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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (195 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Owen Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2003 ISBN: 9781593973049
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A fearless journalist's brilliant unveiling of a world of drugs,dancing, money, madness--and murder after midnight

Clubland is the sensational story of the rise and fall of a decadent nocturnal empire that stretched over several American cities and spawned its own subculture of celebrities and wannabes. Journalist Frank Owen spent nearly a decade inside the nightclubs of the 1990s--an era when disco gave way to more unsettling dance music, cocaine was supplanted by Ecstasy and heroin, "club kids" mingled with bully boys, transvestites danced with stockbrokers, and celebrities came to watch the scene. Clubland's characters include:
• the Mafia punk turned elegant Gatsby, who, before he was arrested for murder, partied with the cream of celebrities and Miami Beach society
• the charismatic party promoter who created his own youth movement of thumb-sucking, diaper-wearing "club kids," then dismembered one of his followers
• the drug dealer and dance-music pioneer who became a government snitch to avoid jail time
• the enigmatic one-eyed czar in the shadows, who ruled Manhattan's clubland with an iron hand.

A fascinating account of a secretive society, Clubland is outrageous, funny, intelligent, suspenseful, and honest--the striking debut book of a talented writer.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 7/29/2013

    " Great look at the major players in an era that produced the most unlistenable music of all time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 6/2/2012

    " A nice look into Michael Alig's club kids, though far less sensational than James St. James. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lexie | 5/23/2012

    " Overall, I liked it. The author had some petty biases he aimed to get across--it made the story feel a bit less professional, and some of the language felt contrived, but it was pretty interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/24/2012

    " This was pretty good. Found out some things I didn't know about the whole ecstasy movement but it got a little drawn out towards the end with the court proceedings and a little confusing as to who's side who was on "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/6/2011

    " great book that really gets into the details of how nyc stunts are really are pulled off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 7/10/2011

    " Excellent read on the Club Kids and the death of Disco which led to the "rave" generation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Closetcase | 5/12/2011

    " who knew it was all so shady and connected.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Treanor | 12/13/2010

    " This is a page turner. Not what I expected at all (oh, those goofy clubland kids, so cute), but more like a true crime novel about the drugs and violence behind the hood-infested club scene. An easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lexie | 10/2/2010

    " Overall, I liked it. The author had some petty biases he aimed to get across--it made the story feel a bit less professional, and some of the language felt contrived, but it was pretty interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 6/20/2010

    " A nice look into Michael Alig's club kids, though far less sensational than James St. James. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 4/20/2010

    " Great look at the major players in an era that produced the most unlistenable music of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/8/2010

    " great book that really gets into the details of how nyc stunts are really are pulled off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 4/3/2008

    " Excellent read on the Club Kids and the death of Disco which led to the "rave" generation. "

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About the Author

Frank Owen has been a journalist for fifteen years, writing for Playboy,The New YorkTimes, The Village Voice, Newsday, The Washington Post, Spin, Details, and Vibe, among other publications. His critically acclaimed book Clubland: The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture, was published in 2003 by St. Martin’s Press. He lives in New York.

About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle, award-winning narrator, was born of Irish parents and raised and educated in England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator, he has been awarded dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards, was named a Best Voice in Young Adult Fiction in 2008, and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2006 for The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty.