the canterbury scene and beyond
facelift magazine
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Facelift magazine was a small independent UK music fanzine which ran between 1989 and 1999. It aimed to cover 'The Canterbury Scene and beyond...'

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.

why has this website appeared in 2006?

Well, mainly it's as a courtesy to past subscribers, many of whom paid up and beyond the nineteen issues which appeared mainly in the 1990s. I do still have a database of past subscribers and can refund any oustanding subscriptions in back issues if nothing else. See the Subscribers section.

Secondly, I have an attic full of boxes of back issues which I'd like to clear. 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.

Thirdly, I still have a wealth of material which was meant to be published in a final Facelift issue which never appeared. Most of it is self-referential (if not reverential) stuff which was intended to celebrate 10 years and 20 issues of the magazine, which in the end reached neither milestone. See Issue 20.

I should say that I don't intend this to be a 'live' site - I might find one or two other old things to put on it from my own archives, but for recent news I thoroughly recommend websites such as GAS or Calyx. For a full list of links please see the Links section.

Phil Howitt, January 2006