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Ptolemaic Terrascope

Ptolemaic Terrascope was a magazine focusing on alternative music, founded by writer Phil McMullen and published irregularly in the UK between 1989 and 2005, and now available online.

Davey Graham: A Terrascopic Interview

Interview by Phil McMullen, Ptolemaic Terrascope, 1991

THERE ARE VERY few people who can genuinely be accredited with changing the face of a certain field of music. Most of that rare breed ...

Bonzo Dog Band, Vivian Stanshall: "Vivian, You Look Awful – Where's Your Shoes?" – an interview with Vivian Stanshall

Interview by Phil McMullen, Ptolemaic Terrascope, November 1992

SOME DAYS are made in heaven, some days are made in hell and some inhabit a nowhere-land somewhere in-between. ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Mothers of Invention Don Preston and Bunk Gardner

Interview by Phil McMullen, Ptolemaic Terrascope, Winter 1992

DON PRESTON: a man whose career with Frank Zappa spanned the period 1966 to 1974 all told, with time off for good behaviour in between, ...

Guided By Voices: The Robert Pollard interview

Interview by Phil McMullen, Ptolemaic Terrascope, September 1993

PT: WHAT DRIVES you? Is there some kind of creative force inside you just bursting to write new songs all the time? ...

Jefferson Starship: Pete Sears

Retrospective and Interview by Phil McMullen, Ptolemaic Terrascope, 1995

BASS GUITARIST and keyboard player Pete Sears occupies what I believe to be a unique position amongst Terrascope interviewees to date, his career having begun ...

Silver Apples

Interview by Phil McMullen, Ptolemaic Terrascope, 1996

"You are about to have probably the most unusual musical experience of your life. The music will enter areas of your mind never before opened ...

The Olivia Tremor Control...

Profile and Interview by Phil McMullen, Ptolemaic Terrascope, January 1996

ROLL THE name around your mind a while and try to imagine what they sound like, and whatever you come up with I guarantee you'll ...

Randy California, Spirit: An Appreciation Of The Career Of Randy California, Who Died On January 2nd, 1997

Obituary by Phil McMullen, Ptolemaic Terrascope, March 1997

SO, HE'S GONE THEN. If Nick hadn't metaphorically picked me up by the scruff of the neck and encouraged me to start writing the interviews ...

Help Yourself

Retrospective and Interview by Phil McMullen, Ptolemaic Terrascope, November 1997

THE MUSIC of Help Yourself was never easily categorised. American-flavoured country-rock to begin with, albeit still somehow redolent of pastoral England, by their second and ...

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