In November 1999, I rescued my dog Halley from the SPCA in Syracuse. Over the last 14 years, she and I have traversed the country twice and gone on dozens of regional trips. Over time she has been to 48 states, Mexico, Canada, and all points in between. Halley has been on some incredible adventures together and found every trip she has been on to be one full of curiosity and exploration, checking out each new locale and not wasting a moment.
In March of this year, I started a Kickstarter campaign that was successful and aided the publication of the first book in the series, ‘A Well Traveled Dog’, which focuses on Halley’s travels and her sense of curiosity as she visits cities, family and destinations around the country. The book is fully illustrated by Bay Area artist Ryan Kerrigan and today, Halley’s 15th birthday, the book is available for pre-sale. The book will ship in mid-November, in time for the holidays. All copies are signed by Pete and Halley. The cost is $22 with free shipping. Pick one up today and check out a couple sample pages from the book!
Widespread Panic has spent 25 years earning a reputation for amazing live shows. The band’s commitment to the live experience is not limited to the stage, but to visual artists across the country. Much like Phish, the band has been dedicated to commissioning artists to create limited edition posters for their shows and they have archived all of these posters in their vault.
Every Widespread Panic fan would love the chance to dig through the bands poster archive, and with Poster Children, they get the chance. Over 400 posters spanning their entire career are included in this 320 page hardcover book, including notes from Dave Schools and John Bell and from the poster artists, including EMEK, Marq Spusta, Chuck Sperry and Jeff Wood.
Bassist Dave Schools on Poster Children: “These posters were another way for our fans to relive the show and commemorate a good time. In a way, they were like the gatefold record cover of the by-gone vinyl era – a visual interpretation for fans to look at while listening to our music.”
Poster Children is slated for a Black Friday release on November 29th. Pre-order requests will be filled first-come, first-served, while supplies last. This is a limited edition book and only one run of books will be printed. Order the book here
LIMITED EDITION, ONLY ONE RUN WILL BE MADE TO ORDER. Widespread Panic has spent 25 years earning a reputation for amazing live shows. The band’s commitment to the live experience is not limited to the stage, but to visual artists across the country. For years, the band has been dedicated to commissioning artists to create limited edition posters for their shows and they have archived all of these posters in their vault. Every Widespread Panic fan would love the chance to dig through the bands poster archive, and with this book, they get the chance. Over 400 posters spanning their entire career are included in this 300 page hardcover book, including notes from the band and the artists. Every poster has been photographed in full color and is presented chronologically in this must have for any Panic fan.
Having created PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish during the span of 2004 to 2009, I know how important it is to get the input and feedback from fans to create such a book. Heather Nigro, a Widespread Panic fan I met during the April 2009 run of Panic shows at House of Blues in Orlando, has created a project similar to PhanArt, aimed at Widespread Panic fans. The book, Postcards: By the Fans, for the Fans has developed from a visually enhanced narrative of two like-minded souls exploring their Widespread Panic experience, into a community based journey. The book includes fan submissions, stories, photos and artwork from almost 500 people. The book is slated to be finished by Spring of 2013, and they can meet their goal with a Kickstarter created to fund the publication of the book.
You can support Postcards by donating through their Kickstarter, and support one of the great fanbases in the live music scene. This is a great project and needs the help of fans to turn the dream into a reality. Lend a hand fans!
Our latest auction for The Mockingbird Foundation featured three Phish shirts, a copy of the novel ‘The Melody of Motion: Following Phish and Widespread Panic’ autographed by author Carl Cole and a ‘Trey, please save me from your followers’ sticker.
All proceeds from this auction will benefit the Mockingbird Foundation, which supports music education across the country. Check out www.mbird.org for more info.
Makisupa Stop and Search was designed by Buds, a take on the Mr. Brainwash’s original art. The shirt size is Large on a Hanes tagless short sleeve t-shirt
Alaska, I’ll Stay Right Here is designed by Kale Worden featured the Moose image on the upper back of the short sleeve shirt, which is size XXL on a Gildan t-shirt
The Melody of Motion: Following Phish and Widespread Panic is a novel written and autographed by Carl Cole. Carl spent many years on Phish and Panic tour and this book is a testament to the bonds developed through the traveling fans that cross the country to see the music each night. For an in depth review, visit https://www.phanart.net/?p=5129
Trey, please save me from your followers sticker is made by Jiggs
Otis Redding shirt is a reference to the Phish song ‘I Didn’t Know’ with a picture of Otis Redding on the front and ‘I didn’t know that I was that far gone’ on the back. The short sleeve shirt is a size XL
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 ‘Hippies Understand Capitalism‘ by Dan Greenhaus, originally published in PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish (2009, Allegra)
Capitalism. It is the central theme that underpins just about everything in our country. Standing in stark contrast to other social systems such as communism and socialism, capitalism manages to bring out the most ingenious concepts and products, as the lure of a potentially unlimited payday will forever lead humans to push further and further, and reach higher and higher.
Capitalism, and the concepts of supply and demand and free markets, exist all around us. Once can find these ideas in many places, whether in its purest form (as most would assert) by way of the stock market, or at the local deli, toy store or, a little more surprisingly if you’ve never been there, the lot before a Phish show. The latter might be a surprise to some people who, when queried about the idea of a “hippie,” would sooner imagine a dreadlocked stoner smoking too much pot while following a band around the country than a businessman earning a living pursuing a passion the likes of which most people would, and could, never understand.
But when one looks closer, what they’ll find along the famed “Shakedown Street” is the economic incarnation of Capitalism in a pure form. People sell goods priced at a level pursuant to the demand in the marketplace set before them, with the underlying intention of earning a profit. In “The Wealth of Nations,” Adam Smith portended that the essence of a “trade” was the person obtaining an item felt that item obtained was of equal or greater value than whatever they may be relinquishing the right to in exchange for the item. It is that underlying concept that pulsates through the lot, and through the subconscious of that same dreadlocked hippie, regardless of whether he realizes it or not. It’s the lifeblood of the mini-society that has been built up around both The Grateful Dead and more recently, Phish and as such, a case could be made that the communities, much like our country, could not exist without it.
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, artist“We 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