“Baron’s Court, All Change” by Terry Taylor reissued at last!

If you’ve checked out the main part of this site you will probably already know that I consider Baron’s Court, All Change by Terry Taylor to be one of the greatest drugs and youth culture novels of all time. Therefore I’m very proud to have written the introduction to a fiftieth anniversary reissue of the book. For my old take on the importance of this novel in relation to the emergence of mod and the counterculture see the piece I posted on 14 February 2007. My introduction to the new edition starts like this:

“Many novels are forgotten and more or less disappear from circulation. The majority of books to suffer this fate more than deserve it. A handful of them are classics and eventually find their way to wide circulation. One of the most famous examples of this is Les Chants de Maldoror by Comte de Lautréamont, which made little impact upon publication but became a canonical example of modernist literature after being rediscovered and championed by the surrealists. Baron’s Court, All Change by Terry Taylor is a very different type of lost classic. It created a bigger splash upon publication than Maldoror, but by the late-sixties had faded from view and most people’s memories. It provides an accurate account of the drug subculture in London at the end of the fifties. The realism and hep talk of Baron’s Court shocked many readers when it first appeared in 1961, but would have raised far fewer eyebrows in the aftermath of the summer of love. That said, it is only more recently that it has become possible to appreciate its historical significance…”

Since if you’ve any sense at all you’ll want to read Baron’s Court, there’s absolutely no point in my reproducing the whole of my introduction here! You can read it all in the reissue and you’re unlikely to lay your mits on anything else – because the original sixties hardback and paperback editions have been near impossible to get for years. The reissue is available to UK residents for £8.00 by cheque from the publisher: Ross Bradshaw, Five Leaves Publications, PO Box 8786, Nottingham, NG1 9AW: or for £9.99 by credit card at  http://tinyurl.com/taylor-barons. It will soon also be in bookshops and on Amazon. If you want to order from outside the UK, you may do best to use www.bookdepository.co.uk – since they don’t charge postage. Baron’s Court, All Change was republished on 11 November 2011. It’s a stone-to-the-bone mod classic!

And while you’re at it don’t forget to check – www.stewarthomesociety.org – you know it makes (no) sense!

About mistertrippy

Stewart Home was born in south London in 1962. His mother Julia Callan-Thompson was a showgirl and club hostess. He has never held down a regular job for more than a few months at a time. On those rare occasions when he's been forced to work, Home has taken employment as a factory labourer, agricultural labourer, shop assistant, office clerk and art class model. Deciding he didn't like working in factories as a teenager, Home pursued cultural and political interests, writing many books and participating in even more gallery exhibitions.
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22 thoughts on ““Baron’s Court, All Change” by Terry Taylor reissued at last!

  1. Stoner says:

    I thought Terry Taylor was an American wrestler until I discovered “happy pills’!

  2. Wilfred says:

    Great news. First Roland Camberton and now this. Never thought I’d be able to read it.

  3. Amy says:

    Amazon doesn’t have it in but I received my copy from The Book Depository yesterday.

  4. Ann says:

    Great intro and loved the Wanker synonyms too!

  5. Pete Doherty says:

    LSD may be psychedelic but crack (smokes) rocks!

  6. Leonore Stegemann says:

    Are you on drugs?

  7. Fiona Franklin says:

    Terry Taylor is to the counterculture what Jacques Vaché was to surrealism!

  8. Peter The Painter says:

    Terry Taylor is so hip that cool just ain’t a good enough word to describe him…

  9. Jimmy Mack says:

    Amazon might not have the new edition but the reprint seems to have flushed out old copies as there are two for sale on Amazon marketplace right now – if you got money to burn!

  10. Alex Trocchi says:

    Without the inspirational example of Terry Taylor, there would have been no Project Sigma!

  11. Psychedelic Syd says:

    This book is a good way of getting back to the roots!

  12. Astro Boy says:

    You should have reposted the piece you link to here!

  13. Jeff Bezos says:

    No Baron’s Court All Change, no comment!

  14. Penis Envy says:

    I’m about to cum!

  15. Dr Freudenstein says:

    Although I prefer cocaine for the high, I’d always recommend a healthy dose of LSD as a cure of orgasm problems and sexual repression. I haven’t read Taylor’s book yet but I trust he does the same there.

  16. Martin Haines says:

    Is there an e-Book version?

  17. mistertrippy says:

    As far as I know there isn’t an e-book – you’d probably do best to contact the publisher Five Leaves to see if there is any plan for one.

  18. Roger Waters says:

    Far out dude!

  19. Ian Marchant says:

    The first & best example of a psychogeographical novel set in London!

  20. Nick Hornby says:

    Barons Court has a lot going for it as a tube station – for a start you can change between the District and the Piccadily lines there. I think there’s a real strength just in the title of this book in referencing this.

  21. Michael Roth says:

    A copy should be making it’s way to me as we speak. Sounds interesting.

  22. mistertrippy says:

    It’s a stone to the bone drug and youth culture classic!