May 2003

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Ron, photo by Irene Young
Romanovsky & Phillips
Special Tribute Show
Paul, photo by Irene Young

I am very honored to present extensive interviews with Ron & Paul

From 1983 to 1999 Ron Romanovsky & Paul Phillips were one of the most prolific acts of gay & lesbian music. They gave us eight recordings and over one hundred songs that chronicle gay culture with their perfect balance of wit, sensitivity, humor, charm and a political passion all their own. They've given us the soundtrack of our lives.

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photo by Edd Dundas

photo by Rink

I was very pleased to have been able to interview both Ron & Paul via telephone. They discussed their career, their music, and they each gave comments on their "emotional rollercoaster" relationship. This show will have much less actual music than usual, to make room for these rare interviews.

Playlist      

Interviews with Ron & Paul
conducted 3/31/03 & 4/2/03

Prince Charming Tango (1984, part)
One of the Enemy (1991)
Tell the Children (1983)
Give Me A Homosexual (1988, part)
Homophobia (1986)
What Kind of Self-Respecting
   Faggot Am I? (1986)
L'Air Des Rules (2002)
Une Chanson Douce (2002)
Living With AIDS (1988)
Wanted: For Sodomy (1995)
The Sodomy Song (1988)

Read the Script...

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photo by Cholena Erickson, 1987

Romanovsky & Phillips Website

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photo by Edd Dundas

photo by Rink

The musical contributions of R&P merit special sections of my website this month...click to get there...

Romanovsky & Phillips Discography...Photos & track lists of all their releases
and Much more...Click

R&P Song List....Alphabetical listing of their songs, with album & writer info...Click

These interviews were edited down from about 4 hours of conversation, and it was agonizing to decide what to cut for this show, so I offer much longer versions of each of their raw interviews...more than three times what I could use on the air. They will give you additional insight about their songs and lives.

Ron's extended interview, Part 1, 39:35 minutes
Ron's extended interview, Part 2, 33:44 minutes
Paul's extended interview, Part 1, 35:20 minutes
Paul's extended interview, Part 2, 38:55 minutes

See the Romanovsky & Phillips Press Kit from 1988...Click
and the first two articles printed about them...Click

And, the complete script for this show, including the
transcribed interview
(boy, was THAT a lot of work!)..Click

And, (just added April 2006) a R&P video!!! Click Here

 

photo by Irene Young

photo by Edd Dundas

Above, with Lynn Lavner, on their "Leather & Lace Tour"circa 1988

Photo by Irene Young

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They even made it into classified ads, in the personnels...

photo by Tracey Schramm, 1990

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Photo by Irene Young

photo by Irene Young

cartoon by Jimmy Bergeson

photo by Tracey Schramm, 1990

Photo by Leslie Ann Jones

With Teresa Trull, producer of "Trouble In Paradise" (1986) and "Hopeful Romantic" (1992)

Photo by Irene Young

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photo by Irene Young

photo by Irene Young

Above, from the "Brave Boys" CD

 

photo by Irene Young

Below, Ron & Paul with Alix Dobkin,
Cris Williamson and Tret Fure,
at the 1993 March on Washington,
photo by Richard Dworkin

photo by Richard Dworkin

 

Goldenrod Music Ladyslipper Music

The recordings of Ron & Paul can be purchased at Goldenrod Music and at Ladyslipper Music. Please click on the photos to visit their sites.

Most R&P photos on this month's site are from the Romanovsky & Phillips Songbook, used with permission

photo by Irene Young

photo by Linda Montoya

photo by Linda Montoya

photo by Linda Montoya
photo by Edd Dundas

 

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photo by Tommi Avicolli

   ...and, taken the weekend of the Outmusic Awards (June 1st, 2003, in NYC):

Paul, JD, Ron, at the OMA After Party   JD and Ron, at a restaurant cafe   Paul, JD, Ron

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