Mittwoch, 22. März 2023

David Peel & The Lower East Side - The Pope Smokes Dope

David Peel is a New York-based musician who first recorded in the late 1960s, with Harold Black, Billy Jo White and Larry Adams performing as "The Lower East Side Band". Though his raw, acoustic "street rock" with lyrics about marijuana and "bad cops" appealed mostly to hippies at first, the sound and DIY ethic make him an important, if little-credited, early performer of punk rock.

He has performed with artists ranging from B. B. King to the Plastic Ono Band. The band was one of the first to regularly perform on cable TV in Manhattan on the public access channel of Manhattan Cable Television, as well as at the first Smoke-In Concerts sponsored by the Yippies in New York City in Central Park.

John Lennon mentioned Peel in the song "New York City". Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono subsequently produced Peel's third album, "The Pope Smokes Dope".

Concerned about major label censorship, Peel founded Orange Records to release his own recordings and also those of other independent artists such as: GG Allin & The Jabbers and Mozarts People.

Peel is still actively recording and performing his music, planning the release of a CD-ROM-based book of photographs. He has appeared in various films as himself, including Please Stand By (1974) and Rude Awakening (1989) and High Times Potluck (2004).

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