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


750 Responses to “Introducing…Phish Thoughts: The Book”

  1. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Congratulations Miner! Can’t wait to take a peak.

  2. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Congratulations, Miner!

  3. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Damn you, Luther. Why you gotta steal my thunder like that?

  4. Fastenuff4who Says:

    Good luck Miner!

  5. KWL Says:

    selector doesn’t really sound awake yet 😉

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    can’t wait to see the book, Miner!

    Good morning, everyone!

    happy st. patrick’s day

  7. SillyWilly Says:

    spring allergies might be gettin the Selecta

  8. Selector J Says:

    Show is on. Click my name to start streaming.

  9. Selector J Says:

    Definitely @ silly. Was laid out last week because of dem pollen deh. On the mend now…

  10. Selector J Says:

    @ KWL
    I’m working on the 1st cup of coffee, too. :mrgreen:

  11. KWL Says:

    llfa @ selector

    nice pick!

  12. seif Says:

    graet stuff Miner! what size book are u thinking about? will i be able to proudly display it on the coffee table?

  13. phoammhead Says:

    selecta j giving the shout out to the bb massive!

  14. BTB Says:

    Congrats Miner – very cool for you and all the BB’ers

    Also, I never told told anybody about the secret documents – no wikileaks 😉

  15. lastwaltzer Says:

    Congrats Miner!

  16. Guyute711 Says:

    Congrats and god luck Miner. Reggae and St. Patty’s I am feeling really Irie today.

  17. Guyute711 Says:

    god luck is better than good luck by the way

  18. Jtran Says:

    Congrats Miner! Excited for the book.

    Tuned in to the Sejecta J

    Nice day here

    Selecta J > finishing up 12/30/99 > streaming bball at work and trying not to get caught


  19. Luther T. Justice Says:


    I’m at Timothy’s by the UD campus right now. They brought the wrestling bear back today. I feel like I might want to wrastle it.

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    Ha ha, loose women in Tim’s get you some.

  21. Guyute711 Says:

    I used to work at the BW-3 across the street from you, burn it down.

  22. Luther T. Justice Says:

    This bear’s asking for it. Time to give him some Justice!

  23. bhizzle Says:

    Glad to hear the good news Miner, Congrats! (Curious if you will be going by your nom de plume?) You’ve done alot for the community as a whole, between a book and this site. You are truly appreciated.

    Luther, if you wrestle that bear you better post that shit to youtube.

  24. MisterChristian Says:

    Great News Miner!

    Can’t wait to dig into your refined thoughts on the legendary comeback year. I”ll be picking this one up for sure.

  25. Guyute711 Says:

    bhizzle, you hitting the bars in Rochester today?

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