Although it opened as a Brooklyn discotheque in the era of Saturday Night Fever, L'Amour is best remembered for one thing: heavy metal. The club switched formats shortly after opening, and soon bands like Metallica, Anthrax and Iron Maiden were uniting headbangers from around the city. Alex Kayne worked the DJ booth during this period, and decades later, a blog post about the club got him reminiscing. He stayed up to early hours of the morning writing an epitaph that he then posted in the comments section.
"I wrote a huge memento about all the people that worked there, all my friends and all the good times we had," Kayne tells Rolling Stone. "The first person that replied was like, 'Damn, man. Why don't you write a book?' He was being sarcastic, but I was like, 'Wait a minute, I'm gonna do it, because I think the story has to be told.'"
The result, L'Amour: Rock Capital of Brooklyn, comes out December 15th and includes not just the story of the venue but over 1,000 photos from its Eighties heyday. Here, see shots of bands like Metallica, Megadeth and Iron Maiden as Kayne shares his memories of the club's unlikely shift from "Stayin' Alive" to "The Number of the Beast."