Hour-long special explores the band's unique approach to music and its audience; drummer Jon Fishman shares perspective on the band's final moments.
Colchester -Twenty-one years ago, the jam band Phish started playing together at college parties and to small audiences around Burlington. By
the time the band called it quits this past summer, Phish had become one of
the top touring concert acts in the world. Yet the band's approach to its
music and its audience was unique. Vermont Public Radio examines what made
Phish different -from its musical invention to its festivals to its fans-
with a one-hour documentary airing 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 27.
Trey Anastasio :: 8.15.04 Coventry, VT
By David Vann
The program features an extensive conversation with Phish
drummer Jon Fishman, plus people who worked with the band and fans.
Listeners not familiar with Phish will gain a better understanding of the
depth and reach of Phish's fan base, while Phish fans will gain new
perspective into the group.
Phish's success was not the logical outcome of an aggressive
marketing strategy. The Phish phenomenon came about because of the band's
commitment to creating a dialogue with their fans and creating a unique
community. VPR reporter Steve Zind and field producer Patti Daniels saw
this first hand when they covered Phish's last concert in Coventry,
providing reports throughout four rain-soaked days. The sound and interviews
they gathered will be featured in the program, capturing the essence of a
Phish festival. The program also delves deeper, exploring the role the
internet played in the band's success, as well as the influence of living
in Vermont. In an interview that is at times humorous and emotional, Phish
drummer Jon Fishman recollects the meeting at which the band decided to
call it quits, talks about the band's business philosophy and shares the
band's final moments together following the Coventry festival.
VPR's Phish documentary is hosted by Steve Zind. Zind and Patti Daniels
co-wrote and co-produced the program; Chris Albertine served as technical
director and production engineer. John Van Hoesen is the executive producer.
Vermont Public Radio is Vermont's only state-wide source for NPR News,
classical music, jazz and award-winning local news programming. VPR can be
heard at 107.9 FM in Burlington, 89.5 FM in Windsor, 88.7 FM in Rutland,
88.5 FM in St. Johnsbury, 94.3 FM in Bennington. VPR also provides VPR
Classical, a 24 hour classical music service heard in the Connecticut River
Valley at 88.1 FM. Both VPR and VPR Classical can also be heard online at
Read JamBase's PHAREWELL MY PHRIEND Phish Phinal review of Coventry.
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