30 Musical, Literary and Cultural Reasons to Celebrate 30 More Years of Phish: Part Three

30 Musical, Literary and Cultural Reasons to Celebrate 30 More Years of Phish: Part Three

By Katherine Factor

Far from just a quirky jam band, Phish pays tribute to the great legacy of mythology in culture. 7 May 2015 // 2:02 AM

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30 Musical, Literary and Cultural Reasons to Celebrate 30 More Years of Phish: Part Three

Far from just a quirky jam band, Phish pays tribute to the great legacy of mythology in culture.

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