“The club isn’t the best place to find a lover” says a number one hit of nowadays and I totally disagree: club is a place where you can find all of the human feelings.
There’s rage, because of some feud with a nightlife enemy; there’s happiness, maybe because of alchool but sometimes even for dancing. There’s the pure fear of being refused by someone you’re in love with.
And then, there’s love: the pure love that can flow between two bodies dancing, between two mouths kissing. Between two soul and a song.
Here, for you, my selection of the best books about the magic world of nightlife and clubs.
Christiane F- – Christiane F.
I’ll start with a memoir, a particular memoir: who doesn’t know Christiane F? She was the queen of the rebel teenagers of the Eighties and had a life that none of us can envy. First, she ran away from home for being a prostitute. Then, she met the love of her life that was an hooker too. Last, she began the most famous heroin addict that survived a drug addiction in late Eighties. But in this poutpurri she discovered the (at time new) world of clubbing in a Germany that was preparing itself to be the center of the world of raving: David Bowie, a lot of techno and electronic and the first parties to attempt where ecstasy and LSD were the food to eat. What is shocking? It is all true.
Party Monster – James St. James
Who didn’t see the movie of “Party monster”? Maculay Culkin in his best role represented the scene of the clubbing in the Nineties, but in its real way. A darker way, lot darker: this i salso a crime story about a murder, but with blood covered in glitter and party favors. The scene of clubs and nightlife is shown to us in every minimum details, as the gripping (true) tale of the author develops page to page. For those people that wants to know as clubbing really was at the time.
Destroy – Isabella Santacroce
Sometimes italian authors can be really smart and talented: Isabella Santacroce is one of them. Even if the book develops in London, the author and the main character are both italian girls: Misty is a young hooker that lives for dub music and drugs. This is a series of instants, not a real novel: there are love, fear, lot of ecstasy and nichilism. Also, in every page she is in a party, in a club or somewhere in the London night where she can be herself and lost her control. Read it with some Sven Vath in background.
The Bling Ring – Nancy Jo Sales
Based on the so acclaimed true story (that generates two reality shows in America) and linked to the so-not-understood movie from Sofia Coppola, this book is more of a journalistic report of the events of the Bling Ring gang that stole from Hollywood stars’ houses. Why is in this list? Because they said that all that they’ve done is for wore better clothes and accesories at clubs: there are lot of clubs of Los Angeles named in this book and also a lot of references to the nightlife in America (remember the scene with Emma Watson and “212” in the movie?). Clubbing, for them, is the only reason to live, they wanted to be famous and so they acted in that way. For glam people that can’t renounce to a true story with bunch of clubs.
The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
Before clubs, there were parties in some bars: parties are the base of this so underrated book from Hemingway. The characters are so well written that began alive while reading, the Paris described – decadent, full of nightlife and alchool – is so realistic that can smell the perfume of grass from all around the pages. Before clubbing, so, there was Hemingway with the bars in Paris, the dance halls with jazz music and the athmosphere of something that was changed – like the love between Jake and Lady Ashley – and lot of alchool. Read it, as an order. Even if you’re no tinto decadent stories, nichilism or parties.
Glamorama – Brett Easton Ellis
When talking of lost generations, who better than the author of Less than zero? In this masterpiec, Ellis explores the phenomenon of fashion cutting it in a million pieces and destroying one by one. Especially, he wrote about the parties of fashion weeks, lot of cocaine, raves and clubs, best places for models and generation of the Nineties. The nightlife is perfectly described with the reality of those years. And, it’s Ellis, what else I have to say?
Clubland – Frank Owen
Sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. Few things epitomized these cliched ideals like the mid-90s club culture. Especially Peter Gatien’s Limelight and Tunnel nightclubs in New York City. They were a place for people to be whoever they wanted to be and anyone they never thought they ever could be, meet new people who will never judge them, and just have fun. Beginning with an investigation into the drug Special K, Owen moves through the subculture to offer a broader context of the 1990s New York nightlife scene, with corruption and criminality evident at all levels of management of the clubs and entertainment.
I’ll never write my memoirs – Grace Jones
Grace Jones was the queen of art, fashion ad music scene in the late Seventies and Eighties: everyone wanted her to attend at their parties and clubs: she was the icon of those years.
In this biography, she talked about anytihing: her love affairs, her work, her traditions and origins and, especially, the clubbing phenomenon that she contributed to develop in that years. If you wanna read about the most precious descriptions of clubbing, take this book and devour it.