Released 32 years ago, the psychedelic novel is as cutting edge now as it ever was.
In 1989, when Trip City was first released with a five-track cassette EP by A Guy Called Gerald, there had been no other British novel like it. This was the down and dirty side of London nightclubs, dance music and the kind of hallucinogenic drug sub-culture that hadn’t really been explored since Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Maybe this is why Trip City is still known as “the acid house novel” and an underground literary landmark.
Over the decades, Trip City became shrouded in scandal and mystery. The original London book launch literally descended into a riot – shut down by the Metropolitan Police. Everyone from the makers of Raiders Of The Lost Ark through to the director of Candyman tried to adapt the book into a movie, but imploded in the process. And the galleys of the 25th-anniversary edition were destroyed in a fire before they could even be proofed or printed.
Trip City is now back in this all-new incendiary incarnation – including a new introduction by author Trevor Miller and a foreword by Carl Loben from DJ Magazine and the soundtrack by A Guy Called Gerald is also being released on vinyl for the first time as part of a bundle with the book.
Discover more about the reissue here
17 June 2021