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A behind the scenes look at the meteoric rise and stunning takedown of a nightclub empire by the man who held the reins Limelight Tunnel Club USA and Palladium the cutting edge insanely successful and notoriously decadent clubs that dominated New York City’s entertainment The Club Kindle scene their influences reverberating around the world Across four decades a single mysterious figure stood behind them all Peter Gatien the leading impresario of global nightlife His The Club Kids scene and the murder that came with it has long been a fascinating topic Therefore when infamous club owner Peter Gatien s autobiography was offered via First Reads I instantly selected it The first half or so was an interesting look into Gatien s successful rise but it started to feel way too repetitive and overly self congratulatory after that point How many times can someone read about yet another successful new club launch where Gatien felt nervous yet managed to do exactly the right thing to bring in massive crowds from day one It may have really happened like that but this book makes it seem like Gatien easily succeeded at absolutely everything which doesn t feel at all realistic I also grew tired of reading about Gatien s restlessness and how he just kept having to chase the next big thing Sure that was apparently true but the point didn t need to keep being hammered home with repetitive phrases Perhaps the most egregious part of the book is the extremely scant amount of text that was spent on a Michael Alig the Club Kids and the murder that rocked New York City s nightlife I understand that Gatien wanted to focus on his side of things which made him sound like a borderline saint at times with only two notable character flaws but how can you have a book about being the Club King of New York City during the 80s and 90s without devoting some serious time to the Club Kids All these complaints aside I did mostly enjoy reading this book I just wish it had been so much Instead it felt emotionally dishonest at times and I didn t buy Gatien s protests about being a completely innocent guy who got caught up in a mess of corrupt law enforcement officials It just doesn t jibe with what anyone else from that time period has said

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S empire became a major focus of the administrationIn this frank and gritty memoir Peter Gatien charts the seismic changes in his personal and professional life and the targeted destruction of his nightclub empire From Peter’s childhood in a Canadian mill town to the freedom of the s through the excesses of the s and the ensuing crackdown in the s The Club King chronicles the birth and death of a cultural movement and the life of the man who was in control of every beat The protagonist and author Peter Gatien starts buying old clubs and renovating them into successful well known establishments He has a great work ethic his finger on the pulse of nightlife clubbing and a common sense that saves him from tragedy early on in his career In the midst of his world collapsing around him losing his first family and doing a short prison stint he learns from his mistakes and produces even greater success in the Nightclub scene around the world The fall of this world class celebrity comes at the persistence of a famous New York City prosecutor and eventual Mayor Rudy Giuliani who suspects Peter is involved in the drug world This story is a look at Gatien s humble beginnings and his catapulting fame and fortune due to his bold plunges into projects he extensively researches He has connections with those who have connections so word of mouth is his main form of advertisement The knowledge of what is cutting edge successful safe and enduring make his clubs the place everybody wants to be The big names in Hollywood Washington DC London and Paris freuent his clubs spending top dollar for top shelf bottles Many famous people owe much of their careers to Peter Gatien Another impressive uality Peter shows throughout the book is his organizational skill He is rarely caught off guard Even at the end of his trial he arranges a solution to live the best life possible between Canada and the USA with his present family I find this subject easy to relate to because it occurs during my younger days I learn from this book background information about the music scene the street scene LGBT and the introduction of sophisticated potent cosmetic drugs I do not identify with but understand the crazy characters that came out of blight and into fantasy that offers safe space for a night Peter Gatien offers this account of his contribution to that therapeutic escape all because he keeps his wits about him as those around him party

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Clubs didn’t follow the trends they created movements They nurtured vanguard music acts that brought rock house grunge hip hop industrial and techno to the beautiful ones who showed up night after night to tear the roof off every party But as Peter and his innovative team ramped up the hedonistic highs Rudolph Giuliani was leading a major shift in the city Under the guise of improving New York City’s “uality of life” the club scene was targeted and Peter Gatien’ This book was interesting and frustrating at the same time It was almost of a study of the anthropology of night clubs and what it takes for one to succeed than a memoir Gatien does not go much below surface level in describing his personal life so it is truly difficult to classify this as a memoir In fact the whole thing was surface level really It covers decades so it makes sense This is not a David McCullough deep dive which I appreciated He andor the ghostwriter has an engaging voice and it was an easy read


10 thoughts on “The Club King

  1. says:

    The Club Kids scene and the murder that came with it has long been a fascinating topic Therefore when infamous club owner Peter Gatien’s autobiography was offered via First Reads I instantly selected it The first half or so was an interesting

  2. says:

    WTF I hadn’t heard of Peter Gatien or his clubs before I thought the book was slow to start and was drawn in as he was growing his clubs I didn’t mind that he was light on the personalfamily insight the motivation and

  3. says:

    The French Canadian boy with chutzpahIt speaks to the uality of this book that I found it fascinating even though I've never been a clubber or had any interest in celebrity clubs Peter nee Pierre Gatien made a fortune from the need of humans to crowd together for security and excitement He likens it to our prehis

  4. says:

    The Club King My Rise Reign and Fall in New York Nightlife by Peter Gatien is a memoir of sorts by the owner of one of the most notorious nightclubs in New York City history the Limelight I normally don’t comment on writing style and uality early in my reviews but The Club King is exceptionally well written particularly for a freshman author without a college education Gatien exemplifies the archetype of a su

  5. says:

    This book was interesting and frustrating at the same time It was almost of a study of the anthropology of night clubs and what it takes for one

  6. says:

    An insider's story5 stars go to Gatien for his side of the story of how he brought excitement to New York at at time when the world was changing and kids were looking for the freedom of choice their parents didn't have I was a New Yorker during this time so I could totally relate to the craziness of his clubs although they weren't all my tas

  7. says:

    The protagonist and author Peter Gatien starts buying old clubs and renovating them into successful well known establishments He has

  8. says:

    I saw this book as an option for Prime First Reads so I gave it a go as something completely off my normal reading track I know nothing of nightclubs or Peter Gatien but there are some ualities about him that I could admire He seems to be a driven creative individual His business model of understanding personal limitations and finding experts to plug the gaps is sound But the rest of the story just doesn't cut it for me and Gatien

  9. says:

    I have to admit that the reason I selected this book as my First Reads was purely nostalgic coming of age in the

  10. says:

    Wow Riveting It's hardly an exaggeration to say that this guy has been through a long hellish experience He and his ghost writer have produced a well written and edited autobiography I have seldom read better written modern prose I usually go for mystery and thrillers but I found this book to be just as thrilling as well as sad a

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