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Three year anniversary of PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish

Three years ago today a party was held in Troy, NY to celebrate the publication of a most unique book, PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish. The night started with a dinner for friends, artists and family before heading next door to Revolution Hall (RIP) for the party. With a semi-brief* intro about the book from the author, The McLovins debuted in New York followed by Long Island’s own The Flow performing two sets of Phish covers.

The night was four and a half years in the making, starting shortly after Coventry. That night we sold 1/5 of the first printing (250) and started what would lead to over $5800 in donations for The Mockingbird Foundation through PhanArt.net. Today PhanArt is donating $500 from the sale of the book and will donate another another $500 with the sale of the final copies of PhanArt. The first edition will not be reprinted, although it is available for sale as an ebook for Kindle, iPad and Nook and soon will be available for the Sony Tablet.

Check out a slideshow of pictures of the book here

The future of PhanArt is bright, with the first printing remaining as an ebook, with all profits from the sale benefiting The Mockingbird Foundation. Later this year, PhanArt: 2009 will feature all the art from the first year of the return of Phish, as well as interviews and articles on the Phish community in the ‘3.0’ era. This edition will be designed by Josh Jacobs, adding graphic design experience to the layout and design of PhanArt. Yearly editions of PhanArtwill be created to compile the art which makes the Phish community so unique.

If you would like to pick up one of the final 5 books, get one here. Thank you all for your continued support of PhanArt and support for ALL the artists who’s creativity went into the book and is featured on the website. PhanArt will continue its mission to compile and preserve art created by Phish fans for the Phish community and in the course of such work, to also benefit The Mockingbird Foundation, raising funds for music education.

Coming soon, there will be a new way to donate to The Mockingbird Foundation through PhanArt. Stay tuned for details

*not very brief

art by Ryan Kerrigan



‘The Open Source Phish Code’ by Benjy Eisen (Excerpt from PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish)

In celebration of PhanArt’s 2nd Anniversary of being published, this week we are sharing excerpts from select articles written exclusively for PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish. To read more of this article and other great reviews of the Phish community and unique style of art, pick up the book here

An excerpt from ‘The Open Source Phish Code’ by Benjy Eisen, writer for jambands.com and many other fine publications, originally published in PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish (2009, Allegra)

Unless you know how to see in Technicolor, I admit, it may seem a little thin: For much of my 20s, I followed around a rock band. Thousands of others did too. We spent entire summers traveling all over the country to watch the same band play night after night. When we weren’t at the concerts, we spent our time collecting recordings of the concerts, discussing the concerts (past and present), and preparing for the next batch of concerts. It’s okay, you can think it — it sounds shallow. Like we missed the mark. But we didn’t.

You see, we didn’t merely follow a band around the country; sometimes we led them. Sometimes we led each other, sometimes we fed each other, and always we fed off of each other. Phish was always fond of acknowledging from the stage that tours took more than just the four musicians. You see, when you stepped into a Phish show, you stepped into a different dimension — one in which you became a creative, artistic, free participant. An active participant. You engaged while also being engaged.

Other concerts go something like this: You meet up with your friends, have dinner somewhere near the arena, pay $10 to park, drink a few beers, go inside, dawdle during the opening band, find your seats, watch the concert and go home.

Phish shows weren’t like that. At Phish shows, you were expected to do more. It was in the contract. Part of the deal, you see. Part of the appeal, you see. And if you toured with the band, forget it — you were in deep!

Between 1993 and 2004, I saw somewhere around 150 Phish shows, stretched over 11 years, 25 states, and two countries. I spent the best nights of my life with Phish and I have a hell of a lot to show for it. Most of it is intangible — it’s in my eyes, the way I walk, the manner in which I carry myself, even in my sigh. But physically, apart from a box full of ticket stubs and photographs, I have artwork in myriad forms picked up along the way. The art — whether primitive or skilled — serves as a concrete reminder of all that is divine in my life. They’re sacred objects. I have a silk-screened t-shirt bought on 7/5/94 in Ottawa, Canada from a guy who reminded me of a cartoon drug dealer. The shirt no longer fits, but I look at it and remember getting lost in French-speaking Canada on the way to the show.

To read more, check out the book here

‘Inaugural Ball’ by Amy Pedatella (Excerpt from PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish)

In celebration of PhanArt’s 2nd Anniversary of being published, this week we are sharing excerpts from select articles written exclusively for PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish. To read more of this article and other great reviews of the Phish community and unique style of art, pick up the book here

An excerpt from ‘Inaugural Ball’ by Amy Pedatella, originally published in PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish (2009, Allegra)

The year was 1996 and I was quickly becoming a Phish fan. As winter ended, the band made the announcement that they would be hosting a weekend festival in northern New York. The show was slated to be called The Clifford Ball and scheduled for the end of summer, without hesitation I was “in” and anxiously awaited ticket sales. Talking this phenomenon up with my friends, I found two eager participants. We purchased our tickets, made preliminary preparations and awaited mid-August.

Submitted by Noah Phence for PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish

Apparently my friends were not as into Phish as I was, and purchased H.O.R.D.E. Tour tickets for the Friday of that same weekend. Wanting to forgo the H.O.R.D.E I was unable to find any takers for their tickets. I was left no choice but to attend the show at Randall’s Island, New York with them and immediately following travel directly to The Ball. Halfway through the Spin Doctors set, my friend decided to pass out and land in First-Aid after ingesting who knows what?

Always the optimist I thought, ‘she’ll shake it off.’ This is the point when my other friend at the show decided to piss in my Cheerios and pull the plug on the whole operation, taking our other friend home.

The H.O.R.D.E. was had, the hour was zero, and I found myself under the Triborough Bridge with three Clifford Ball tickets, a station wagon and nobody up for the mission. I had to beg and plead with anyone who will listen in a futile attempt to gain candidates. I had no choice but to go it alone. My rather straightedge brother had been at the H.O.R.D.E. also and got wind of my antics. Being the supportive older brother that he is, my brother refused to let me travel alone and decided to join me. He and I had seen Phish about three weeks prior in Rome, Italy, as part of an audience of less than 200 as they opened for Santana. He would have liked people to believe that he was going to escort me, but I knew better. He had experienced

To read more, check out the book here

It’s the Two year Anniversary of PhanArt!

Two years ago this week, PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish held its book kickoff at Revolution Hall in Troy, NY (RIP). Featuring music from The McLovins and The Flow, the long awaited arrival of PhanArt, a comprehensive collection of the art made by fans over the first 20 years of Phish was finally here. Over the course of the week we will be excerpting articles from the book that discuss the Phish community, art scene, and events throughout Phish history.

Featuring art from Ryan Kerrigan, Tripp, AJ Masthay, Jason Lees, Isadora Bullock, and dozens of other artists over the years, this 400+ page full-color coffee-table book is a walk down memory lane that is unlike any other book in that it is made up of the art of the FANS. Because of the Fans, Phish is a stronger band with a large community encompassing it.

To celebrate our 2nd year, we are offering for one week only the book at it’s original cost of $60 – this is a limited time offer and will last until Sunday night. Pick up the book while it is in it’s second printing and READ The F$%&ing Book!

All net profits from the sale of PhanArt will benefit The Mockingbird Foundation which supports music education throughout the country.

Read some reviews of PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish

“I always love reading lot tales, its all part of the Phish experience, even stories from the road. Thats why PhanArt is so damn cool, cause it fully captures that aspect of Phish.” –Sam Davis of Dogoneblog

“It’s an amazing book that clearly took a tremendous amount of effort to create. Great job Pete!”- Prof. Robert J. Thompson, Director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture, S.I. Newhouse School of Communications,Syracuse University

“Get that book. I love it. So much” – Kim Mancini

“I really like it, fun to look at all the art, really brings back some memories” – Baltimoeron77

“This is really a must have for anybody who ever appreciated the lot scene” – Ryan Kerrigan, artistWe have ours and it’s awesome!!!! Everyone get a copy of PhanArt!” – Taraleigh, The Healthy Hippie

“Love this book, great conversation pieces in it, great memories form seeing this stuff on lot are conjured up, and you are contributing to a good cause. So worth buying this book.”- Mark Hanzsche – Phan since ’94

“Think its a great book, I got #233!!! I leave it on my coffee table and my friends love it. They love going through and remembering what “lot” stuff we’ve seen or have from Stickers, t-shirts, and posters. Good Stuff!!!” – Dan “Danimal” Viall

One Year Anniversary of PhanArt’s Release!

It’s been a great year for PhanArt.  On 2/7/09 we held our kickoff party at Revolution Hall in Troy, NY (click to see photos by Andy Hill from State of Mind Magazine) and it was an immense success.  Besides the 100+ pre-ordered books, we sold 30 more books at the show, raised over $300 for Mockingbird, and set sights on Hampton. We sold over 40 books in Hampton and sold out of the first printing in less than 4 months time!

The McLovins, photo by PhanArt Pete

We are midway through the second printing which has been selling quite well. As of today, the 1-year anniversary of PhanArt’s publication, we have sold 374 books and raised over $1500 for Mockingbird Foundation.

PhanArt Pre-party, photo by Mike Wren

Thank you all for your continued support of PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish, the PhanArt Blog and The Mockingbird Foundation

PhanArt Pete and Andy Hill, photo by Mike Wren
The Flow encoring with 'After Dark', artwork by Jon Blake, aka crazyredbeard, photo by Mike Wren
The McLovins, photo by Mike Wren