Excited about driving down to Madison with John where Neal has arranged a bit of a McLuhan appearance at the Big City Market on Wednesday night. We are putting together a version of Spiders in Neal's Basement off the album and Neal we will be helping Neal who is a regular there with the show. I hope that we don't wait another 46 years for the next performance! On a related note we were sad to learn just today that Marvin Krout had passed away in 2014. There was a wonderful article about Marvin in the Lincoln Journal Star and we are proud of the wonderful career and things he was able to accomplish as the City Planner in Lincoln. We wrote to the author of that article and let her know that Marvin probably didn't tell anyone about his musical accomplishments as he was extremely unassuming. Download Marvin Krout Obituary and Tribute from Lincoln Nebraska
Here is what I wrote to Nancy Hicks:
Hi Nancy –
I just ran into this nice tribute you paid to Marvin Krout when he passed. He was a special person and I thought I would send you something that you might find interesting. The reason I just now saw that Marvin had passed away was that he was in a Prog Rock band with us in 1971 in Chicago and three of us from the group are getting together in Madisonville Kentucky this week and actually performing at a local establishment there. This is after 46 years! The group was called “McLuhan” (as in Marshall McLuhan) and shortly after he left the group to pursue his architectural career we made an album produced by Brunswick Records in Chicago called “Anomaly”. If you google “Mcluhan Anomaly” you can hear the full album on YouTube that currently has 69,000 hits. One of the 4 compositions was written by Marvin. It was called “Spiders(In Neals Basement)” and we have decided to try to reproduce this composition at the Wednesday night performance at Big City Market in Madisonville.
Knowing Marvin I am sure he never mentioned this to anyone. He was very quiet and unassuming but highly talented and had a special insight to the world I remember that you could pick-up by just being around him. It sure looks like Marvin played a special role for the people in Lincoln. I think he made people around him better people.
Just wanted to let anyone who knew him there smile a bit and be proud.