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The following is taken from the award-winning monograph "uke til u puke, 1991-1998: a retrospective," written by Spot Levin, for presentation during an academic conference and talent show in lower Manhattan, December 21, 1998..

 

 

Uke (Till U Puke)      

How many of us have truly witnessed history? How many of us can stand before God -- our Creator, Lord and Savior -- and say, "I saw your handiwork in action!  I alone experienced the magnificence of a divine moment!"  How many of us have seen the passing of a grain in the sands of time and absolutely, positively known that the world will never truly be the same again?  How many of us can say we saw Uke (Till U Puke) play the Pace University student union coffee house on the 15th day of March, 1991?  

It was an inauspicious event -- two couches, stale scones, surly undergraduates -- but the fifteen minute performance that ensued would send out a musical shockwave whose ramifications can still be felt nearly a decade later.  

On March 15, John Derevlany, a 26-year-old investigative journalist, and Robert Moritz, a 25-year-old teen magazine professional, plugged their matching pair of four-string soprano instruments (purchased for $20 apiece) into a dazzling array of electronic guitar effect pedals, pickups and vintage amplifiers to unleash what has subsequently been called "the world's first Ukulele Wall of Sound."  And so on that day, March 15, 1991, Uke (Till U Puke) was born.  

The rest, of course, is thoroughly documented history, but for the uninitiated here is a brief retrospective look at the legendary careers of two musical giants and the rise, fall, and rise again of Uke (Till U Puke): America's Premier Speed Ukulele Experience TM.

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