Disco Bloodbath Paperback – 15 Apr 1999
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It's a fabulous story of course. New York clubkid extraordinaire Michael Alig batters another clubkid, Angel, injects him with Drano, saws him into chunks in the bath, and throws his body into the river. But being a clubkid, Alig then brags about his latest escapade to whoever will listen. To broadsheet journalists and documentary makers, it's a dream: a chance to poke into this most insular of cultures and to prove its manifold dangers with this macabre ending.
It's a fabulous story, but not one that pours easily into a fictional mould because it lacks tension, meaning or indeed motive--beyond that most banal of motives: the craving for drugs and money to buy drugs. St James senses this problem, and tries to counter it by spinning out the story, but we've already been told the gory details in the first few pages. What he does create is the most convincing account yet of club life, with its intricate hierarchies, exquisite etiquettes and total self- absorbedness. Despite his disarming claim that this is the running commentary of a babbling drug addict, St James is a totally poised and entertaining host to his specialist subject: his book a splendid social anthropology of one of New York's little-understood tribes. --Alan Stewart
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As such, this book does much to bring amusing touches of humanity and personal insights to life; it shows how basic emotions penetrate all of us, even the Club Kids who seemed to be constantly striving to be above them.
What I found most chilling had less to do with the detailed drug-related episodes, character deteriorations and even the murder itself, and more to do with the matter-of-fact style of narration that the author, a Club Kid, uses throughout. It rarely loses its grip on the imagination, despite the early revelation of the murder, nor a sense of the bizarre unreal reality that is so accurately captured.
If the book hadn't included dates, I would have taken it to have been something out of the surreal memoires of Studio 54. An unusual must for your reading list.
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One day wandering around on the internet,I came across a movie titled "Party Monster." After watching the movie,I wanted to know more and more about Alig and the whole club kid... Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2003
This is definately the best book I have read this year. A rather fitting sum-up of 90's club culture. Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 1999