Get Lit: Mark Fleischman, Inside Studio 54

Get Lit: Mark Fleischman, Inside Studio 54

V speaks to the former owner of legendary nightclub Studio 54 about his tell-all memoir and the books that have inspired him.

V speaks to the former owner of legendary nightclub Studio 54 about his tell-all memoir and the books that have inspired him.

Text: Christina Cacouris

In Get Lit, we sit down with authors and creatives to hear about their favorite books du jour. Today we speak with Mark Fleischman, the former owner of one of the most legendary nightclubs in the world: Studio 54. His book Inside Studio 54 chronicles the notoriously decadent, glamorous, and wild parties that took place during the 80's. Read on to hear about the books that have influenced him, and what he's reading these days: if you want a melange of politics, thrillers, and tell-all memoirs, these five books will quench your thirst.

Devil’s Bargain by Joshua Green

I really enjoyed this book on several levels. First, it accurately depicts Trump’s election in 2016 and how and why it happened. It gives Steve Bannon and Brietbart News most of the credit and some of the facts that I did not know were very enlightening. It also flashed back to Donald and his mentor, Roy Cohn, who I was so deeply involved with during my years trying to buy and ultimately owning Studio 54.

The President’s Club by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

Being a political junkie, I really enjoyed the inside story of how the Presidents related to one another during and after their terms of office. It was extremely interesting to read the history of the eras from 1945 through 2016 through the eyes of each president. What was particularly interesting was how President Harry Truman reached out to Herbert Hoover, considered to be a pariah responsible for the Depression, to undertake the relief effort in Europe, which had collapsed after World War II.

The Wolf Of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

This book was a fun read as the over the top drug abuse reminded me of how crazy I was when I owned Studio 54. This true story was a real page turner.

Sycamore Row by John Grisham

I read almost all of John Grisham’s books and like most of them. However, this particular one described the plight of African Americans in rural Mississippi in a way that really touched me because it was not his usual courtroom drama. To me, Grisham is the world’s best storyteller.

The Last Party by Anthony Hayden-Guest

This was a colorful history of Disco/Clubs in NYC featuring Studio 54 and all clubs leading up to it. A fabulous tell-all read.

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