Saturday, 21 April 2007

"If you trust me. This can be the number one club in the world"

Carmen D'Alessio said the above in an attempt to persuade Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell to back her and Uva Harden's dream of opening the now legendary Studio 54 in NYC. Margaux Hemingway, Brooke Shields, Bianca Jagger, Cher, Dians Ross, Liza Minelli, Grace Jones: the names read like a who's who of seventies disco bunnies all going wild in the coke-fuelled fun palace. Sweet and unsavoury stories abound in this great BBC Radio 2 documentary Behind the Velvet Rope: Studio 54 Uncovered narrated by Boy George. Although there is a fantastic legacy left by the club, the whole door policy; ie, the 'face fits' casting was the most unwelcome. At the time, I was 6 years old, lived in Newcastle upon Tyne and STILL they wouldn't let me in. Tsk.

There are loads of other documentaries available to play while you're jumping 'round the worldwide web. Go here. From Monday, after it airs tonight, that link should also take you to the archived Morrisey doc, The Salford Lad by Stuart Maconie.

And if you want even more these BBC Radio 1 documentaries are well worth a perusal and a listen.

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