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A History of Progressive Music and Youth Culture

Phishing in America

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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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About the Team

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This book was built on rock n’ roll (I never imagined I would be quoting Starship). As Kent mentioned in his acknowledgments, I wanted to make sure the “Phish” book was published, however, after making the commitment, it was clear that I needed more than a bit of help. Full disclosure: while many will acknowledge that my blood pumps through rock veins, I have often noted there are bands I just don’t get…Phish was one of them, and Dennis Carlson knew this. He even noted to me that when I read his book, I would finally understand my own lack of cultural awareness. This given, it was a daunting task, to edit and complete a book which was written by the ultimate #1 fan of the damn band. I was determined to assemble a Phish Team. The notion of the rock n’ roll academic has only two meanings…. a kick ass scholar who breathes the music in between Foucauldian/Gramscian discourses, or a kick ass scholar/musician who alternates breaths between Habermas/Lennon-McCartney/Freire/Brian Wilson/Butler/Dylan. I opted for the latter ass kickers and brought in some big axes. These guys rose to the occasion, Bob Lake (guitar) and Michael MacDonald (every instrument on Earth) moved sentences, verses, filled in gaps and organized ←145 | 146→the book with their genius and fraternity. I love them both, respect them with abandon, thanking them from my soul. Two dear human beings were our external reviewers, saving my own ass more than once: Phil Anderson (drummer) was...

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