23 ottobre 2017

Phil Howitt - autore della storica fanzine Facelift, recentemente riapparsa sul web nelle sembianze di un blog dal titolo The Canterbury Scene(zine) continued... - ricorda i concerti e gli incontri con Phil Miller, e ne piange la scomparsa assieme ad amici e ammiratori: "Phil was a colossus within the scene – he’ll be sorely missed."

His CV almost reads like a wishlist of seminal Canterbury bands: first Delivery (with, amongst others Roy Babbington, Pip Pyle and Lol Coxhill), then Matching Mole, followed by Hatfield and the North and National Health. He later spent 30 years fronting his own band In Cahoots, itself a stomping ground for many of the scene’s key players: Elton Dean, Pip Pyle, Richard Sinclair, Hugh Hopper amongst them. He also briefly co-led Short Wave with Pyle, Hopper and Didier Malherbe and had a unique duo with equally dextrous long term collaborator Fred Baker. He was an understated giant within the scene and whilst his trademark calling card was those tortured electric solos, he was a fine rhythm guitarist and a brilliant songwriter – two of the scene’s anthemic pieces, Matching Mole’s God Song and Hatfields’ Calyx were his.