Nick Valentine has been in more bands that he can remember, slept on more couches than he
cares to admit and starred in a film he co-wrote and got terrible reviews for … playing himself. He’s
been a film technician, trainee surveyor, paste-up artist, DJ, and once had a record deal. He was
Music and Nightlife Editor for London Alternative Magazine, spent fours years at Time Out
London and co-founded the Entertainment News press agency. He has also co-founded three
London nightclubs, including the private members club The Cuckoo Club. His biggest challenge to
date however, has been trying to recall the past 35 years of partying so as to write Clubs, Drugs
One man, 5,000 parties – if Adrian Mole and Janis Joplin had a bastard love child, his name might very well be Nick Valentine…This is the story of a regular boy next door, who, armed with a bottle of Milk Thistle and unshakeable optimism, has spent most of his adult life in fifth gear, betting on a Royal Flush while covertly holding a pair of deuces: the odyssey of a suburban bloke who has blagged, lucked and laughed his way into just about every party, club and hot-tub imaginable.
Clubs, Drugs and Canapés invites you to pull up a chair and be thoroughly entertained, as the talented and tenacious Nick Valentine gives you an access-all-areas pass behind the red velvet rope of the club and party scene. From gallery openings with Andy Warhol to private parties with Duran Duran, Valentine has been, seen and danced to it all. ‘I’m a night person,’ he says. ‘The trouble is I’m a morning and afternoon person as well.’ This account is a surprisingly touching look at the mechanics of enjoying life to the max, and then some…
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Where are you and what are you going to be doing today?
I’m at home signing off the final proofs as the book goes to the printers tomorrow.
What is your earliest memory of music?
My earliest memory is Shirley Bassey’s The Days of Wine and Roses, the melancholic soundtrack to my parents break-up. My happiest musical memory however was seeing The Clash at The Music Machine in 1978, my first ever gig and a night that changed my life forever.
What inspired you to write your book, Clubs, Drugs & Canapes?
Growing up in the best city in the world, sharing a million and one mad experiences with a million and one mad people and then having the time on my hands to put pen to paper when I moved to the States for a year in 2001 on a prolonged and unexpected holiday.
What’s your favorite hangout in London/Worldwide?
Well it has to be my new Saturday night at Baroque at the Playboy Club – VIVA LAS VALENTINE.
Worst club you ever went to?
There hasn’t been one. If there’s music, booze…
The next one.
One word to describe your life outlined in your new book?
Any news on the scene that we should know about?
An incredibly gifted singer called Vangelis Alexio. Watch this space!
What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday?
Sunday? What month is it?
What do you do to get away from everything?
What was the last thing that really made you stop and stare?
Watching a female sword swallower at my birthday party consume three 17 inch swords at the same time. It made her rather stare too.