Let's Talk Phish!
The goal of this Kickstarter campaign—with limited-edition, signed books as rewards—is to help fund a book tour to meet fellow Phish fans and explore together the vast world of Phish, including the 100 Things in my book. And the 1,000 Things that are not in my book!
No one inspires me more than Phish fans. They are the kindest, smartest, most compassionate and engaged fans on the planet. Truly!
And I'm very excited to host as many events across the country as possible.
Hope to see you this summer! Let's talk Phish!
I'm the author of two books about the Phish experience:
- The Last American Gypsy: Chronicles of Phish Tour 2004
100 Things Phish Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die
Both books are available here as rewards to help with a summer book tour to support 100 Things Phish.
The Last American Gypsy is a self-published book about my merry misadventures of Phish Tour 2004, concluding with Coventry. It's a silly romp across the country from Shakedown Street to Shakedown Street.
100 Things Phish, published by Triumph Books, is a book I co-authored with Jason Gershuny. It's a brand new book, out June 1st. Each of the 100 things, each chapter, focuses on a show, a tour, an album, an experience, a happening... some are subjective, some are historical, and some are just strange. Beginning in 1983 with Phish's formation in Vermont and covering the most memorable shows, biggest personalities, and must-do activities surrounding the Phish experience in the decades since, we aimed to offer a thorough and opinionated chronology of the band’s epic journey, including chapters like Amy's Farm, See Phish at The Gorge, Tahoe "Tweezer", Scoring a Miracle Ticket, The Phish/Dead Conundrum, Couch Tour, and 94 more
About the Author.
I've been seeing Phish since I was a teenager. My first show was at The Gorge in 1998 and since then I've seen the band countless times.
I've been to The Mothership and I've journeyed to The Gorge. And while my "wook days" are over, I must admit that I hit all 13 of the Baker's Dozen.
Yes, I promise. My wook days are over.
Of course, I still love and enjoy seeing Phish live. And I love to write about Phish.
I'm also the Founder and Editor of PhanSite.com, a site dedicated to the music, history, and culture of Phish.
My co-author, Jason Gershuny has photographed and written about concerts and festivals since 1999 for a variety of music news media outlets including but not limited to Jambase Magazine, Glide Magazine, and Billboard Mobile Beat.
Making of the Book.
Last summer, Jason and I engaged with Triumph Books to write about Phish as part of their 100 Things book series. Of course, a book that breaks down Phish’s 35-year career into 100 chapters... well, the task was more difficult than anticipated.
Choosing the 100 Things? Surely, the studio albums each deserve their own chapters. And the festivals as well. Well, that’s 24 chapters right there! Then there’s the New Year’s shows, the Halloween shows, the miracles, the Dead, CK5, side projects, The OJ Show, Dark Side, oh, man, the list goes on and on... but we stopped at 100.
The 100 Things.
At the one-minute mark in the video above, you can see a full list of all 100 things in the book, 100 Things Phish Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.
Potential Book Tour.
June 1 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl with Dead Phish Orchestra - East Coast Release Party! CONFIRMED
June 2 - Portland, Oregon @ Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom - West Coast Release Party! CONFIRMED
June 17 - Albany/Saratoga, NY
June 20 - Buffalo, NY
June 22 - Burlington, VT @ Skinny Pancake with CashorTrade, Fiddlehead Brewery, and Formula 5 performing live! CONFIRMED
June 23 - Springfield, MA
June 24 - Hartford, CT
July 5 - Seattle, WA
July 7 - Portland, OR
July 8 - Eugene, OR
July 25 - San Francisco, CA
July 28 - Los Angeles, CA
August 4 - Alpharetta, GA
September 1 - Denver, CO
I'd love to hear from you. If your hometown isn't on this list and you know of a place for a great event, please let us know! We'd like to make this a collaborative project.
With your support, I hope to meet as many Phish fans as I can this summer, and discuss the awesome culture, community, and music of this incredible band.
Risks and challenges
Ultimately, it's expensive to travel: transportation, lodging, food on the road. Events are subject to budget and schedule.
Regardless, all Reward books will ship before June 1st.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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