Wednesday 06/15/2016 by bertoletdown

The Phish Companion Is Back... And This Time It's Hard(Cover)!

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Phish.net and The Mockingbird Foundation are delighted to announce the third edition of The Phish Companion: A Guide to the Band & Their Musicavailable now for purchase.

Like Phish themselves, our intent was to deliver a feast for the senses, and so the new Phish Companion’s 898 full-color, hardbound (!) pages are bursting with exclusive content curated to please every subspecies of fan.

Academics and completists will delight in 1,700 freshly manicured setlists, plus essential song histories, useful charts, band member bios, side-projects, and more.

Prose-heads can dig into nearly 150 sharply observed show reviews, as well as crackling original fan stories that chronicle the evolving Phish experience from Burlington watering holes in the 1980s to soccer stadiums in the present day.

Prefer to eat with your eyes? This book boasts the best printed collection of Phish photography ever compiled. We’re talking 128 pages of full-color memories and olfactory hues here, folks.

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And did we mention art? The book’s eight chronological chapters are anchored by stunning original prints from many of the scene’s most accomplished artists – David Welker, AJ Masthay, Justin Helton, and others – each of whom was commissioned to freely interpret a period of Phish.

They crushed it.

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If our first and second “reference-style” editions were trusty Subarus that could get you from A to B reliably for a quarter million miles, our third edition is Doc Brown’s DeLorean. It takes you on a guided tour through 33 years of Phish history – and looks sexy as hell doing it.

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The story of Phish is one of epic sweep. This book tells that story, from germination to glory, and from ruin to redemption.

But it’s also personal. It’s about you. And in re-discovering the band in these pages, textures, and colors, we hope you will see your own reflection as well.

And now, without any further ado: Ready... Set... Read The Book!
 

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Comments

, comment by dusty_reels
dusty_reels Well played yall! I love me hard cover books. Looks great...
, comment by kidrob
kidrob How fast will these actually ship? I ordered it when it was suppose to release a few years back. I'm glad that they made it as best as they can, but I don't want to spend 40$ to wait another 3-4 years for it. Super excited though!
, comment by lumpblockclod
lumpblockclod The book will begin shipping the week of June 22nd.
, comment by kidrob
kidrob @lumpblockclod said:
The book will begin shipping the week of June 22nd.
Thanks!
, comment by bertoletdown
bertoletdown @kidrob said:
How fast will these actually ship? I ordered it when it was suppose to release a few years back. I'm glad that they made it as best as they can, but I don't want to spend 40$ to wait another 3-4 years for it. Super excited though!
Anyone who pre-paid a few years ago is pre-paid for this book and will receive free shipping. We're emailing those folks -- if you don't get an email, PM me and I'll make sure you're taken care of.
, comment by DrewG
DrewG Looks great!
, comment by Mr_Draned
Mr_Draned Yessssss!
, comment by sushigradepanda
sushigradepanda YOU'RE ON THE BACK OF THE WORM!
, comment by TwiceBitten
TwiceBitten question for @bertoletdown or whoever is "in charge" here... I own a record and book shop...are you doing wholesale on this book for people like me who wish to stock it? feel free to respond via email (deepthoughtsjp@gmail.com) or .net PM....
, comment by forbin1
forbin1 @bertoletdown said:
@kidrob said:
How fast will these actually ship? I ordered it when it was suppose to release a few years back. I'm glad that they made it as best as they can, but I don't want to spend 40$ to wait another 3-4 years for it. Super excited though!
Anyone who pre-paid a few years ago is pre-paid for this book and will receive free shipping. We're emailing those folks -- if you don't get an email, PM me and I'll make sure you're taken care of.
That's really great. I pre-ordered mine over 3 years ago...I was pretty happy to receive that email.
, comment by Skyballs
Skyballs How current are the setlists? Were you able to get the Mexico shows in there in time?

Not that it matters. I am going to buy this regardless. I'm just curious.
, comment by lumpblockclod
lumpblockclod Setlists are current through Mexico.
, comment by Bob_Loblaw
Bob_Loblaw Bought it immediately.

Already ordered it twice before.

Third times the charm I guess?

, comment by bertoletdown
bertoletdown @Bob_Loblaw said:
Bought it immediately.

Already ordered it twice before.

Third times the charm I guess?
Did you get an email?

PM me if not and I can make sure someone sets it all straight.
, comment by bertoletdown
bertoletdown @TwiceBitten said:
question for @bertoletdown or whoever is "in charge" here... I own a record and book shop...are you doing wholesale on this book for people like me who wish to stock it? feel free to respond via email (deepthoughtsjp@gmail.com) or .net PM....
A: That's awesome.

B: Not sure! There were a list of questions we anticipated but that was not necessarily one of them. We'll talk internally and get back with you soon. It may be a few days. Hope that is okay.
, comment by Zhaph
Zhaph I'm moving soon; when will these ship, and how long will the shipping take (approximately)?
, comment by yanzlow
yanzlow Congrats on getting it out peeps! Can't wait!
, comment by Ekseption
Ekseption I'd love to buy it, but I live in Poland and shipping by FedEx is 70 $, way to much (book costs 39$). Is there any other way to buy it? Please help.
, comment by lumpblockclod
lumpblockclod @Zhaph said:
I'm moving soon; when will these ship, and how long will the shipping take (approximately)?
The book begins shipping the week of June 22nd. There are several shipping options available if shipping time is a concern.
, comment by bertoletdown
bertoletdown Standard (least expensive) shipping option is 10 days. All this is laid out on the website.

https://phishcompanion.com
, comment by nickulus
nickulus Bought.

Now I'll have to find another reason to check the Mockingbird Foundation site every couple days...
, comment by phunkytime
phunkytime How much will it be on Amazon? Would like to take advantage of my prime free shipping if possible
, comment by Lemuria
Lemuria @kidrob said:
How fast will these actually ship? I ordered it when it was suppose to release a few years back. I'm glad that they made it as best as they can, but I don't want to spend 40$ to wait another 3-4 years for it. Super excited though!
If you ordered through us, and didn't later request a refund, check your email - you're covered.
, comment by beginners_ear
beginners_ear This book looks fantastic. Great job and congrats to everyone involved. A few questions:

Does it cover the 2016 Summer Tour?

How long will the Mann No Man's be?

What will Mike be wearing at The Gorge?

What show will Fluffhead be played at?

When's the album coming out?

I appreciate your prompt reply.
, comment by bertoletdown
bertoletdown @beginners_ear said:
This book looks fantastic. Great job and congrats to everyone involved. A few questions:

Does it cover the 2016 Summer Tour?

How long will the Mann No Man's be?

What will Mike be wearing at The Gorge?

What show will Fluffhead be played at?

When's the album coming out?

I appreciate your prompt reply.
- Of course!
- Twelve
- His heart on his Johnny Varvatos sleeve
- Fluffhead is off the map
- When the cock has crowed three times
, comment by beginners_ear
beginners_ear @bertoletdown said:
@beginners_ear said:
This book looks fantastic. Great job and congrats to everyone involved. A few questions:

Does it cover the 2016 Summer Tour?

How long will the Mann No Man's be?

What will Mike be wearing at The Gorge?

What show will Fluffhead be played at?

When's the album coming out?

I appreciate your prompt reply.
- Of course!
- Twelve
- His heart on his Johnny Varvatos sleeve
- Fluffhead is off the map
- When the cock has crowed three times
Thank you. I will plan accordingly.
, comment by MarcoEsc
MarcoEsc @TwiceBitten said:
question for @bertoletdown or whoever is "in charge" here... I own a record and book shop...are you doing wholesale on this book for people like me who wish to stock it? feel free to respond via email (deepthoughtsjp@gmail.com) or .net PM....
I'll be in touch to discuss. Other wholesale inquiries may contact marco@mbird.org

, comment by MarcoEsc
MarcoEsc @phunkytime said:
How much will it be on Amazon? Would like to take advantage of my prime free shipping if possible
It will be available on Amazon once we get copies stocked in their warehouse. Best price, though, will be direct from phishcompanion.com .
, comment by paulj
paulj Thanks to everyone involved in this project for all the hard work. I'm sure the long wait was harder on you folks than on any of us who were just waiting.

As part of the reading material available in the "main" bathroom of our house, TPC1 has received numerous comments from visitors over the years. I'm thinking this one will get even more!
, comment by Phirst_tube
Phirst_tube Going to be adding this one to the shelf! Excited to get my hands on a hardback that can be passed down over time.
, comment by Looch
Looch Congrats to all involved for finishing TPC3. Can't wait to read it. Thanks to all at Mockingbird for what you do, and thanks to all who support Mockingbird and their support of music education.
, comment by Piper72
Piper72 I would like to get my hands...on THIS Hardbody.
, comment by RunawayJeff
RunawayJeff Ordered! - Any chance of this ever being Digital (iBooks, Kindle, etc.)

It would great to have a "mobile" copy as well......
, comment by eddie20850
eddie20850 So excited! Thanks to TMF for all the efforts. Ordered mine.
, comment by johnnyd
johnnyd @Piper72 said:
I would like to get my hands...on THIS Hardbody.
Well played.
: )
, comment by ahh_boy
ahh_boy while i am really excited to see that this is finally here, i have one question. this says its 898 pages. the 2nd edition is also 898 pages. was a lot of the extra material that was in the second one cut? is this exclusively just a set list book?

not trying to knock the book in anyway. just an observation that i had a question on.

cant wait to check this out!
, comment by johnnyd
johnnyd @ahh_boy - copying this from a forum thread; hopefully it answers your question.
The short version is, we did not treat this book like an encyclopedia, because everyone can easily get information on the internet. We included what we considered the essential data, and left out a bunch of statistics and minutiae that are better presented on the internet than in a book. We added tons of art, photographs, new reviews, and features.

tl;dr version:

@23piper said:
Is it a book? Photo album? Set list document? I'm trying to figure out what I would get out of it beyond what I get out of dot net.

Thoughts?
Great question.
Why on earth would anyone in 2016 want a book, right?

We played with that question and even did surveys, and we started this project (this 2nd ascent) asking that question: What can we provide in a book, when all the data and info is accessible with a couple clicks or taps (see what i did there)?

So this thing was designed from the ground up to be a physical "thing" - to look and feel beautiful. To peruse front-to-back, or pick a random spot, or to target a particular show, song, or event that you are curious about. It's a lot of different things in one. It has complete setlists, complete original song histories, selected cover song histories, song index, but I think that's about it in terms of statistical minutiae. After that is narrative and art to tell the story.

The layout and design are amazing. Not even comparable to the first two editions. Full color, color coded through features and eras and chapters. Its a joy to look at and read, not like the prior phone book/encyclopedia hybrids.

There is some great legacy content from the site, but also over 100+ new show reviews and stories, some outstanding features, a bunch of outstanding writing that has never been seen before. Setlists and show notes slightly edited, reformatted, trimmed. Song histories all cleaned up.

And then the original artwork - the series seriously gives me chills. And a metric buttlload of amazing photography that has never been published before. This will be the best collection of phish-related photography ever published in one spot.

All that, and I'm sure I'm forgetting some stuff.

Bottom line is, we recognized that exact question, and did our best to address it.
This is not just a great phish book, or rock and roll book. It's an outstanding book. Period.

, comment by bluefox
bluefox well dang. i would like to be holding that.
, comment by Screaming_jay
Screaming_jay Looks great team, can't wait to get my hands on it.

Do we have to wait for Amazon for international shipping or with Mockingbird store start shipping to a wider region?
, comment by Destiny_Unhinged
Destiny_Unhinged I can't seem to find the dimensions listed. Can anyone from .Net comment on the size of the book?
, comment by pzerbo
pzerbo @Destiny_Unhinged said:
I can't seem to find the dimensions listed. Can anyone from .Net comment on the size of the book?
6.5" (w) x 9" (h), ~2" thick.
, comment by TwiceBitten
TwiceBitten @bertoletdown said:
@TwiceBitten said:
question for @bertoletdown or whoever is "in charge" here... I own a record and book shop...are you doing wholesale on this book for people like me who wish to stock it? feel free to respond via email (deepthoughtsjp@gmail.com) or .net PM....
A: That's awesome.

B: Not sure! There were a list of questions we anticipated but that was not necessarily one of them. We'll talk internally and get back with you soon. It may be a few days. Hope that is okay.
sounds good. but yeah...you're definitely gonna want to get it out into shops. have you solicited all the major book retailers out there?
, comment by MarcoEsc
MarcoEsc @TwiceBitten said:
@bertoletdown said:
@TwiceBitten said:
question for @bertoletdown or whoever is "in charge" here... I own a record and book shop...are you doing wholesale on this book for people like me who wish to stock it? feel free to respond via email (deepthoughtsjp@gmail.com) or .net PM....
A: That's awesome.

B: Not sure! There were a list of questions we anticipated but that was not necessarily one of them. We'll talk internally and get back with you soon. It may be a few days. Hope that is okay.
sounds good. but yeah...you're definitely gonna want to get it out into shops. have you solicited all the major book retailers out there?
I have sent you an e-mail to discuss getting the book into your record and book store. We would love to extend our reach via fan-owned businesses.

Our initial push is to sell the book directly to fans. Frankly, we invested a lot in this book, regularly opting for highest quality where other publishers might cut corners. Full color, high quality paper, premium stitching and an amazing cover lead to a book that is not cheap to produce. But by selling it directly to our fans and supporters (and we do think we know where a lot of you hang out...) we look forward to lots of direct sales, each of which earns us some real money that lets us both pay the printers, and fund more amazing grants for the kids.

Very soon Dry Goods will offer the book, and it will be available from us on Amazon.com, with fulfillment done by Amazon. As to how hard we will press to get the book into other shops, that's yet to be seen. But let's start with your record store and see where we can go from there.
, comment by ianremsen
ianremsen Holy hell, this looks like an essential tome. Totally on my list.
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