November 2000
Stream the showDownload the show

Michael Callen's "Legacy" CD, and right, Andy Monroe (left) and Patrick Arena surrounding their 1999 CD "Night Cap"

      

Playlist:   
Michael Callen - crazy world (from "Legacy," 1996)
Kurt Wieting - bring him to me(unreleased, 2000)
Patrick Arena & Andy Monroe - johnny angel
   (from "Night Cap," 1999, winner of a GLAMA award
    for Best Debut Album)
Steve Greenberg - big bruce
   (45 rpm, Trip Records 3000, 1969)
Ben Gay & Silly Savages - the ballad of ben gay
   (45 rpm, GNP Crescendo 479, 1974)
Bob Peck - homo the range(from "Songs That Never
   Made The Hymnal," Jubilee 18, 10" LP, 1955)
Flying Lesbians - I'm a lesbian, how about you?
   (from "Flying Lesbians," 1975, German LP)

Spotlight Artist: Madeline Davis
Madeline Davis - stonewall nation
   (first gay liberation song, originally written in 1971)
Madeline Davis - boots of leather
Madeline Davis - my mother was a lady
   (all from "Daughter of All Women," 1983)
Leah Zicari - glory glory
   (from "Wouldn't That Be Fun?" 1990)
Mark Weigle - a good day
Mark Weigle - all that matters
   (both from "All That Matters," 2000)

Read the script

     

Above, Patrick & Andy with Veronica Klaus, April 2000.
To their right, Kurt Wieting. Below, use your cursor to see both "Big Bruce" and "The Ballad of Ben Gay"

Above, Bob Peck and "Songs That Never Made the Hymnal" and at right, Leah Zicari and her 1990 cassette, "Wouldn't That Be Fun"

    

Above, Flying Lesbians LP logo, and from back of LP & group pic and track listing.
You can't get much more Out than "I'm A Lesbian, How About You?"

And, (Feb 2008) NEWS! The wonderful folks at Bear Family Records in Germany are selling a reissue CD of the Flying Lesbians album, complete with extras such as photos and articles on the disc.

Visit http://flying-lesbians.de/

Above, Mark & JD. Below, Mark for sale.

Mark's CD "All That Matters," was the top album of 2000 on the Outvoice charts, and its title song was the #3 track for the year

Artist Links:
Michael Callen
Patrick Arena & Andy Monroe
Patrick Arena
Andy Monroe
Leah Zicari
Mark Weigle

Goldenrod Music

Many of recordings heard on QMH can be purchased at Goldenrod Music. Please click on the photo to visit their site.

Spotlight Artist: Madeline Davis

 

Madeline Davis was elected the first openly lesbian delegate to a national political
convention, the Democratic Convention that nominated McGovern in 1972.

In 1993 Madeline and Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy co-authored "Boots of Leather,
Slippers of Gold," which won a Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Studies.

In 1995 Madeline was the "poster girl" for an arts/theatre center tattoo show. The photo was
chosen best color poster of the year by the Commercial Printers & Publishers Association.

Madeline Davis, 1972  Madeline, 1995

Below, her historic 45

Madeline Davis Archives Site

  Click to see some historic articles on Madeline Davis

Click for my tribute video to this song

Above, rally at the Capitol steps in Albany, 1971, with Madeline hold the "Buffalo Radical Lesbians" sign;
Below, two photos from a 1972 rally

   

 

Additional Info on Madeline Davis:

In March of 2004, I revisited Madeline as an interview subject. For the 2000 QMH show I was fairly new at doing radio and was not technically able to interview by telephone, so I interviewed her "by email," and just described her answers. I decided that her interview was just too important to not go back and, as they say, do it right. On March 19, 2004, we spoke for about 65 minutes and her answers were wonderful. She's a great story-teller and talker. From our talk I edited the material three ways, all of which you can hear now. As I frequently contribute to This Way Out, I submitted an 8-minute segment, which aired the week of 5/3/04, on their 150+ stations. And expanded version, 20 minutes, aired the next week on the Houston show I co-host, Queer Voices, and I'm also sharing with you a 39 minute version, with very little editing. It's worth hearing those extra comments.

Click to hear the segment for This Way Out (8 min)
Click to hear the Queer Voices segment (20 min)
Click to hear the mostly unedited version (39 min)

Also, a year or so ago I was able to obtain the original 45 rpm record of Madeline's "Stonewall Nation." This is slightly different than the version that appeared on her 1983 cassette, both musically and lyrically. So, I'm also posting both sides of the 45 so you can hear that historic record, the first "gay liberation" 45.

Click to hear "Stonewall Nation"
Click to hear "On the Steps of the Capitol, 1971"
and also, you can Click Here to compare the 1983 version of "Stonewall Nation"

I thank her again for giving such a terrific interview. Oh, and also a reminder that in the last few months I've added a page of magazine articles about her, most from the 70s, Click to go there.

June 2009: I love it when my site yields a very personal response from one of my visitors. It colors in the human aspect of our history and the role our music sometimes plays. Thanks to James for allowing me to share his comments.

JD

I am a native New Yorker. In 1969 I was 16y/o - worried about the Draft, worried about life after High School and aware of the fact that I was "different" from other people I knew.

I had a cream colored transistor radio that played both AM and FM which had been given to me by my parents as a birthday present. That radio went everywhere with me - I even did my homework while listening to the Top 40. I enjoyed the radio and the music - but the every half hour news segment would always bring me back to reality - more dead soldiers, more anti-war demonstrations, more people displaced...

It was, as I have said, 1969 - one day while listening to the news, I heard that "Homosexuals" had rioted the night before at The Stonewall in the Village - in my hometown, NYC. What that meant for me was that I was not alone - and at that point I began to feel optimistic in regards to the future.
By 1971 I was participating in demonstrations and marches as well as being involved in the establishment of a newly created college student club for Gay Rights!

I heard Madeline Davis sing "Stonewall Nation" at one of the early rallies. The song profoundly moved me - "we're gonna be ourselves and show it!". I bought a copy of the 45rpm at the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore located on the same street as The Stonewall. I played that single over and over again. The collective vision of a Stonewall Nation was something I wanted to see happen in my life-time! Fast forward to 2009 - we are now celebrating the 40 years Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots - the riots that made way for a Gay revolution - "the Stonewall Nation is gonna have it's liberation - wait and see, wait and see!".

At some point in my life - I misplaced the 45 - despite the fact that the song is etched in my mind and spirit - I have for many years tried to find a copy - never successful - until now.
Believe me - I'm deeply moved to hear the song again.

Thank you so much for allowing me to hear it and re-experience my personal feelings & remembrances that are triggered by the gutsy spirit of this historic song - a testimonial of our historic struggle for our civil rights and for the birth of a collective Gay and Lesbian nation.

Sincerely;
James Hanlon