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Finding Aid to the Tom Wilson Weinberg Collection, 1979-2009

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama, (c) 2014

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Creator
Weinberg, Tom Wilson
Title
Tom Wilson Weinberg collection
Collection no.
Coll2014.007
Date [inclusive]
1979-2009
Extent
0.1 linear foot., 1 folder + 8 audio items.
Language
English
Abstract
Publicity material, correspondence, audiocassettes, one compact disc and two record albums, 1979-2009, from gay musician and composer, Tom Wilson Weinberg. The collection comprises publicity and sound recordings from Weinberg's gay musical revues, All-American Boy,  Don't Mess with Mary,  Gay Name Game,  Get Used to It and  Ten Percent Revue.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Tom Wilson Weinberg Collection, Coll2014-007, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

"Tom Wilson Weinberg began singing original queer-themed songs in coffee houses and gay pride events in the late seventies. His early albums Gay Name Game (1979) and  All-American Boy (1982) were among the first in this new genre.

"His shows Ten Percent Revue (1987) and  Get Used to It! (1992) were produced off-Broadway by Laura Green and John Glines, respectively, published by Broadway Play Publishing Company, toured extensively and recorded by Aboveground Records. Weinberg's compilation  Don't Mess With Mary (1994) was the official CD of Stonewall 25.

" Sixty Years with Bruhs and Gean, commissioned by the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, debuted at Carnegie Hall and was later sung at Lincoln Center in 1995. An expanded version of the show was presented by the Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival in 2003, at The Duplex in New York and on Fire Island in 2004. Tom's  The Teachings of Chairman Rick was part of the 2005 Philly Fringe Festival.  Rick was revived in 2006,  Bruhs and Gean in 2007. In 2008 Tom and singers Keith Kaczorowski and Melissa Kolczynski began a series of cabaret performances about the relationship of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, [and] is in development in New York, with a book by Peggy Stafford and directed by Darren Katz. A recent reading and demo CD features Lea Delaria in the role of Hickok. Weinberg's song "Lesbian Seagull" was featured in the film  Beavis and Butt-head Do America (Paramount/MTV), on the soundtrack (Geffen/Universal), published by Warner Chappell and released as a single with Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Love Rollercoaster.'

"Honors include a Drama-Logue Award (Los Angeles), Golden Gull Award (Provincetown), Bessie Smith Award (Boston) and OUTmusic Heritage Award (New York). Tom was a founder of Giovanni's Room and president of The Attic Youth Center, both in Philadelphia. He is a member of ASCAP, OUTmusic and The Purple Circuit. He lives with John Whyte, his husband of 39 years."

Source:

"Biography," http://www.tomwilsonweinberg.com/Biography.html (accessed February 13, 2014).

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Scope and Contents

The collection comprises publicity material, correspondence, audiocassettes, one compact disc and two record albums, 1979-2009, from gay musician and composer, Tom Wilson Weinberg. The bulk of the collection is publicity and sound recordings from Weinberg's gay musical revues, All-American Boy,  Don't Mess with Mary,  Gay Name Game,  Get Used to It and  Ten Percent Revue.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2014
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Donated by Tom Wilson Weinberg, date unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, February 2014.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Audiocassettes

Subject(s)

  • Gay composers
  • Gay musicians
  • Musical theater

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Tom Wilson Weinberg collection 

Folder

 Publicity material and other papers 1990-2009 

1
Item

 All-American Boy 1982   1 audiocassette.

AC2544

 All-American Boy 1982   1 long-playing (LP) record.

LP0189

 Don't Mess with Mary 1994   1 compact disc.

ACD0211

 Gay Name Game 1979   1 audiocassette.

AC2545

 Gay Name Game 1979   1 long-playing (LP) record.

LP0190

 Get Used to It, a New Musical Revue 1993   1 audiocassette.

AC2546

 Ten Percent Revue 1987   1 audiocassette.

AC0900

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