Book Review: Rock & Roll Books

Rob Fitzgerald

Rock & Roll Books

Clublife: Thugs, Drugs & Chaos at New York City's Premier Nightclubs

by Robert "Rob the Bouncer" Fitzgerald
Harper Entertainment, 246 pp., $13.95 (paper)

Like the lifespan of the clubs retired bouncer Rob Fitzgerald checked IDs at over the last three years, Clublife is a touch-and-go operation with no regard for the events of the past or the toll the present is taking on the parties involved. But it's definitely fun while it lasts. Fitzgerald's account of the rise and fall of the Axis Nightclub in New York City's Chelsea District never quite survives a storyboard review; you're in Hell's Kitchen one minute and Astoria Heights the next. Plus, it delves into some silly shit. Wanna know how to leave a nightclub without getting smacked in the nose? Clublife's got you covered. It also teaches readers how to step into what Fitzgerald calls the "Guido Juicehead Dance," a running skip with a tyrannosaurus rex-like fist pump and overpriced button-down. Fitzgerald never ties together all his tangents as he lays down the shock value, and his tales, while moderately action-packed (an omelet in Queens at 5am can never be boring), rarely carry any meaningful water. Clublife comes to a close with everyone a little blurry about what just happened.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Music Reviews
<i>Me & Mr. Cigar</i>
Me & Mr. Cigar
Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes debuts a deeply weird and wonderful young adult novel.

Alyssa Quiles, Feb. 21, 2020

Revenge of the She-Punks
Revenge of the She-Punks

Rachel Rascoe, Dec. 6, 2019

More by Chase Hoffberger
The Reporting Life
The Reporting Life
Oh, the places you'll go

Sept. 3, 2021

Revisiting the Railroad Killer
Revisiting the Railroad Killer
Local journo Alex Hannaford’s Dead Man Talking podcast investigates the case against a man on death row

Nov. 16, 2018



One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle