Praise. Like a line of coke begs for another bump (or so we’ve been told), Clubland is a compulsive page-turner.” —Miami Herald “Clubland. Buy Clubland Confidential New edition by Frank Owen (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible. Clubland: The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture From the Publisher In , journalist Frank Owen began researching a story on Special K.

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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Clubland Confidential is populated by goons, finks, wasters, sociopaths, junkies, flakes and rats, constantly switching allegiances and double-crossing each other. The author had some petty biases he aimed to get across–it made the own feel a bit less professional, and some of the language felt contrived, but it was pretty interesting.

You end up feeling like an expert on the rfank – and you might just get the urge to interview your favorite NYC drag queen about her experiences with these communities in the 80’s and 90’s.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Alig’s drug-addled story is the most grotesque and chilling: Preview — Clubland Confidential by Frank Owen.

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A well researched interesting drama on drugs, drag queens, murder and crime. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. He succeeds in opening the popular Limelight club at a time when holdovers from the Andy Warhol era were dying out along with the scene that rode its coattails.

Sometimes phrases were repeated and facts reiterated; the book could have used a better editor. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.


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Published first published May 15th On the self-promotional website he runs from jail, he attempts to understand what led him to kill: It’s more than mainstream co-option of subcultural ideals, which is often disheartening enough, but here it is like the subculture is unable to handle what it offers and devours itself in the pursuit of these self-created ideals.

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.

Not Enabled Screen Reader: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Lists with This Book. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. This is in large part due to Michael Alig, a gay kid from the Midwest who came to New York to fit in with the club scene but eventually wound up running it, and Michael Caruso.

But his emotional involvement in the story means he can’t help seeing the pathos in his hard-boiled narrative, particularly when he accompanies Melendez’s brother on a search for his lost sibling, after Alig had dumped the legless body in the Hudson River.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He has a lot to work with, including real-life Pulp Fiction characters like Michael Alig, nowadays “stoned frani puffy with jail food fat,” but “the prince of perversion” when he was a party promoter in high demand. Owfn went to buy and sample the drug at the internationally notorious Limelight, a crumbling church converted into a Manhattan disco, frakn mesmerizing music, ecstatic dancers, and uninhibited sideshows attracted long lines of hopeful onlookers.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. But during years of on-the-scene investigation, Owen finds things far more troubling than Ecstasy overdoses and backroom brawls. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: I’m very interested in the life and times of Michael Alig.


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Neither were mega-hits, but the story has a solid niche audience. Having visited the three clubs in the book myself, I observed some of what was written about but never knew the real story behind the scenes.

In ClublandOwen reveals how a lethal drug ring operated in a lawless, black-lit realm of fantasy, and how, when the lights came up, their excesses left countless victims in their wake. Oewn don’t, as others here have noted, think that Owen is being sanctimonious or prudish, nor do I think that he blames these clubs for all the evil in the world.

It would be well worth your time to read both. Was it really all glamour, heroin, and flashing lights? Please try again later. Alig had turned a nightclub into a theatre of cruelty, where lives were destroyed in the pursuit of nihilist excess and where, in the author’s words, “the glitter peeled from the disco ball”.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. James had the benefit of having intimate involvement with Alig and company, Owen takes a more measured, journalistic tone. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Clubland Confidential by Frank Owen

Dry patches but the description of the more sordid bits was enough to keep me going. Fascinating read, though I could do without Owen’s moments of moralizing and self-aggrandizing.

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