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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Randy Shilts  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1951 in Davenport, Iowa

Died: 1994 in Guerneville, California

-- Randy Shilts on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Shilts was raised in Aurora.

Biographical and Professional Information

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.

Published Works

    The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, St. Martin's Griffin , 1982And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic (1980–1985) , St. Martin's Griffin , 1987Conduct Unbecoming: Gays and Lesbians in the U.S. Military, St. Martin's Griffin , 1993

Selected Titles At Your Library

The mayor of Castro Street :
ISBN: 0312560850. OCLC Number:

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.

And the band played on :
ISBN: 0312374631. OCLC Number:

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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: 0312342640. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Griffin,. New York :. 2005.


And the Band Played On

  • ALA Stonewall Award, 1988
  • Conduct Unbecoming

  • Lambda Literary Award in Gay Men's Study, 1994