March 09, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Run Like an Antelope: On the Road With Phish

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Pop Culture, Nonfiction
We gave it a C-

According to the author, following Vermont’s finest jam band, Phish, is the last chance America’s youth has to ramble on the road with Kerouacian abandon. Too bad our narrator isn’t much of a wanderer. In Gibbon’s diary-style account of a month on summer tour with the culty caravan of old-style hippies and young trustafarians, we hear plenty about his mundane struggles with sluggish traffic and in-the-clouds crowds, and even more about his reluctance to play reporter. But life in the Phishbowl beyond the grilled cheeses and ganja brownies, nitrous tanks and narcs remains a smoky haze. Don’t bother taking a puff of this stuff … just pass. C-

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