By Frank Owen
At first, Owen came upon an unforeseen universal floor among very assorted humans: stockbrokers danced with transvestites, pacifier-sucking “club youngsters” with celebrities, thick-necked jocks with misfits. yet as cash flowed into the golf equipment, the tune darkened, the medication intensified, and the carnival spiraled uncontrolled. 4 males outlined the scene, them all outsiders, who observed in clubland the opportunity to flee their pasts and reinvent themselves by means of making their very own principles. Peter Gatien rose from a small Canadian milltown to turn into the main robust membership operator in the US; Michael Alig, a homosexual misfit from the midwest, escaped to long island the place he received a legion of fashion-and-drug enamored fans; Lord Michael Caruso left Staten Island’s bars for the rave events of britain, returning as clubland’s top drug broker and techno track pioneer; and Chris Paciello begun as a brutal Bensonhurst gang member, then recast himself because the glamorous prince of Miami seashore, partying with Madonna and Jennifer Lopez on the specific nightspots he created. every one of them had secrets and techniques that led them over the sting, and while whilst clubland fell, it left in the back of tragic human outcomes: the disenchanted, the strung out, and the useless.
A travel de strength of investigative and participatory journalism, Clubland offers a dramatic exposé of an international outfitted on phantasm, the place morality is ambiguous, id changeable, and cash the foundation of either ecstasy and evil.