Introducing…Phish Thoughts: The Book

The Gorge '09 (Graham Lucas)

As many of you have likely noticed, I’ve been posting far less frequently during this off-season, and I wanted to take this opportunity to let you in on why. I am not losing interest in Phish or Phish Thoughts, but rather have been working on creating a book: an anthology of my writing. Currently, I am spending most of my waking hours working with my editor, getting the book dialed in to perfection. This leaves me very little time at night to create the original and thought-provoking blogs you’ve come accustomed to reading over the past few years. So in the interest of letting everyone in what I’ve been up to, here’s a little bit about the book.

The anthology chronicles 2009, Phish’s comeback year—beginning with the Hampton reunion all the way through New Year’s in Miami—from the perspective of a loyal and passionate fan who was there to witness the band’s rebirth, their return to prominence, and everything in between. As Phish came back into our lives, a certain vibrancy and magic returned along with them. This book is also the story of what it felt like, as a fan, to recapture a dream deferred for five years—one we thought had been taken away forever.

Red Rocks '09 (Graham Lucas)

Anyone who remembers Phish’s first night back at The Gorge, has listened to Albany’s “Seven Below > Ghost,” or was down south for Miami’s Holiday Run can attest to the magic that laced Phish’s first year back together. This book recounts one of the most important years in the band’s career, and puts it in the context of all that came before it, through anticipatory pieces, enhanced show reviews and musings on all things Phishy.

The anthology will be split into two halves: the first following the band’s comeback year and the second serving as historical context for the first, looking at different facets of Phish’s illustrious history and touching on everything from legendary eras and memorable shows to classic jams and the vibrant culture surrounding the band. By no means attempting to comprehensively cover a 20-plus year career, this part of the book will, nonetheless, allow fans reminisce on moments they’ve enjoyed and give new fans a glimpse into the band’s storied past.

Indio '09 (G.Lucas)

To make this project come to life, I am working with BAJ Design, an independent publisher and design firm based in Philadelphia, and we are collectively committed to create a book that will delight the eyes and properly represent Phish’s awesome legacy. Shooting for a release by the holiday season, this book will make an excellent gift for all the Phish fans in your life! In the coming weeks check back for details on a new website dedicated exclusively to the book.

This is a very exciting time for me and this book represents a long-time dream that is very much in motion. While Phish Thoughts is the perfect place to get your daily fix, the book will provide a permanent and visually-stunning documentation of Phish’s golden age. As I continue to move through this process, I will do my very best to get articles posted more frequently in the coming weeks, and obviously as tour approaches. Please know that it is not that I am leaving Phish Thoughts hanging, but working hard on a long-term project that you will be able to have in hand before the year is up.

Thank for your patience and ongoing support!

– Miner


Jam of the Day:

Seven Below > Ghost” 11.28.09 II

In the spirit of remembering the comeback year, here is one of its undeniable peaks.




8.9.1993 Concert Hall, Toronto, Ontario SBD

FLAC Torrent (via etree), Mp3 Torrent, Megaupload < Links

Pollock - 1993

Here’s a soundboard throwback to August 1993, north of the border in Toronto. An interesting show through and through contains a personal favorite segment in the first set “Split -> Glide.”

Set I: Chalk Dust Torture -> Who Knows Jam -> Chalk Dust Torture, Mound, Fee, Split Open and Melt -> Glide, Nellie Kane, The Divided Sky, Memories, The Squirming Coil

Set II: Dinner and a Movie > Tweezer > Tela* > My Friend, My Friend**, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, You Enjoy Myself -> Contact > Crimes of the Mind^

E: Rocky Top

*Trey on acoustic for ending, **Trey on acoustic for beginning, ^w/ Dude of Life on vocals

Sources: SBD > Cassette / FLAC: AKG 460b/ck63


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  1. bird Says:

    Can’t wait ti read the F’ing Book!

  2. bird Says:

    also can’t wait to get out of work and drink a Guiness!

  3. bigjig Says:

    Congratulations Miner. Looking forward to the final product. Fact.

  4. Matso Says:

    Well done Miner! Really looking forward to this! I’m particularly thrilled that you’re working on something “that will delight the eyes and properly represent Phish’s awesome legacy”, which is something which no previous Phish publication has done with any real degree of success. In fact, the Pharmer’s Almanac, Phish Companion, Phishing Manual, etc, were, with respect to the efforts that went into all of them, pretty terrible design efforts.

    And thanks for the SBD of this classic Toronto 93 show. I have a super crispy AUD of this one, so curious to hear a SBD version.

  5. Matso Says:

    Actually, there is one book with nice design – The Phish Book (but obviously there was way more cash and professional input into that one).

  6. BrandonKayda Says:


    Awesome to hear about the book man!!! Congratulations on really getting it rolling. Hope you’re doing well

  7. KWL Says:

    congrats miner. looking forward to the book’s arrival!

  8. JerZ Says:

    This is really exciting news. Thanks for the update. I can’t wait to grab a copy.

    @matso- I loved the almanac. Haven’t picked one up in ten or fifteen years but I remember really enjoying it

  9. Selector J Says:

    Nice work, Miner! Until now, I didn’t really understand the scope of the book you were working on. (You probably mentioned it once or twice in the comments but I missed it.) I like this perspective. Good luck on finishing it up.

  10. angryjoggerz Says:

    SELECTOR; are you on yet? gonna try to tune in from china.

  11. Selector J Says:

    Not yet, @aj. Show starts in about 1 hour (7a.m. CST).

    Today is going to be extra nice because we’re having an on-air SXSW BB meetup at the KVRX studio this morning, too.
    gdad is going to be there…
    I’m going to be there…
    Well, I think that’s it… but anyone else in the ATX is welcome!
    Hitting breakfast tacos afterwards, too. (Mmmm…. chorizo.)

    Here’s the link to listen just in case I’m running late at start time.

    Just remembered that we have an iPhone app that let’s you listen, too. I don’t know if that’s helpful to anyone but throwing it out there.
    Still rocking the flip phone so I am absolutely clueless about that kind of stuff but search ‘kvrx’ somewhere would be my advice. (Genius, I know.)

    Big up, BB massive!
    :gunshot noises, screams of “forward!” etc. etc.:

  12. Highway Bill Says:

    Cheers Miner! Can’t wait….

  13. hislittlecatposternutbag Says:

    go miner! i know what i want for christmas…

  14. hislittlecatposternutbag Says:

    also…dumpstafunk bassist played with trey at one time? i’m pretty sure i saw him at trey”s boone nc show a few years back…my memory could be slightly twisted…

  15. angryjoggerz Says:

    Word. Will try to tune in, big up.

  16. willowed Says:

    Put me down for one my man!!

    Hey Miner…this is bid deal.

    Way to go!!

  17. tba Says:

    Nice; read the last biography, got used from book store had some pages torn out; still it was very average. Hopefully you have some nice primary sources in there Miner, but I am sure it will be good. Wish you luck. And sorry to be a kill joy but Gorge 2009, ehhhh, my least fave of all the gorges and not being jaded but the crowded nature may have jaded me to be honest.

    My rankings (please just my HO and how i enjoyed the whole live experience-not to be taken seriously if one disagrees please).

    Been up all night trying to learn this freakin’ guitar, not happening, I’m an old f###. :<) Two months now; I think I need a lesson.

    anyway my faves post break
    1. 1/1/11 🙂

  18. tba Says:

    2.alpine 09′
    4.2nd night JB 10′
    5.Hampton comeback

  19. phoammhead Says:

    sounds great, miner!

    happy saint patricks days!!!

    can someone please seed this 8-9-1993 flac torrent on etree that miner links above – thanks in advance.

  20. kayatosh Says:

    miner: way to go, man. The book concept sounds enticing. Thanks for sharing your progress and thanks for phishthoughts.

    selector: “Still rocking the flip phone ” me too.

  21. Looking For Owl's Says:

    Miner You Rock

  22. Chonz Says:

    awesome, miner! can’t wait to pick the book up this holiday season… thanks for all that you do!

  23. Foul_Domain Says:

    Thats great news, Miner! Congrats man, Im sure It’ll be a great read. Cant wait to pick it up!

    Gonna rock some ’09 shows today.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mornin’ all

    great to hear about The Book, miner! don’t worry about keeping us occupied on a daily basis, you have a much bigger thing to tackle right now. I’ll definitely be looking forward to reading this when it comes out.

    this right here would be a great Dry Goods item. I can envision them selling these for all time great shows. Consumer culture, yo.

  25. phoammhead Says:

    nice intro, selecta!

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