Frasier, David K. 1951-
FRASIER, David K. 1951-
Born December 17, 1951, in Evansville, IN; son of Eliegey Thurman (an industrial designer) and June (a factory worker; maiden name, Steele) Frasier; married March 16, 1985; wife's name, Mary (a children's librarian); children: Hayden Daniel. Education: Indiana State University—Evansville (now University of Southern Indiana), B.S., 1976; Indiana University—Bloomington, M.L.S., 1982. Hobbies and other interests: Reading, watching vintage films.
Office—Reference Department, Main Library, Indiana University—Bloomington, 1320 East 10th St., Bloomington, IN 47405. E-mail—[email protected].
Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IN, head of technical services, 1984-88; Indiana University—Bloomington, Bloomington, IN, reference librarian, 1988—.
Indiana University Librarians Association.
Reference User Services Association Award, American Library Association, 1997, for Murder Cases of the Twentieth Century: Biographies and Bibliographies of 280 Convicted or Accused Killers.
Russ Meyer—the Life and Films: A Biography and a Comprehensive, Illustrated, and Annotated Filmography and Bibliography, McFarland and Co. (Jefferson, NC), 1990.
Murder Cases of the Twentieth Century: Biographies and Bibliographies of 280 Convicted or Accused Killers, McFarland and Co. (Jefferson, NC), 1996.
(Editor) Russ Meyer, A Clean Breast: The Life and Loves of Russ Meyer (autobiography), three volumes, Hauck, 2000.
(Associate editor) Suicide in the Entertainment Industry: An Encyclopedia of 840 Twentieth Century Cases, McFarland and Co. (Jefferson, NC), 2002.
Contributor to library journals.
WORK IN PROGRESS:
Research on show business-related deaths, criminality in the world of sports and entertainment, and exploitation cinema.
David K. Frasier told CA: "Writing has afforded me the opportunity to meet many of the individuals whose work has exerted a profound influence on my life. A fan of 'sexploitation' film director Russ Meyer (Vixen, 1968; Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, 1970) since seeing a twin bill of his films at the Sunset Drive-in in Evansville, Indiana, in the mid-sixties, I was able in 1990 to publish the first reference book on this unique filmmaker, using research material in his Hollywood Hills home/archive. This, in turn, led to a ten-year collaboration with Meyer, during which time I edited his three-volume autobiography, A Clean Breast: The Life and Loves of Russ Meyer.
"Similarly, a teenaged fascination with filmmaker and Hollywood historian Kenneth Anger's book Hollywood Babylon led to a lifelong fascination with show business decadence. Anger contributed the preface to Suicide in the Entertainment Industry: An Encyclopedia of 840 Twentieth Century Cases."