Randy Shilts was born in 1951 in Davenport, Iowa, and grew up in Aurora, Illinois, in a religious, conservative household. Shilts majored in journalism at the University of Oregon, where he came out as a gay man. He is the author of three books, beginning with 1982's The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, a biography of the San Francisco politician who was assassinated in 1978. Shilts' second book, And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, came out in 1987 and brought the author widespread attention. The best-selling account of the genesis of the AIDS epidemic in the United States won the Stonewall Book Award and was nominated for a National Book Award. The book was translated into seven languages and was later made into an Emmy Award-winning HBO film...Show More »

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Audible Modern Vanguard Productions of Randy Shilts' Work

The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk

  • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
  • By Randy Shilts
  • Narrated By Marc Vietor
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Known as The Mayor of Castro Street even before he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Harvey Milk's personal life, public career, and final assassination reflect the dramatic emergence of the gay community as a political power in America. It is a story full of personal tragedies and political intrigues, assassinations at City Hall, massive riots in the streets, the miscarriage of justice, and the consolidation of gay power and gay hope.

Gary says: "FAN FREAKIN TASTIC!!!"

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic

  • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 35 mins)
  • By Randy Shilts
  • Narrated By Victor Bevine
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Upon its first publication 20 years ago, And The Band Played On was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigatve reporting. An international best seller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80s while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat.

sarah says: "Excellent Journalism"