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reconstruction distant past
Formation of band called Crud to play clubs, dances, parties, etc., with John Lurie (blues harp), Evan Lurie (keys), SP (bass or rhythm guitar), Howard Root (bass), Eddie Lavessar (drums), or Mark Pluff (sp.?, drums), and at times an eccentric guitarist called Preston Wenchelbaum. To publicize the band a graffiti contest spontaneously took form, in which the participants had to write Crud (with a personal identification number - tag) in the most daring and risky places possible around the city. Another group (with Lurie brothers) was called Dean and the Dents, with a blues guitarist called Dean, who had a huskie dog with one brown eye and one blue eye. Highlights included hitchhiking trips in which we tried to get on stage with famous bands, or actually tried to get John Lurie up on stage with famous bands, because it was easier to hitchhike with harmonicas than with guitars and keyboards. We sneaked into dressing rooms and got acquainted with the group Canned Heat, and John actually played with them on stage in front of an audience of thousands at the Philadelphia spectrum.