Owning Studio 54 in the early 80s was all fun and games in the beginning, but just like with Steve and Ian, it came to an abrupt end for me as well. I’d been partying too hard and found myself mostly oblivious to the reality of what my day to day life had become. After two failed attempts at rehab I found myself at Rancho La Puerta, where I found my salvation, redemption and the warrior spirit to reinvent myself. It’s an incredibly special place to me, and one I continue to visit often. In fact, I’m headed there next week for Bar Method Week, which I’ve organized to share the ranch experience with our Bar Method clients.
In my latest excerpt from “The Studio 54 Effect,” I share how the party came to a close for me… and how “a new kind of party” was about to begin.
Here’s a little history on Rick and his inclusion at Studio 54 from “The Studio 54 Effect“:
This is a photograph 0f the first nightclub I opened in the mid-1960’s in mid-town Manhattan called “The Candy Store.”
This is Candy Johnson, the “Shimmy Girl” from the Beach Party Movies with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, doing her act while the band members play their instruments hanging upside down from the trapezes. It was a wild scene.
Here’s an excerpt from “The Studio 54 Effect” about my experience with opening The Candy Store:
Some of you know me, some of you don’t… so by way of introduction, I’m Mark Fleischman, a businessman and entrepeneur who once owned the infamous nightclub, Studio 54. I bought and re-opened Studio in the early 80s, after it had been raided and shut down and its previous owners – Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager – found themselves in federal prison. It was a wild time, it was a weird time, it led to some memorable and amazing experiences, and it almost led to my demise.