This is the first verse…


In 1989 I started up a fanzine called Facelift – it proudly trumpetted its aim to cover the ‘Canterbury scene and beyond’. Over the years myself and other like-minded writers interviewed the likes of Daevid Allen, Hugh Hopper, Steve Hillage, Dave Stewart, Phil Miller, Gilli Smyth, Jakko M Jakszyk, Tim Blake, Pip Pyle and numerous others, whilst reviewing the studio and live work of countless musicians within the ‘scene’, whatever that may be. In 1999, a bit burnt out and embarking on a new adventure in my personal life, the fanzine fizzled out. A website appeared in 2006 at

At Kozfest 2016

mainly to shift some back issues of the ‘zine. It never got updated, but still exists (and you can still buy back issues there).

In 2016, an unscheduled visit to Kozfest, a ‘psychedelic dream’ festival in which Gong and various related bands performed, rather blew my mind and set me thinking about writing again. I’d never intended to stop Facelift, really, it’s just that running a fanzine (or indeed a website) can become very much a full-time job (and I already have one of those). Maybe a blog would be the perfect way to start rambling on again about the music that I love. These are my first written thoughts 17 years on – please let me know if you want more…!

4 thoughts on “This is the first verse…”

  1. My brother Nick was a Facelift subscriber,so I got to read it for free.Well,years later I just had to have my own copies as I no longer had access to his copies.So,I obtained my own from the admirable Phil.
    It is a joy to learn that Phil plans to have a web presence,as he himself is fine writer.It is a shame that circumstances resulted in the demise of the printed magazine.


  2. I used to get Facelift. I’m pleased to have stumbled across it again, but sad that it has taken the passing of one of the greats to bring it about.


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