In Inside Studio 54, the former owner takes you behind the scenes of the most famous nightclub in the world, through the crowd, to a place where celebrities, friends, and the beautiful people sip champagne and share lines of cocaine using rolled-up hundred-dollar bills. In the early eighties, Mark Fleischman reopened Studio 54, the world's most glamorous and notorious nightclub, after it was closed down by the State of New York. Ten thousand people showed up that night, ready to restart the party that abruptly ended after the raid in 1978 landed its former owners in jail.
Inside Studio 54 invites you to revisit the happening scenes of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, the post-Pill, pre-AIDS era of free love, consequence-free sex, and seemingly endless partying. Following Fleischman as he built connections as a hotel, restaurant, and club owner that lead him to Studio 54. Inside Studio 54 takes the reader from Brazil to the heights of debauchery in the Virgin Islands and finally to New York City. A star-studded thrill ride through decadent and drug-fueled parties at the legendary Studio 54.
|Publisher:||Rare Bird Books|
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About the Author
Entrepreneur Mark Fleischman is a graduate of The School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and former Naval Officer who established himself resuscitating troubled hotel, restaurant, and club projects. He bought Studio 54, which had been closed for nearly two years after the former owners went to Federal Prison, and reestablished it as the hottest club in New York. He and his wife Mimi currently live in Los Angeles and co-owners of four Bar Method Exercise Studios in Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Studio 54 Effect 7
Chapter 1 Behind the Velvet Rope 11
Chapter 2 The Raid on Studio 54 14
Chapter 3 Hooked on Clubs 24
Chapter 4 The Candy Store 32
Chapter 5 I'll Take Manhattan 37
Chapter 6 Reefer Madness 48
Chapter 7 Adventures in Paradise 56
Chapter 8 Studio 54 Hits the Virgin Isle Hotel 59
Chapter 9 Battle for the Liquor License 67
Chapter 10 The Lights Go On at Studio 54 75
Chapter 11 Cocaine and Quaaludes 81
Chapter 12 Bombs Away 84
Chapter 13 It's All About the Guest List 93
Chapter 14 Hook Up the Promoters 104
Chapter 15 Studio 54…a Way of Life 114
Chapter 16 A Cast of Characters 122
Chapter 17 Bono and Bowie on Elvis 130
Chapter 18 Disco to Dance Club 136
Chapter 19 Walk on the Wild Side 146
Chapter 20 Roy Cohn Brings the Feds to My Door 158
Chapter 21 Studio 54 Magazine 167
Chapter 22 Scandal Hits Studio 54 182
Chapter 23 It's Raining Men 192
Chapter 24 My Ride Gets Wilder 204
Chapter 25 The Dawn Patrol 210
Chapter 26 Return to Paradise 217
Chapter 27 Angel Dust Meets the Whippets 230
Chapter 28 The Betty Ford Effect 239
Chapter 29 My Place in the Sun 247
Chapter 30 Laurie and Hilary 252
Chapter 31 Tatou 257
Chapter 32 Tatou in La La Land 268
Chapter 33 Rodney Fires Up Tatou 276
Chapter 34 The Next Episode 282
Chapter 35 The Studio 54 Effect 287
What People are Saying About This
"This unfettered tell-all will prove nostalgic for those who manage to remember being there and engrossing for readers wishing they were."
"Once upon a time in New York City, when the city finally went to sleep, a magical place opened it's doors and invited people in to have the time of their lives. Studio 54 was a magical place that made you forget all about your troubles, trials and tribulations. It was Heaven on Earth."
Gene Simmons, Bass player for KISS
“In Inside Studio 54, the former owner takes you behind the scenes of the most famous nightclub in the world, through the crowd to a place where celebrities, friends, and the beautiful people sip champagne and share lines of cocaine using rolled up hundred dollar bills. Mark Fleischman reopened Studio 54 in 1981, after it was closed down by the State of New York. Ten thousand people showed up that night, ready to restart the party that abruptly ended after the raid in 1978, landing Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, the former owners, in jail. Mark takes you on a star studded thrill ride through the decadent and drug fueled parties at the legendary Studio 54.”
Robin Leach, Las Vegas Review Journal, former host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
"Inside Studio 54 takes you to all my favorite spots inside. I spent so much time snorting cocaine in the women's toilet's of Studio 54 … that they became known as my office."
Nile Rodgers, Legendary record producer, songwriter, and guitarist for Chic
“This is a great bathroom read … lots of good shit.”
Tom Moulton, record producer of Gloria Gaynor, Grace Jones, and many more
"As the original cowboy in Village People, I performed at Studio 54 often and when we would do YMCA, the crowd always went wild. This book truly captures the unique spirit and amazing, sensual energy that was Studio 54."
Randy Jones, original Cowboy in the Village People
"An amazing story of all the free-spirited excess of my generation, which also launched joyous Freestyle Skiing, the Olympic Reform and Title IX, thanks to Mark Fleischman believing in women like me."
"Suzy Chapstick" Chaffee, Olympian and Captain of the U.S. Olympic Ski Team
“Mark Fleischman has compelling tales to tell and doesn’t hold back. This book will introduce you to the strong characters who peopled Nightworld and looks unflinchingly at the drug culture it engendered,”
Anthony Haden-Guest, author of The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco and the Culture of the Night, as well as articles in New York, London Sunday Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and many other venues
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lot of name dropping