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Disco Bloodbath Paperback – 15 Apr 1999

4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (15 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340739533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340739532
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 894,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I bought this book years ago after watching a documentary on C4 about the club kids murder. What an exciting book! It takes you to another world. James St James is a genius! reading this book made me feel alive and so involved in every happening. What they got up to is amazing. Some of it was sad but most was glitter sprinkled lunacy!. And no matter what Michael did you totally have a soft spot for him. I recommend this book to anyone who likes fun witty stories.
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Adored it. Fabulously worded, actually quite learned and articulate. James St James is just hilarious. I read it in several hours over the course of two evenings. It was fabulous and I have post disco bloodbath blues.
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The vivid memory of a sharply observed late night TV documentary made this book more than just an interesting oddity to me. Rather than just tell the story, it excelled in showing how the Club Kids, their 'antics', and the murder itself defied disbelief and reality as most of us know it - a unknown world within a real everyday one.
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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By A Customer on 26 Aug. 2003
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Michael Alig - someone you are both fascinated by and petrified of. James St James experienced the 'club kid' culture first hand and tranfers it onto paper beautifully. Someone who has never dabbled in destructive drugs may find the constant references tiring, but I feel there is a balance between the drug storyline and the whole intriguing world of the club kids, from Matt Lipstick to Peter Peter Boyfriend Stealer. I find the most amazingly weird part is, although you are told explicitly that Alig murdered Angel Melendez, somehow the magnitude and terrifying nature of the act diminish because it was done by Michael Alig. You can somehow understand why no one believed him at the time...
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