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Published: 2014/02/14

Phish’s "Golgi Apparatus," "Wilson" Co-Writer Running for Congress

Aaron Woolf—a filmmaker best known amongst jamband fans as co-writer of the Phish classics “Golgi Apparatus” and “Wilson”—is running for Congress. JamBase is reporting that Woolf has earned the unanimous support of all 12 Democratic Party chairs in New York’s 21st Congressional district, and will now be campaigning for the seat.

According to, Woolf helped his friends Trey Anastasio, longtime Phish lyricist Tom Marshall and Dave Abrahams pen “Golgi Apparatus” during an eighth grade science class at the Princeton Day School.

Apparently, Woolf was unaware that his song had become something of a hit until many years later, when he heard it at a party in California. Dog Gone Blog recounts a 1991 interview in which Anastasio explains:

“My friend Aaron didn’t even know that this whole band existed or anything, like a year ago; he had no idea about any of this. And I’m telling you, Golgi Apparatus was something we used to sing every day at school, in eighth grade, at least fifteen years ago. I got him to come to this gig at the Marquee and we did Golgi and he was standing there just freaking out. But the thing was that he had actually heard it — that’s not the whole story; I just remembered, the whole story is that he was at a party in California. He had no idea about the band, and somebody put it on the stereo, (that’s right, ’cause then I met this other guy who told me that he was at the party with him) and Aaron started going “I wrote this! I wrote this!” And they went, “No, man, this is Phish.” So he says, “What are you talking about — I wrote this!” The “whole thing…”runs like a junkyard dog”

Woolf—who has no prior political experience—has also received acclaim for his documentaries. His film King Corn aired on PBS and won a George Foster Peabody Award in 2008.

The 2014 Congressional elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4.


There are 10 comments associated with this post

rf February 14, 2014, 14:57:29

that is an awesome story. good luck to this guy

Don Dandy February 14, 2014, 15:23:13

Co-wrote a song with Anastasio in the 8th grade which later became a Phish song and has no political experience. He would make a fine congressman.

Brian O'Connell February 14, 2014, 15:24:08

King Corn is an AWESOME documentary, everyone needs to see it now!

thedoovs February 15, 2014, 08:05:29

I agree with his policies on the finance box.

Kramer February 15, 2014, 10:37:10

Didn’t phish write all their lyrics in 8th grade?

Sean February 16, 2014, 09:04:10

I give credit to people that attempt to swim upstream through a river of excrement. I hope Aaron is doing it for the right reasons.

Norma stitz February 16, 2014, 11:41:54


Tenny Chicken February 16, 2014, 14:43:31

The song debuts for Phish in 1986. The song is on Junta, released in 1988. Phish performs at th Marquee in 1990.
Unless he happened to hear a Phish show on tape in CA between the years 1986 – 1988, which I admit is possible, shouldn’t he have been receiving royalty checks?

LuLu Jones February 17, 2014, 14:23:26

PHISH sent him a signed copy of JUNTA plus Trey included a signed photo of their 8th grade class. Jon Fishman also recently sent a couple of his muumuu’s which Woolf will wear while campaigning to attract PHISH fan votes.

gumby February 18, 2014, 12:41:32

Stop this people, stop it right now! If pish paid everyone who wrote their words, they would be dirt poor still living in butttown. Is that what you want? Is it? What about burk and bill and the boys, and that late night rap session that turned into, well, you know the story. At least richard is finally getting checks for his two.

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