPREE members hired a special bus to take them to the Hearst Castle at San Simeon. That was back in 1972");

-full page announcement for the upcoming 6th Annual Gay Movies Contest (with five male beefcake photos);

-review of the SPREE stage play "Come and Get It" (with seven photos);

-rare insert "In Memorial - John Langston."

 

 

UPFRONT

 

Issue #8 of "UpFront: America's Newest GAY Magazine" (1973), a long-defunct gay publication edited by Robbie Llewellyn out of Pensacola, Florida. A quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 56 pages including front and rear covers. Highlights include:

 

*four-page article on Tab Hunter (with 5 photographs);

*news item "Mr. Cove Selected" (with photo of the top three finalists);

*article "Christian Words to a Homosexual";

*autobiography of editor Robbie Llewellyn (with baby photo: "Please take notice of the innocence");

*gay cartoons;

*UpFront photospread model Conrad (six shots including front cover);

*eight-page article and photospread of the "First Annual Miss UpFront Pageant" (with 26 fabulous drag queen photos);

*vintage advertisements;

*much more.

 

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ZIPPER

 

 

First issue of the very short-lived and long-forgotten "Zipper: Magazine of Art/Entertainment" - inside the publication is called "A Man's Entertainment Magazine" (January/February 1972) published by Zenith Publications out of Hollywood, California.  A high quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 64 pages including front and rear covers. 

 

Geared for the gay male community, the issue contains articles, columns, reviews, beefcake photographs, illustrations and fabulous vintage ads.  Highlights include:

 

*Zipper's "Playboy of the Month" actor and model John Henderson (in eight non-frontal-nude shots, including front cover and centerfold);

*article on, and interview of, Rick Nelson (with full-page portrait);

*article on, and interview of, B.B. King (with full-page portrait);

*review of Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange";

*non-frontal-nude four-page photospread with accompanying short article "Art vs. Pornography" with short interview of Dr. Wardell Pomeroy from the Kinsey Institute ("...Homosexuals have many organizations now" [Pomeroy said].  "To promote homosexuality?" Pomeroy was asked.  "No," he replied, "To promote understanding");

*article on, and lengthy interview of, Elton John (with four photos);

*gay gossip column "Hotline From Hollywood" by Sparkle Plenty ("What tacky closet case wants her cake but wants to eat it too?  Understand she can be bought reasonably");

*male beefcake spread of "Actor/model turned producer" Brian Reynolds (in four shots by Billy Byars);

*fabulous advertisements, many with photographs, for the Bitter End West, The End, Leather 'N Things, Ah Men, Le Salon, That Look, Dave's Club, Fotoflair, others *much more.

 

 

 

Second issue of the very short-lived and long-forgotten "Zipper: Art/Entertainment For Men" (April 1972) published by Bill R. F. Cook and Zipper Enterprises out of Hollywood, California. A high quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 80 pages including front and rear covers.

 

Containing articles, columns, reviews, beefcake photographs, illustrations and vintage ads geared for the gay male community. Highlights include:

 

*two-column review of Wakefield Poole's "Boys In The Sand";

*advice column "The Zipper Advisor" ("I was told that there is a church that will marry two males. Can you give me some details?");

*two page photospread entitled "Black/White" by Fotoflair, Inc.;

*lengthy review, with photo, of "'Tommy', the new rock opera at the Aquarius Theatre";

*Ted Neeley interviewed, with full-page photo (the 28-year old star of the rock opera, 'Tommy');

*delicious Hollywood gossip column "Hollywood Hotline" by Sparkle Plenty;

*Zipper's Playboy of the Month of male actor Chad Martin with short bio and interview (accompanied by three non-frontal nude photographs, including centerfold);

*Zipper's slightly ribald "Party Jokes" fashioned along the line of Playboy Magazine;

*Peter Townshend of The Who in a lengthy exclusive interview (with full-page photo);

*Rod Stewart in a lengthy exclusive interview (with full-page photo);

 

 

 

Third issue of the very short-lived and long-forgotten "Zipper: Art/Entertainment For Men" (May 1972) published by Bill R. F. Cook and Zipper Enterprises out of Hollywood, California. A high quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 80 pages including front and rear covers.

 

 

Containing articles, columns, reviews, beefcake photographs, illustrations and vintage ads geared for the gay male community. Highlights include:

*fabulous two-page advertisement for "The Bitter End West" in Los Angeles;

*rock star Leon Russell in a lengthy exclusive interview (with photo);

*one-page article on Marc Bolan of T Rex (with full-page photo);

*Zipper's "Roommate of the Month" aspiring actor Walter E. Christian (article and interview, with 11 photos, including non-frontal nude full-color centerfold);

*splendid full-color male art work entitled "Prometheus Bound" by artist Ray Daniels;

*three-page fashion photospread entitled "Zipper Fashion Fling" (with eight photos);

*article on, and interview of, actor Roddy McDowell, with especial focus on his current role in "Planet of the Apes" (with 14 photographs, including ten splendid shots showing the actor in the make-up room being fitted for his ape mask);

*article on Barbra Streisand entitled "Angelina Scarangela: Born in Madagascar, and Reared in Rangoon..." (with three photos);

Please note: all photographs are either non-nude or non-frontal-nude.

 

 

Fourth issue of the very short-lived and long-forgotten "Zipper: Art and Entertainment" (June-July 1972) published by Bill R. F. Cook and Zipper Enterprises out of Hollywood, California. A high quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 80 pages including front and rear covers.

 

Containing articles, columns, reviews, beefcake photographs, illustrations and vintage ads geared for the gay male community. Highlights include:

*article "San Francisco Updates Embarcadero" (with five photos);

*article on, and interview of, actor Paul Newman (with two photos);

*absolutely magnificent article on and lengthy photospread of the classic youth-oriented film "The Genesis Children" produced by Billy Byars and Lyric Films International (accompanied with nine very tasteful photographs);

*an exclusive interview via telephone with young Peter Glawson, star of "Genesis Children" entitled "Genesis Child" (with six tasteful photographs, including centerfold);

 

*splendid rear cover advertisement for the film "The Genesis Children";

*article on the International Boys Camp, conceived by Billy Byars, the slogan of which was "Understand each other's sameness; enjoy each other's uniqueness" founded in Paris in 1970 (with four photos);

*full-page advertisement for the International Boys Camp;

*review article on the stage production of "Dirtiest Show In Town" (with three tasteful photos);

*short profile on, and interview of, aspiring actor Bob Kurston (with two photos);

*one-page article on actor Jon Voight, then appearing in the recently-released film "Midnight Cowboy" (with one photo);

 

 

 

The special "Anniversary 1972" issue of the very short-lived and long-forgotten "Zipper: Art and Entertainment" (1972) published by Bill R. F. Cook and Zipper Enterprises out of Hollywood, California. A high quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 80 pages including front and rear covers.

 

 

Containing articles, columns, reviews, beefcake photographs, illustrations and vintage ads geared for the gay male community. Highlights include:

*photograph of actress Susan Hayward reading an issue of "Zipper" (at the world premiere of "The Revengers" in New Orleans);

*splendid advertisement for Nero's in Los Angeles (with male beefcake photo);

*lengthy exclusive interview of "ballsy young sardonic satirist" Troy Walker (with nine photos);

*two page photospread of the Zipper Fashion Show at Ciro's on Sunset Strip (with six photos, two of Jim Cassidy);

*article on and photospread of Zipper's Mr. Anniversary singer, performer, and nude model Monti Rock III (with six photos, including non-frontal-nude centerfold);

*splendid full-page untitled painting by Roy Mosier;

*magnificent six-page photospread of The Jean London Show at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in California ("The Longest Running Monthly Show In Armed Forces History" with 11 photos, including Randy Boone, executive producer Ace London, Yvonne De Carlo with Johnny Grant, Beau Kazor, Cal & Pudgy, Paula Bellamy, others);

*two-page male beefcake photospread entitled "The Men" (with eight photos, including George Clements, Mike Anthony, David Bowie, Bert Plamondon, Erik Kahnler, 1972 Mr. Groovy Guy runner-up John Thompson);

 

 

The special "Freedom 1973" issue of the very short-lived and long-forgotten "Zipper: Art and Entertainment" (1973) published by Bill R. F. Cook and Zipper Enterprises out of Hollywood, California. A high quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 64 pages including front and rear covers.

 

Containing articles, columns, reviews, beefcake photographs, illustrations and vintage ads geared for the gay male community. Highlights include:

*two photographs of singer Kaye Stevens, then appearing at Century Plaza's Westside Room;

*lengthy exclusive interview of legendary actress Estelle Winwood entitled "Estelle Winwood Remembers Tallullah Bankhead" (with six photographs of Estelle Winwood, and one photograph of Tallullah Bankhead);

*article and photospread of "Zipper's Roommate Mr. Special" television actor Clyde Randall Boone - Randy Boone (with 17 photos, including non-frontal-nude full-color centerfold);

*photospread entitled "The Women" (with ten shots, including Kay Dennis, Joanna Ball, Barbra Streisand, Annette Ferra, Ava Gardner, Judi Bowker, Uschi Digard, Ali MacGraw);

*male beefcake photospread entitled "The Men" (with ten shots, including Gary Warren Mascaro, David 'Shane' Mecum, Christopher Riordan, Rick Springfield, Scott Jacoby, Patrick Wayne, Lou Reed);

*lengthy article on and photospread of the 1973 Eighth Annual Awards Show of The Academy of Country & Western Music (with 30 splendid photos);

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