Pete Mason is a Special Education teacher living in Albany, NY with his dog Halley. He started PhanArt shortly after Phish’s final shows in 2004 as a way to preserve the legacy of the Phish community. With the help of friends (both old and new) he compiled, edited, laid out and oversaw the creation of a 400+ page book that is unlike any other, seeking to preserve the legacy of Phish fans through PhanArt. Pete has traveled across the country, visiting all 50 states in the process of seeing Phish and other bands. Pete is also the Online Editor for UpstateLIVE.com, coaches youth soccer and continues to help the ever-expanding Phish Art community grow.
His second book, PhanFood: From the Kitchen Pot to the Parking Lot is a collaboration with Taraleigh Silberberg (The Healthy Hippie). PhanFood is a collection of recipes from Phish fans and friends including appetizers, drinks, salads, healthy food, desserts and other delicious concoctions. PhanFood benefits the food pantry of Burlington, Vermont and the towns Phish plays in each tour. To order PhanFood, pick one up here.
In December, 2012, Pete published his first e-book, “The Evolution of the War Film Genre: From Westerns and World War II to Vietnam”, detailing the changing war film genre over the past 80 years. Pick it up for Kindle, for Nook, and now for iTunes.
Pete is currently working on a book on music festivals with longtime editor and friend Tim O’Shea.
Alan Evans of The Royal Family, September 2012 (UpstateLIVE)
Tony Markellis, June 2011 (UpstateLIVE with Surrender to the Flow)
Reid Genauer on Reuniting with Strangefolk (Hidden Track)
The Strangefolk Story Part 2 – April 2011 (Hidden Track)
The Strangefolk Story Part 1 – March 2011 (Hidden Track)
Mike Gordon, November 2010 (UpstateLIVE)
Interview with The McLovins, September 2009 (State of Mind)
StrangeCreek Music and Arts Festival review (Jambands.com)
Strangefolk: A Great Long While in the Making (Hidden Track)
Recap: The Return of Strangefolk (Hidden Track)
Amnesty International Dylan Tribute Album (HeadCount)
Protecting Your Hearing: A Guide to Earplugs (Hidden Track)
Movie reviews (Albany, NY) (Nippertown)
Forget Chris McCandless. Has Craig Medred gone into the wild? (Alaska Dispatch)
High 5: Seeking Natural Relief for Chronic Depression (Kaia Magazine)
The Benefits of a Weed (Kaia Magazine)
What’s Next for Occupy? (HeadCount)
Would You Confuse ‘Chikin’ with Kale? (HeadCount)