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The Exchange is now available as an audiobook

“The Exchange & Other Stories,” an anthology of bondage, slavery and domination fiction from the creator of Drummer Magazine, Robert Payne, is now available on audiobook. These erotic tales are the perfect way to excite your submissive while he is bound, gagged and locked in chastity!

introduction by MetalbondNYC

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It’s also available as an eBook

Metalbond introduction to ‘The Exchange & Other Stories’ by Robert Payne

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

—Henry David Thoreau

The Exchange by Robert PayneThe stories you are about to read were written in an earlier time. In this prehistoric era there was plenty of BDSM-themed kink, but seeking it out was way more challenging than it is today. There was no such thing as a hookup app for your phone. Phones didn’t fit in your pocket back then. They were plugged in to the wall at home, and there were only two kinds: rotary dial and push button. Nobody had a blog or a social media presence.

People were concerned then with many of the same things as today, including the economy, pollution and crime. Because people tended to carry cash on them, there were more burglaries and muggings. No matter where you lived, everyone knew that Times Square was dangerous. Going downtown in any city was dangerous.

But if you were gay and happened to be excited by things like bondage and leather, venturing downtown at some point to try to find a magazine or two might be worth the risk. Growing up before the internet existed made exploring secret fetishes involving kink much more tricky. Before cable TV there were just three channels, and if you wanted to watch something different you had to get up and turn the knob. Every once in a while something listed in TV Guide would be the source of intense interest, such as a television special on Houdini. You might have grown up fascinated by the predicaments that the Caped Crusader and his sidekick found themselves trapped in at the end of almost every episode of Batman (the TV show, not the blockbuster movies of later decades). At the movies, “Cruising” with Al Pacino sure looked interesting — if it was playing in your local theater and you could scare up enough courage to go.

This was definitely before s/m had gone mainstream. And if you did not happen to live in a big city, with leather bars and clubs, your only other outlet was porn, which meant magazines.

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‘The Exchange’ by Robert Payne now available as an e-Book

Robert Payne (aka John Embry, of blessed memory) was the founder of Drummer magazine, and he was also author of many male bondage stories. Now, one of his tales — “The Exchange” — is being published as an eBook. I was asked to write an introduction, which you can see in the “look inside” preview of the eBook, which is now available on Amazon:

The Exchange by Robert Payne


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Vintage bondage porn

Does anybody remember Drummer magazine? It was hot as fuck.



Before the Internet, there was an extensive selection of scene-related publications, mainly published in the 1970s to the 1990s. These magazines included DungeonMaster, Checkmate, Metropolitan Slave, Manhood Rituals, MACH, Manifest Reader (my personal favorite!), the Zeus Inferno albums and other Zeus one-offs, most of Larry Townsend series, the Robert Payne series — and of course the crowning achievement of them all — Drummer!

And then came Bound and Gagged magazine — and my whole life changed because I knew I had to move to New York City.



Books by Jack Fritscher

Here are some more books by Jack Fritscher:

Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer


Jack Fritscher says,

“If you wish a hot link to my Drummer book from 2008, ‘Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer,’ you can find the linkage on the first page of my site. It is also available as a paperback and Kindle at Amazon. In the Kindle, all the graphics are in color. Even so, this book can be read free at my site, although without the 300 illustrations. GSFED won the National Leather Association International award for best nonfiction book 2008.”


Leather Blues


Jack Fritscher says,

“‘Leather Blues’ (1972) was partially serialized in Drummer. This novel of a young man coming out into leather luckily remains of interest to younger leatherfolk finding it in the new Kindle edition.”



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