Clubland: The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture
- Current Status
- In Season
- Frank Owen
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.