Pete Mason: Phish is the pre-eminent band from the Burlington area in the past 30+ years. What influence do you see Burlington, and Vermont in general, as contributing factors to the development of a strong fan base and a close knit Phish community?
Senator Bernie Sanders: It should come as no surprise that a band like Phish came from Vermont. Its success was developed largely outside of the musical mainstream, without the aid of corporate radio stations or MTV. Like so much in Vermont, the success of Phish depended almost entirely on its appeal to what we call the grassroots, and what music people call the fan base. Phish exemplifies the remarkable power of a word-of-mouth, grassroots movement to transform the musical landscape.
Pete Mason: Over the course of your many years in Vermont public office, did you ever expect Phish to have such a profound impact on American music, and for the band to rise to such heights over the course of their existence?
Senator Bernie Sanders: I was first elected mayor of Burlington in 1981, two years before Phish played its first show at the University of Vermont. Burlington’s young people were the first members of the supportive community that would propel the band to national prominence. By the time I was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1990, Phish was already touring nationally and building a loyal following. I watched the meteoric rise of Phish with interest, and have been proud to see Phish succeed beyond all expectations.
Pete Mason: When did you first hear about Phish as being a Burlington based band, to the extent that it piqued your interest as a product of Vermont?
Senator Bernie Sanders: Burlington is not an especially large city. Nectar’s, w here they began performing, is only a block from City Hall. I don’t go to music much, but some of the young people I talk with were very, very interested in Phish. As the band’s popularity grew and it began to receive wide attention, I saw Phish as an ambassador of the state of Vermont, highlighting our independence and open-mindedness and our deep involvement with grassroots politics and culture.
Pete Mason: While many are aware of the strong fan base Phish had throughout its existence, how did such a community of people come about around just four guys playing music?
Senator Bernie Sanders: What I find unique and remarkable about Phish is the open relationship between the band and its following. This is not a band that just plays for an audience and no more. The interaction that young people kept telling me defined the Phish concert experience helped create an energetic and devoted community across Vermont and across the nation.
Pete Mason: Were you ever able to make it to any Phish concerts? If so, which ones, and what did you think of the experience?
Senator Bernie Sanders: During my (2006) Senate campaign, I listened to three-quarters of Phish play together at something called “Honky Tonk the Vote,” a fundraising event for my Senate campaign. I’d talked with Mike Gordon a number of times in recent years, and he agreed to play at this event. He did a long set, and both Page and Jon came up on stage and played with him. From what I understand, it was the first time the three of them had played together since their final show in Coventry. But for me it wasn’t about their ongoing history, but about good music, and the great feeling everyone in the audience had when they played together.
Bernie Sanders was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 after serving 16 years in the House of Representatives. He is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history. Elected Mayor of Burlington by 12 votes in 1981, he served four terms. The Almanac of American Politics has called Sanders a “practical’ and “successful legislator.” He has focused on the shrinking middle class and widening income gap in America that is greater than at any time since the Great Depression. Other priorities include reversing global warming, universal health care, fair trade policies, supporting veterans, and preserving family farms.
Source: Senator Sanders Senate Website
When I hear Gordo dropping bombs, this is what I see…
This pin comes in a limited edition of 114 individually numbered pins with two posts with rubber backs. There are more than 8 colors in this creation, with a glitter bass dropping bombs. The pin measures 1.5″ and costs $15 plus $2 for shipping including tracking via USPS.
This limited edition of 114 “Wookie” License Plate pins also has numbers on the back with two posts and military clutches on the back. Very few of these pins remain. This pin measures 1.5″and costs $15 plus $2 to ship with tracking via USPS. Pin Pusher proudly generated over $100 by selling pin #1 on ebay, donating 100% to the Northern Vermont Red Cross for flood relief.
Keeping up with the effort to raise money for flood victims in Vermont, Party Time Pins has made a pin to benefit WaterWheel Foundation.
$1 from every pin purchased will be donated to the Waterwheel Foundation to help with the Vermont flood recovery efforts. This pin measures 1.25″on each side, is made of antiqued silver and has two-pin backs in a limited edition of 100. Party Time Pins stresses that this pin ‘will definitely not ever be remade’
Isadora’s print for the three amazing nights we had at UIC is titled “Ramalope“. The print is a linocut and measures 15 X 21 inches and printed on stonehenge paper in a limited edition of 100. The cost is $30 shipped. Only 10 of these prints remain for sale!
Isadora’s poster for the three shows at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park is titled ‘I’m building you a pyramid…” The print is a linocut measuring 15 x 21 inches and printed on stonehenge paper in a limited edition of 150. Cost is $30 shipped. Only 10 of these prints remain for sale!
A print made just in time for the Vermont Benefit Show in Essex on 9/14/11 is titled “Revive“. This print is a linocut printed on stonehenge paper measuring 15 x 16 inches in a limited edition of 75. The cost for this print is $30 shipped. Only 10 of these prints remain for sale!
Ryan Kerrigan whipped up a print for the Vermont show this Wednesday in Essex, VT. This print is of an edition of 55 and cost $10 each. Ryan is making the trek from California for this show, so look for him selling his poster on lot!
Taraleigh Weathers and Pete Mason will be at the Phish benefit in Essex on 9/14 with copies of PhanFood. For only $20, pick up the first cookbook by Phish fans, for Phish fans. More than 1/3 of the cover price will benefit the Chittenden foodbank, and in this time of need as families and businesses clean up after Hurricane Irene, the food is needed more than ever. Look for the Orange Syracuse flag on lot at the show and help feed Vermont!
New from PhanArt in 2011 isour weekly Friday Feature: This Week in PhanArt History. Each piece of art we share is from days of Phish in the past, typically from the 1.0 and 2.0 eras, something of note that fans of all ages can appreciate that is featured in the book PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish, with some commentary on the piece by PhanArt Pete. If there is a piece of art or genre of PhanArt you would like to see, leave a suggestion in the comments below.
This week we feature some of the random art submitted to PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish that is otherwise uncategorized – shirts, stickers and the like that are related to songs, events or tours, but do not fall neatly into a particular category.
Created by Brian Patrick Henry, this shirt is circa 1997, when Calvin and Hobbes was still something the kids remembered and identified with, as there were many Grateful Dead shirts from the early 90s that featured the cartoon duo. On first glance, the song references Suzy Greenberg, but that is Calvin’s neighbor Suzie (actually Susie) who he is not being a nice guy to, thus referencing Mike’s Song.
From the extensive collection of Noah Phence, this COL 4BN sticker highlights the Vermont license plate, even noting two small marijuana references. The first, a small pot leaf in the upper left hand corner of the sticker and in the bottom right corner, a fake expiration tag of 420B24-7.
Submitted to PhanArt from the collection of Frank and Christine Cortazzo, this sticker’s exact date is not easily discernible due to the conflict of IT in the background and 2004 Phish Tour on the sticker. It references 7/29/03 where Jimmy was revealed to be Fishman, and he was searching for IT. So it is possible this sticker was made in 2004 for Vegas or one of the two legs of the Summer tour.
Submitted by Gregg Kelley, this sticker was purchased on ebay during the hiatus of 10/00 and 12/02, making it difficult to date, but based on the genesis of Gotta Jibboo on the Farmhouse album, it could have been made ay any time during or after the Summer of 2000er 2003.
Screenprinter Bo Muller-Moore has been printing shirts for a good decade in Vermont. He is best known for his shirt “EAT MORE KALE“, by far his most popular and best selling design. People always ask him “what do you mean?” and “did you think of that?” Bo gives credit to his friends Paul B. and Kate C., who suggested the phrase and special ordered two shirts for themselves. Since then, it has become a huge hit and spread around the world.