I-DJ (Paperback)

By Gregg Barrios, John Phillip Santos (Foreword by)

Hansen Publishing Group, LLC, 9781601823274, 72pp.

Publication Date: November 25, 2015



Gregg Barrios captures the heady times of living and loving in Los Angeles in the 1980s in his play I-DJ. The play is a coming of age story of a gay Mexican-American dance club DJ Amado Guerrero Paz (aka Warren Peace). This two-act play takes place in one evening even though the story covers the decades of the 1960s to the '80s. DJ Warren Peace sets the audience straight right away: "Tonight's ground rules are simple. Play original A&M Record vinyl releases-Nada mas." I-DJ is scored with the strategically placed music of A&M recording artists Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass (The Lonely Bull and Whipped Cream) The Carpenters (Yesterday Once More, One Fine Day, and Fun, Fun, Fun) Chris Montez (Call Me), Cat Stevens (Peace Train), Procol Harum (Conquistador) Humble Pie (I Don't Need a Doctor). DJ Warren Peace's life journey captures the turmoil of his times, the struggle for gay identity, the Chicano civil rights movement, and the AIDS crisis in a dramatic and personal way.

Praise For I-DJ

"A queering chronicle that might've been scripted by Michel Foucault, if he'd been a hustling Chicano raconteur DJ thespian channeling Shakespeare on Molly. I-DJ delivers an extraordinary musical performance! —John Phillip Santos, "Doing I-DJ"

"Gregg Barrios' I-DJ is a singular cultural mash-up. Using the indie label A&M Records, as well as Shakespeare's Hamlet, as reference points, the play chronicles the life of a gay Mexican-American DJ, who rechristens himself Warren Peace. While the music forms a soundtrack, Warren spins his narrative odyssey from the tumultuous sixties to the LA club scene of the 1980s and the beginnings of the AIDS crisis. Barrios melds Chicano, LGBT and LA history into an original, witty and deeply moving play." —Jeff Lunden, NPR