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Dean Budnick, A.M. '92, wants the world to know what it means to be a "phan." While sharing trivia about Phish, his favorite band, with his little sister and some friends on a road trip between Colorado concerts,
Dean Budnick, phan.
Drawing from his personal journal and collection of years of Phish bootleg tapes, Budnick has pulled together a detailed history of the band and its music, complete with a brief description of each Phish song, plus Phish-related jargon, and a compilation of great concerts and their set lists. He intended the book "to be so comprehensive that a fan with any level of knowledge would enjoy it." The writing process "wore me down," he admits. "Every waking hour I wasn't reading, I was listening to Phish. But," he adds, "I was very proud of the useless bits of information I found, the minutiae that would impress the true, hard-core phans."
When he is not on the road attending Phish concerts, Budnick is a Ph.D. candidate in the history of American civilization and a teaching fellow who is writing his dissertation on "celebrity trials and the construction of celebrity" in American society. He hopes eventually to teach a course "on bands throughout this century that developed a grassroots following, a course about how people cling to music and the role of bands in American culture." Until then, he says, Phish will remain for him "a very intense hobby."~Brooke Donovan