In the late 1980s, Stephens released an album with the short-lived band Disappointed a Few People.
In 1992, Stephens released a spoken word CD, Wining Dining and Drilling, which featured his poetry with a punk rock-influenced musical backing. The album included tracks such as "Coroner Wants a Kiss," "Loser w/ a Hard-On," "Sex is Dog," "Queer in Amerika", "I Started to Get Sick in New York" and "The AIDS Guy". He published a book of poetry, Diary of a Trademark, in 1994; the following year, he released an album of the same title, featuring his recitations of many of the pieces in the book. The title track was later included on Word Up, a compilation of spoken word poetry.
Stephens was also a regular writer for the Montreal Mirror, contributing book reviews and a 1994 cover story, "A Weary State of Grace", on living with AIDS.
He died in 1996 of AIDS-related lymphoma.
Diary of a Trademark: Poetry and Prose by Ian Stephens
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: The Muses' Company; 1 edition (September 16, 1994)
Amazon: Diary of a Trademark: Poetry and Prose
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