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Wally Trumbull’s New York: The Chelsea Hotel

Summer 1978 was rough on Wally Trumbull, who was kicked out of Television — for his electronic drum set — and dropped by Taschen for his “aggravating indecision” to use crayons and Edison-era cameras for the “Columbu: Cruising” biographical (Franco) oversize. Hurt, Wally moved into The Chelsea Hotel and joined the neighborhood’s nascent weight-lifting community, gaining 30 pounds of lean muscle and a facial tic by Labor Day. He had convinced several of The Hotel’s guests to join him on his three-hour (mostly outdoor) sessions, including one Sid Vicious, who for some reason wasn’t gaining much weight. Worried, Wally arrived at Vicious’ room on Oct. 12, bearing cups of isolated protein to find the musician and his girl, Nancy Spungen, laying on the floor. Wally alerted authorities — a first for him — and became distraught enough to quit weightlifting outright. He would later bill Spungen’s estate for the cost of the shakes.

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