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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:
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In 1995, journalist Frank Owen began researching Special K, a new designer drug that fueled the club scene. He went to sample the drug at the internationally notorious Limelight, a decrepit church converted into a Manhattan disco, where pulse-pounding music, gender-bending dancers, and uninhibited sideshows attracted long lines of hopefuls. Clubland is Owen's six-year journey behind the velvet ropes into the clubs where any transformation was possible.

Four men divided the scene, outsiders who saw Clubland as the chance to escape their pasts and reinvent themselves. Peter Gatien rose from a Canadian milltown to become the most powerful club operator in America; Michael Alig, a gay misfit from the Midwest, won a legion of fashion-and-drug enamored followers; Lord Michael Caruso left the rave parties of England and returned as Clubland's leading drug dealer and techno music pioneer; and Chris Paciello, a brutal Bensonhurst gang member, recast himself as the prince of Miami Beach, partying with Madonna and Jennifer Lopez at his exclusive nightspots. Each had secrets that led him over the edge, and when Clubland fell, it left behind tragic human consequences. A tour de force of investigative journalism, Clubland offers a dramatic exposé of a world built on illusion. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 "

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