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. P.S.H.S. Says:

    food for thought:

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    PSHS- not sure what that link is but it sent my MAC into a tailspin. Could have been coincidence…just saying.

    Someone has Richmond in the sweet 16. 🙂

  3. EL Duderino Says:

    I han Vanderbilt 🙁

    that’s four bad ones now

  4. willowed Says:

    Hey boys,
    Just got back from the bar on St. Pat’s day. Rolled one up and puffed down hard. I am flying.
    Turned on the RnR>Carini from Providence.

    The Fishmans work is silky smooth. If you are bored tonight, give that a spin.

    Me likey

    My Prolbelm Right There is an empty house with bane and Gin.

    Long night a commin

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    This Furthur show on Phil’s 71st birthday is pretty sweet. Sick recording on the ‘noid. recommended.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    he is right about one thing. annie oakley was hot.

  7. neemor Says:

    Happy for you Miner, can’t wait.

  8. willowed Says:

    You a dad yet?

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Go Wofford. Go St. John’s! Not sure i can wait 2 1/2 more hours till tip. Very anxious over here.

  10. joe Says:

    this jam of the day is so unusual. why do they keep jamming? it’s past 15 minutes. shouldn’t every theme have been found in that time. not sure what to make of it.

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    you think I wouldn’t tell you if I was? 😆
    naw, I’m crosseyed and painless

  12. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Palmer


    Jimmer Fredette is too good to lose me thinks

  13. DukeOfLizards Says:

    3.0 is too jammy


  14. DukeOfLizards Says:

    No one is too good to lose unless their name is Michael Jordan.


  15. garretc Says:

    So why can’t CBS put live game scores next to team names in my bracket? Wouldn’t that be super convenient? So I could know what’s going on and why it matters without having to open a whole other window? Fuckin CBS, making my life ABSOLUTE HELL because of this!

  16. butter Says:

    Miner – cant wait for the book

    cheers man and no worries on less posting right now, we understand

    Summer will be here before we know it, and you’ll have the daily crunchy tour write ups goin, i’m sure

  17. willowed Says:

    Well…..Can’t wait. What a ride it will be.

    It’s going to be fun….vibes a sending for the big day!

    I am sauced so I apologize in advance for my sappy posts. I get very happy and mushy when the drinks flow. AW would hate me 😉

    Plus..I am on to the Providence Mike’s right now…which is no slouch

  18. butter Says:

    Fish really makes the Greek Simple

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    Jimmer wins at basketball and life, unlike MJ.

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    “I am sauced so I apologize in advance for my sappy posts. I get very happy and mushy when the drinks flow.”

    don’t forget the propensity to get loose with the funky chicken

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    willowed, stop fluffing the shows you attended. it’s embarassing. (of course I’m not serious, why do you ask?)

  22. kenny powers Says:


    Where are the wife and kids?

  23. neemor Says:

    Providence Mike’s>Sanity>Weekapaug is the shit.

  24. willowed Says:

    The shows you attend are alwys the best ones right?

    Too bad you weren’t in Providence for this one.

    I was just jammin’ in the kitchen. My dog Saide (yes, that’s how we spell it) was like….wat the fuck is wrong with you?

    Homer: Dogs can’t talk
    Dog: Roof
    Homer: Damn straight

  25. willowed Says:

    Wife takes the kids for dinner at the inlaws every Thursday.


    Kidding…I actually feel loney in this empty house right now.

    But I am on the Providence Sanity which is making me laugh…so fuck it

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