24 febbraio 2019

Per la gioia di vecchi archivisti e nuovi lettori torna disponibile l'intera collezione della storica fanzine canterburyana Facelift, attiva a fasi alterne per una decina d'anni tra il 1989 e il 1999. Le richieste per ottenerne le copie originali rimaste vanno indirizzate direttamente all'autore, Phil Howitt, tornato in anni recenti a scrivere attraverso un suo blog, The Canterbury scene(zine) continued, e un omonimo gruppo fondato su FB.

Facelift was a fanzine which produced 19 issues between 1989 and 1999, containing interviews, reviews, biographies and news of all the key players within what is known as the ‘Canterbury scene’. Over 10 years it produced 1000 pages and in excess of 300,000 mostly original words about the genre. Since 2016 it has taken the form of a regular blog that takes a more anecdotal path but will hopefully also pass on current information about the scene, which is still amazingly vibrant. Both fanzine and blog aim(ed) to cover bands such as Soft Machine, Caravan, Hatfield and the North and National Health as well as musicians such as Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers and Steve Hillage. Parts of the fanzine’s 19 issues have been digitised here, alongside some unpublished material intended for issue 20. You can buy box sets or individual issues of the magazine here.