During the disco drenched year of 1978, 62nd Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn was home to L'Amour, a small, unassuming discothéque thriving on a local dance crowd. “Rock Nights” on Thursdays, when started, were brushed off as a bad joke. Polyester disco bouncers sporting the original ape drape and gold chains smirk with utter contempt at the long-haired freaks and burnouts wandering in off the street. In less than a year, blindsided by scores of disgruntled heavy metal misfits desperate for somewhere to see and hear the music that made them tick, the punch line of that bad joke swelled into a quarter-century long tsunami of hell-raising hard rock, heavy metal, thrash, and hardcore mosh pit mayhem that turned a faceless disco into the most famous heavy metal mecca the world has ever seen. 

L'Amour: Rock Capital of Brooklyn

by Alex Kayne

During the disco drenched year of 1978, 62nd Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn was home to L'Amour, a small, unassuming discothéque thriving on a local dance crowd. “Rock Nights” on Thursdays, when started, were brushed off as a bad joke. Polyester disco bouncers sporting the original ape drape and gold chains smirk with utter contempt at the long-haired freaks and burnouts wandering in off the street. In less than a year, blindsided by scores of disgruntled heavy metal misfits desperate for somewhere to see and hear the music that made them tick, the punch line of that bad joke swelled into a quarter-century long tsunami of hell-raising hard rock, heavy metal, thrash, and hardcore mosh pit mayhem that turned a faceless disco into the most famous heavy metal mecca the world has ever seen. 

L'Amour: Rock Capital of Brooklyn is a large format book jammed with over 1,000 full-color photographs, ticket stubs, and memorabilia representing the rich music history of the Brooklyn venue. Hundreds of full color performance photos of the bands that hit the L'Amour stage are featured prominently in the book, as well as interviews with many of the musicians. Venue staff, club regulars, and show attendees have contributed slices of life at the club to the book. L'Amour: Rock Capital of Brooklyn tells the story in stunning images and words of the famous heavy metal venue and its important contributions to the heavy metal music scene. If you are a hard rock, hardcore, thrash metal, heavy metal fan, or just a music history buff in general, this book is a must have.

Featuring photographs by Ron Akiyama and a foreword by Jay Jay French.

Rare Bird Books
Hardcover, Fall 2017: 978-1-940207-69-8
US $39.95 | Music / Photography

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A young Alex Kayne at work.

A young Alex Kayne at work.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, DJ Alex Kayne started out as a mobile DJ spinning dance music in the mid '70s. He is considered New York City's first ever hard rock/heavy metal club DJ. Kayne came to work at the world famous heavy metal venue L'Amour in 1979, and his residency at L'Amour lasted on and off until the venue closed. He is the venue's original metal DJ and its longest resident DJ. He is widely credited as the first club DJ in New York to spin Metallica, Biohazard, Y&T, The Rods, TNT, Queensryche, Anthrax, Megadeth, Manowar, White Lion, Helix, Talas, Motorhead, Metal Church, Tygers of Pan Tang, and Slayer, among many others, breaking and expanding their notoriety on the east coast.

With a career spanning more than thirty-five years, including live performances at over sixty-five venues performing on the same bill with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Rob Halford, Anvil, Raven, Twisted Sister, Biohazard, Type O Negative, Lacuna Coil, Kiss, Ace Frehley, Exodus, Kix, Queensryche, Warrant, Bullet Boys, Overkill, Ratt, Warrior Soul, Life of Agony, Venom, Manowar, White Lion, Motorhead, and hundreds more, DJ Alex Kayne is still actively working the Eastern Seaboard club scene where he is highly regarded and respected as a legend among rock and heavy metal DJs.

Both Ron Akiyama and Jay Jay French live in New York.

 

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