Local author goes Phishing!

Friend of the site and sometimes contributor Andy P. Smith has a new book coming out in June. It’s called 100 Things Phish Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die and to celebrate the occassion he’s having a book release party at Brooklyn Bowl on June 1st with the DeadPhish Orchestra. Show your support and grab your tickets here

Whether you’re a huge Phish fan or curious why they have such a loyal following — I admit it, I’m in the latter camp — you’ll find this book entertaining and eye-opening. It’s the perfect primer for their upcoming, recently-announced 2018 tour which includes a 3-day festival upstate in August.

Some personal facts about Andy:
– If you’ve been in North Brooklyn a while, you’ll likely remember the club Bodega which he helped found as well as publishing and founding Chief magazine.
– He saw his first Phish show at The Gorge in Washington in 1998 with his mom and three friends!
– He’s seen roughly 150 Phish shows including all thirteen “Baker’s Dozen” shows. 
– This is his second Phish book. His first, The Last American Gypsy, chronicles the “bittersweet adventure that was Phish Tour 2004.”
Here’s what to expect, from the book’s publisher Triumph Books:

Music writers and longtime Phans Andy P. Smith and Jason Gershuny combine their knowledge, experience and love for all things Phish to present a must-own reference. Beginning in 1983 with the group’s formation in Vermont and covering the most memorable shows, biggest personalities, and must-do activities surrounding the Phish experience in the decades since, the authors offer a thorough and easy to follow chronology of the band’s epic journey. Highlights include:

  • A heartfelt foreword from Relix Magazine Editor in Chief Mike Greenhaus
  • Breakdowns and analysis of every album and how they fit into the Phish canon
  • The complete guide to crowd terminology, including how to identify a Wook, a Tarper, a Chomper and a Noob
  • Photos and illustrations throughout, capturing the Phish experience
  • Profiles of the band members, retrospectives of the most iconic shows and how to make the most of a trip to some of Phish’s favorite venues 
I’ve enjoyed learning about the band and why they inspire such a loyal following. Want an early copy? Grab one over at Kickstarter!



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