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1994 was part of an era before cell phones and ubiquitous Internet. Trying to escape the oppressive New Mexico heat, David "ZZYZX" Steinberg spent that summer driving around the country seeing a band. Phish was at a turning point in their career, still playing clubs and small theatres, but about to break into mainstream popularity. From Las Cruces to Vancouver, Canada, bac 1994 was part of an era before cell phones and ubiquitous Internet. Trying to escape the oppressive New Mexico heat, David "ZZYZX" Steinberg spent that summer driving around the country seeing a band. Phish was at a turning point in their career, still playing clubs and small theatres, but about to break into mainstream popularity. From Las Cruces to Vancouver, Canada, back to New Mexico and across the nation to Trenton, New Jersey, David saw twenty-six Phish concerts that summer. Bringing the wry sense of humor and random digressions that have made his daily "Phish Stats" Facebook updates a favorite of veteran fans and newbies alike, this book details the journey he took in the summer of '94. Between pointing out the best rest stop locations and explaining how to accidentally infuriate the band that he loves, ZZYZX brings the richness of tour to life. If you've ever wondered why someone would pack up their car with nothing but a tour calendar and a few cases of soda to sell, come along for the ride. There's always room for one more.


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1994 was part of an era before cell phones and ubiquitous Internet. Trying to escape the oppressive New Mexico heat, David "ZZYZX" Steinberg spent that summer driving around the country seeing a band. Phish was at a turning point in their career, still playing clubs and small theatres, but about to break into mainstream popularity. From Las Cruces to Vancouver, Canada, bac 1994 was part of an era before cell phones and ubiquitous Internet. Trying to escape the oppressive New Mexico heat, David "ZZYZX" Steinberg spent that summer driving around the country seeing a band. Phish was at a turning point in their career, still playing clubs and small theatres, but about to break into mainstream popularity. From Las Cruces to Vancouver, Canada, back to New Mexico and across the nation to Trenton, New Jersey, David saw twenty-six Phish concerts that summer. Bringing the wry sense of humor and random digressions that have made his daily "Phish Stats" Facebook updates a favorite of veteran fans and newbies alike, this book details the journey he took in the summer of '94. Between pointing out the best rest stop locations and explaining how to accidentally infuriate the band that he loves, ZZYZX brings the richness of tour to life. If you've ever wondered why someone would pack up their car with nothing but a tour calendar and a few cases of soda to sell, come along for the ride. There's always room for one more.

34 review for This Has All Been Wonderful: A Travel Monologue From Summer 1994: The Year Phish Became Phish

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Ok - I loved this book, but I'll be straight: it's for a niche audience. Non-fans simply won't get it. Younger fans might be put off by "back-in-the-day" vibe. Finally, the author isn't a natural narrative writer, something I suspect he knows. But damn, these stories connect personally. Summer '94 was my first tour, a 20 year old noob from Tennessee traveling the Midwest and Northeast for the first time. Steinberg writes with the authentic voice of those swapping stories on the lot. It brought m Ok - I loved this book, but I'll be straight: it's for a niche audience. Non-fans simply won't get it. Younger fans might be put off by "back-in-the-day" vibe. Finally, the author isn't a natural narrative writer, something I suspect he knows. But damn, these stories connect personally. Summer '94 was my first tour, a 20 year old noob from Tennessee traveling the Midwest and Northeast for the first time. Steinberg writes with the authentic voice of those swapping stories on the lot. It brought me a flood of great memories from a transformative month of my life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Drew Walko

    A fun, relatively quick read. Evokes well the scene of going to Phish shows in the early to mid '90s, when the band's popularity exploded. I really enjoyed the anecdotal road-story nature of the book, so it never was just a collection of show reviews, as much as the story of the journey from show to show, with the highlights of the concerts themselves sprinkled in. Recommended, especially for fellow long-time Phish fans. A fun, relatively quick read. Evokes well the scene of going to Phish shows in the early to mid '90s, when the band's popularity exploded. I really enjoyed the anecdotal road-story nature of the book, so it never was just a collection of show reviews, as much as the story of the journey from show to show, with the highlights of the concerts themselves sprinkled in. Recommended, especially for fellow long-time Phish fans.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Houle

    All in all a good read with great insights into tour on the year the Phish exploded. Jealous of those experiences. Wish I had been there. Definitely inspired me to listen to more 94 Phish.

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