Clubland: The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture 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… Clubland: The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture 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… Nonfiction
Book Review

CLUBLAND: THE FABULOUS RISE AND MURDEROUS FALL OF CLUB CULTURE (2014)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Writer: Frank Owen; Genre: Nonfiction

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.

Originally posted May 23, 2003 Published in issue #711 May 23, 2003 Order article reprints
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