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Randy Shilts

Born: 1951 in Davenport, Iowa
Died: 1994 in Guerneville, California

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Shilts was raised in Aurora.

Biography: Randy Shilts was a pioneering gay American journalist and author. The author of several groundbreaking bestsellers, he worked as a freelance reporter for The Advocate and San Francisco Bay Area television stations. He also worked at the San Francisco Chronicle for 13 years. His book ''And the Band Played On'', was instrumental in bringing the AIDS crisis to light.

  • '''''And the Band Played On'''''
  • -- ALA Stonewall Award, 1988 '''''Conduct Unbecoming'''''
  • -- Lambda Literary Award in Gay Men's Study, 1994

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Randy Shilts on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

And the band played on :
ISBN: 9780285640191 OCLC: 751795024

A masterpiece of investigative reporting, this book is the definitive history of the spread of AIDS throughout the USA in the 1980's. Shilts asks: how was this epidemic allowed to spread so far before it was taken seriously?

And the band played on :
ISBN: 0312374631 OCLC: 153577946

An examination of the AIDS crisis critiques the federal government for its inaction, health authorities for their greed, and scientists for their desire for prestige in the face of the AIDS pandemic, in a twentieth anniversary edition of the acclaimed exposé.

  Conduct unbecoming
ISBN: 1879371596 OCLC: 28228112

Pub. Mills, Los Angeles, CA : ℗1993.

Interviews with over 1,000 gay service people document the vast gay subculture within the armed forces of the United States.

Conduct unbecoming :
ISBN: 0312342640 OCLC: 61744952

The mayor of Castro Street :
ISBN: 0312560850 OCLC: 232982564

St. Martin's Griffin, New York : 2008.

A biography of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay city official in the nation, recounts his public and personal life, and examines the emergence of the San Francisco gay community as a social and political force.