Trip City


In the summer of 1989, when Trip City was first released with a soundtrack 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.

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 (DJ Magazine) and a reissue of the soundtrack by A Guy Called Gerald featuring all five tracks on vinyl for the first time.

Trip City is available as a paperback and vinyl (please note postage is charged separately). Trip City is also available as an ebook which will be delivered in two formats: epub and pdf. There is no postage charge for the ebook on its own but there is if you select the ebook and vinyl bundle.

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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 by Trevor Miller veers into the realm of Alphaville and neo-noir of the French new wave.

Since it was published in 1989, 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.

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.”

The soundtrack by A Guy Called Gerald will feature all five tracks on vinyl for the first time:

A1. Trip City
A2. Valentine’s Theme
A3. At The Mambo
B1. FX
B2. Soho Chances

Trevor Miller: “It’s hard to imagine that over 30 years have passed since I began this story on a manual typewriter in a squat near WC1. Still, the real revelation is how relevant Trip City still feels for me, today. And what a thrill to be teaming with AGCG yet again, for 2021. Of course, the cultural landscape has evolved, but those infectious beats of my youth remain rousing and truly a redemption song.”

A Guy Called Gerald: “When Trevor first gave me his manuscript for Trip City, I was excited by the experimental concept of writing music for a novel with the birth of British acid house as its backdrop. I wanted to create musical paintings which would evoke the story’s atmosphere and illustrate its visions of a dark, seedy club scene and the characters lurking there. This reissue affords a rare snapshot of an evolving music scene and celebrates the history of electronic dance music over the past 30 years.”


“A work of much underground intellect. The first of its kind.” The Guardian

“An On The Road for the post warehouse-party generation…” The Evening Standard

“Sharp and lacerating – like a broken bottle…” The Sunday Times Magazine

“Punchy. Explosive. It reads like a machine gun…” Melody Maker

“Trip City goes where even our beloved tabloids fear to tread, plunging deep into the horrific excesses of big city party life.” Record Mirror

Additional information

Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 23 × 3 × 17 cm

Paperback, eBook, Vinyl


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