Music: Phish Story

Vermont's best-kept secret edges up to fame

If any trace of the idealistic spirit that fueled the hippie music scene of the 1960s has survived into the skeptical '90s, one place to look for it might be southern Vermont, a region that has produced millionaire ice-cream philanthropists Ben and Jerry, a socialist mayor and, most interesting, the rock band Phish. Launched by guitarist Trey Anastasio and three buddies in a University of Vermont dorm room in 1983, Phish has built a hugely successful career as an underground band around the quaint notion that music can be used for building a sense of community, not just making money. As...

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