Phish: The Biography, by Parke Puterbaugh
Review by: Andrew Simon, Co-Founder at GlowStickWars.com
Phish: The Biography gives readers an in-depth look at the inner-workings of the band that we’ve all come to know and love.
Starting at the very beginning, in Burlington, VT in 1983, Parke takes readers on a rollercoaster-ride-of-a-journey, which encapsulates all of Phish 1.0 (and the short and semi-sweet 2.0). From early shenanigans in the dorm rooms at UVM, to the bittersweet (and sloppy, mind the pun) experience that can only be summed up in one word: Coventry, like Fishman, this book doesn’t miss a beat.
On and off the stage, Parke captures all the highs and lows of Phish’s illustrious pre-hiatus career. He offers the reader some real insight into the evolution of the band, and as the story progresses, readers can’t help but develop a stronger connection with each of the four band members, and the band as a whole.
Coming from a guy who admittedly doesn’t read a lot of books, I can say with absolute certainty that this book is a great read. I kept it in my bathroom, and slowly chipped away at it every morning…around the same time. You probably don’t want to borrow my copy.
Seriously though, Phish: The Biography is a must-read for any and all phans out there. One can only hope that Parke has already started working on his next book, which will inevitably cover Phish 3.0…and beyond. And you better believe that I’ll be reading (and recommending) that f*cking book!
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