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Crime abounds inside and outside the clubs, and as the case against Gatien grows, so do the number of shady deals various criminals cut with authorities to save their own hides and settle old scores. While undercover agents fabricate evidence against Gatien, the entrepreneur is off on drug binges with hookers; while his Mob-connected underlings rat each other out to gain an edge over their rivals, innocent—or relatively innocent—people are killed in the crossfire.

I sincerely wanted to love this as I’ve had a quiet obsession with the Club Kid phenomenon since I saw Party Monster when I was way too young to be watching it. This author was frwnk insider in the club kids scene, but he was a journalist, not drowning in the lifestyle the way St. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.


Clubland: The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture by Frank Owen

Jan 24, Fishface rated it really liked it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He weaves together three strands of masterful reporting, focusing on Peter Gatien, the nightclub impresario who owned Limelight and the Tunnel in Manhattan; Chris Paciello, the gangster who started Miami Beach’s Liquid; and “club kid king” Michael Alig, the party promoter and Gatien employee who murdered his friend Angel Melendez.

This temporal moment in the club scene was mainly ruled by Michael Alig and his “Club Kids” who experimented with a wide range of drugs, distorted gender roles, dressed in outlandish outfits, lived by nihilistic dogma, and hosted odd and perverse theme nights at various clubs around the city. Opening chapters had colorful scenes that held my attention, court proceedings not so much. Sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.

Paperbackpages. Peter Gatien rose from a small Canadian milltown to become the most powerful club operator in America; Michael Alig, a gay misfit from the midwest, escaped to Manhattan where he won a legion of fashion-and-drug enamored followers; Lord Michael Caruso left Staten Island’s bars for the rave parties of England, returning as clubland’s leading drug dealer and techno music pioneer; and Chris Paciello began as a brutal Bensonhurst gang member, then recast himself as the glamorous prince of Miami Beach, partying with Madonna and Jennifer Lopez at the exclusive nightspots he created.

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On the self-promotional website he runs from jail, he attempts to understand what led him to kill: The mayor thought club culture promoted antisocial behaviour. Chris Paciello, a Bensonhurst gang member, and DEA agents Bob Gagne and Matt Germanowski then figure into the plot to flesh out the rest of the players and establish the key conflict. Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night. It would be well worth your time to read both. Mar 08, Alicia rated it it was ok Shelves: Also, a lot of ‘mafia’ members were too.


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Dibox rated it it was amazing Oct 27, English Choose a language for shopping. The Limelight, a former church, is where the fuzzy utopian yearnings of the ravers were desecrated under the priesthood of Alig, he suggests.

CLUBLAND: The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture

He has a distinctive writing style, recklessly mixing metaphors-one woman is “the proverbial tough cookie laced with arsenic straight from the pages of a hard-boiled novel”-and packing his chapters with noirish “wise guys” and “feds.

Not so much about drugs as it is about the thugs who sell them. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Still a very interesting and weird little piece of history.