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CLUBLAND: THE FABULOUS RISE AND MURDEROUS FALL OF CLUB CULTURE

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Clubland: The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
64442
genre:
Nonfiction

We gave it a B+

Village Voice reporter Owen begins his probe of ’90s nightclub culture inside Manhattan’s late, great Limelight by trying to score Special K, a dangerous animal tranquilizer popularized by ravers. Owen fancies himself a gonzo journalist — he spent a decade on the dance floor — but too often hews toward the sensational. (He calls clubbers ”lost souls — creatures made up of pure motorized instinct,” and questionably asserts that ”stomach pumps became the new fashion accessory” in the mid-’90s.) That said, his juicy accounts of the downfalls of club kings Chris Paciello and Peter Gatien — peppered with details of Paciello’s alleged Mafia ties and the feds’ efforts to corner Gatien — more than make up for his tabloid-ready asides.

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