Facelift magazine was a small independent UK music fanzine which ran between 1989 and 1999. It aimed to cover 'The Canterbury Scene and beyond...'
what did it cover?
Exactly what the Canterbury Scene constitutes, is an argument for another website. The "beyond" byline meant that the scope of the fanzine was in fact much wider than the editor, its contributors or its readers first envisaged, but the magazine aimed to cover bands such as Caravan, Soft Machine, Gong, Hatfield and the North, National Health and musicians such as Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, Steve Hillage amongst many many others.
what about now?
Whis website first appeared in 2006 and stayed exactly the same for 10 years! Now finally, I'm starting to update it by slowly digitising articles which appeared in the magazine. You'll find links to these articles within the Back Issues sections. Eventually we hope to publish online everything that was contained within its pages..
are the magazines still around?
II've got a couple of boxes of back issues which are slowly disappearing, including some of every issue. Since Canterbury music fans are generally fanatics, there's a good chance there are readers out there, new and old, who might want to fill their bookshelves up and empty mine a little. Please see the Back Issues section for details of what's in each issue and Buy sections to find out how to purchase.
what about issue 20?
In 2005 I still had a wealth of material which was meant to be published in a final Facelift issue which never appeared. Most of it is stuff which was intended to celebrate 10 years and 20 issues of the magazine, which in the end reached neither milestone. See Issue 20.
and the blog?
IIn 2016 I finally shook off the cobwebs and started writing again - that's my blog you'll see here. It is a bit sporadic, but I hope you enjoy it enough to follow it.