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A History of Progressive Music and Youth Culture

Phishing in America


Dennis Carlson

Edited By Shirley R. Steinberg

The late Dennis Carlson uses the alternative nature of the Burlington, Vermont-bred band, Phish, and the larger impact of rock n’ roll to look at youth and revolutionary music culture. A History of Progressive Music and Youth Culture is designed for those who work with or teach young people to understand the nature and origin of musical commitment and devotion. For academics, the book traces a cultural study of rock which is unlike any other discussion of music or musicology published.

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Acknowledgments by Kent Peterson


In retrospect, Dennis was ill from the moment he conceived this book. We were simply not cognizant of that fact yet. By the time he eventually sought medical attention, we were greeted with the news of bladder cancer, stage four with metastasis to his bones. He had been working on this book project for just under two years when the oncologist told him he had maybe 12 months more to live. And thus, began the frantic race to finish what we had been casually calling the “Phish” book for months by then.

Jimmy Sallee, a dear friend and “phishing” buddy, needs to be acknowledged as the early inspiration for Dennis writing a book on this topic. Jimmy’s knowledge of the band called Phish and Dennis’s curiosity about the subculture surrounding the band sparked many conversations and shared stories. Through doctor’s appointments, medical scans, radiation, chemotherapy, minor surgeries, discomfort and pain, Dennis persisted daily in his writing determined to finish his final book. We took comfort in the anecdotes of other cancer patients who far outlived the estimated survival times given them by their doctors. Alas, in our case it was false hope. During his final year, as I struggled ←xi | xii→to provide him as much support as was possible, I was the beneficiary of friends who supported the both of us, sitting with him while I was away at work, providing home cooked meals and surrounding us both with love and comfort as his physical condition deteriorated....

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