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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.

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