The Biography

By Parke Puterbaugh

Da Capo Press, Hardcover, 9780306814846, 352pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2009


An all-access pass to the life and times of one rock’s most popular, inventive and enduring bands, with 16 pages of rare photos

About the Author

Parke Puterbaugh has written or cowritten numerous books and magazine articles on music, travel, the environment and other subjects. A former senior editor for Rolling Stone magazine, he lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Praise For Phish

Publishers Weekly
“A consistently lucid and revelatory look” at the band, and complimenting “Puterbaugh’s solid and intelligent take” that “will satisfy newcomers as well as the band’s obsessively knowledgeable fans.”

“An even-keeled evaluation of an important American band—a must for Phishheads.”

Booklist Online
“Puterbaugh serves up everything one could want to know about jam-band supreme Phish…Valuable enough as a comprehensive Phish file, this book is greatly enhanced by Puterbaugh’s depth of knowledge.”

“What sets [the book] apart are rare, first-hand accounts and details provided by Phish’s inner circle…Phish: The Biography’s entertaining stories and colorful pictures of key events in the band’s remarkable history make it a must-read for fans.” 

Glide Magazine
“[A] good read for those who love the band.”

New York Post, 12/6/09
“Check out this authoritative Phish-ography…From the guys’ early days at a Princeton prep school and the University of Vermont to success, fame, drug busts, breakup and reunion, it’s all covered.”

Rolling Stone, 1/21/2010
“The real story...Though he’s clearly a fan…Puterbaugh is frank.”

New York Times Book Review, 2/28/10
“The important story is how Phish…prophetically anticipated the zeitgeist of today….Knowing Phish’s story will enrich anyone’s understanding of the American scene over the past quarter century.”

Cleveland Scene, 2/19/10
“[This] book is stuffed with insider details.”

Vermont Life, Spring 2010
“Puterbaugh’s book provides a fascinating glimpse at how a successful band implodes in spite of its noble intentions.”