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Artist
Trevor Miller
Merch
Trip City
Label
Velocity Press
Release Date
June 4, 2021

Press Release

In the summer of 1989, when Trevor Miller’s 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.

But for 2021, Trip City is back and the original soundtrack by A Guy Called Gerald is also being reissued and all five tracks will be available on vinyl for the first time. The Trip City soundtrack on vinyl is only available as a bundle with the book in a special Trip City tote bag. “I remember back in the 80s, in my hometown, Tony Wilson (of Factory Records fame) was fond of calling Shaun Ryder the WB Yeats of his day. In that vein, whether or not I like to see myself in the canon of Anthony Burgess and Clockwork Orange - with these five tracks, A Guy Called Gerald feels very much like the Ludwig Van to my Alex DeLarge.” Trevor Miller

Originally published in 1989, the book went on to sell 12,000 copies. Includes a new introduction from author Trevor Miller and a foreword by Carl Loben (DJ Magazine Editor-In-Chief). A nightclub promoter returns to town and is thrown into an insidious world of designer drugs, psychosis and murder. Filled with mind-bending hallucinogenic moments, Trip City veers into the realm of Alphaville and neo-noir of the French new wave.

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 the director of Candyman tried to adapt the book into a movie – but imploded in the process. In 2021, Trip City is back in this all-new incendiary incarnation – including a new introduction by author Trevor Miller and a foreword by Carl Loben (DJ Magazine editor). Perhaps Trip City is uniquely summed-up by the original publisher, sci-fi legend Brian Aldiss, who wrote of the novel: “In the vintage of Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions Of An Opium Eater – but smack up to date. It’s about a young man’s descent into hell – a hell that looks very much like London.”

Track List

SIDE A

  1. Trip City
  2. Valentine’s Theme
  3. At The Mambo

SIDE B

  1. FX
  2. Soho Chances

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