Listen free for 30 days

  • Clubland

  • By: Frank Owen
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £17.39

Buy Now for £17.39

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

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.

©2003 Frank Owen (P)2003 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC.

More from the same

What listeners say about Clubland

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    8
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fascinating

An insightful and thought provoking look into the world of Peter Gatien and Michael Alig. Required reading for any club kid enthusiast.

1 person found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anastasia
  • Anastasia
  • 23-05-03

why focus on the shadow?

This is, no doubt, a very well composed journalistic work. And it is entertaining. But I hoped it would focus on the beauty of the Clubland's musical-at-heart phenomenon. Instead, focusing on the pyramid of drug control associated with the underworld, it felt like an accurate account of a Mafia-like family feud. I wished more words were given to the vast pool of clubbers who loved Limelight for its rare artistic vision, not drugs and scandals, which are just as equally part of the government's 'family' as the clubbers' by the way.

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 31-01-22

:Love this book! Where's the Unabridged Version?

This book is the counterbalance to James St. James' Party Monster...while Party monster is a riot, after traipsing through clubland with St. James, those of us with some brain cells left crawl out of the K-hole with some questions. With the unique perspective of a Village Voice reporter on the scene in real time, Owens answers those questions with an in-depth and clear-eyed account of a fascinating chapter of New York night life. BUT...why only the abridged version of the Audiobook? The print version is a page-turner--seems it would transition fine to an unabridged audiobook.