Baron's Court, All Change

Described as the Holy Grail of Beatnik and Mod novels, Terry Taylor s only published book, unavailable for decades, documents one summer in the life of the unnamed sixteen year old narrator Leaving his home and job he dabbles with spiritualism, is seduced by an older woman and moves into dealing dope His London is sharp suits, jazz, drugs, spades , nightclubs, sex.
Baron s Court All Change Described as the Holy Grail of Beatnik and Mod novels Terry Taylor s only published book unavailable for decades documents one summer in the life of the unnamed sixteen year old narrator Leaving hi

  • Title: Baron's Court, All Change
  • Author: Terry Taylor Stewart Home
  • ISBN: 9781907869273
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Baron's Court, All Change”

    1. Stewart Home has been raving about "Baron's Court, All Change" by Terry Taylor for a long time now. Well, he's a man of great taste, and this novel is a superb snapshot of London circ. very late 1950's. The narrative is a page-turner, but what is really great is the language -especially coming the main character, who has a way with British slang unlike the futuristic Alex from "A Clockwork Orange." Our teenage hero is totally over 'normal' life, yet he's still from that world and is quite sweet. [...]

    2. Good on New London Editions for re-issuing this Angry Young Mod classic. It was pretty good, a real time capsule of a very specific era, that second just before the 60's exploded and you didn't have to pretend to like jazz anymore. It captured that disgust and mockery at suburban banality you felt at 16 really well, and had I read this when I was 16 I might've loved it, but it has dated quite a bit, was trying a bit too hard (especially the pot party) and I can't be hearing about spades and ponc [...]

    3. Terry Taylor did it all. He was the model for the unnamed narrator of Absolute Beginners, did some serious work in drugs and magic (taking up from Berber practices he picked up in Tangier), hung out with William Burroughs, listened to a lot of cool modern jazz, was the original mod before the term was even being used and wrote this book, the first British novel to mention LSD, as well as having a drug dealing narrator who wants to spend his profits the cool way, on jazz and shirts from Cecil Gee [...]

    4. As Stewart Home emphasises in his introduction, Baron’s Court, All Change is something of a lost cut classic. Precisely how it came to disappear from the face of the planet for some forty-odd years is rather difficult to explain, but disappear it did. After its initial publication in 1961 and republication four years later, this first-hand account of the hippest cats on the drug-fuelled London Jazz scene at its most swinging, which drew a readership at the time and has obvious and broad appeal [...]

    5. A book that vanished almost as soon as it was published, "Baron's Court, All Change" has become a sort of Holy Grail of Beat and Mod Lit. For anyone interested in British counterculture of the '50s and '60s, it offers an unromanticized look at the hippest jazz clubs, the ins-and-outs of selling pot, and race and class relations. More than a sharp sociological snapshot, it's also a charming page turner that charts our teenage narrator as he breaks out of suburbia and makes his way in Not Yet Swin [...]

    6. London 1961. Jazz clubs, hustling, getting on the tube, family trouble.Very cool. Recommended for hipsters of any age, anywhere. Absolutely loved it from beginning to end.

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