David Peel (musician)

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David Peel
Peel cbgbs 2005.jpg
Background information
Birth nameDavid Michael Rosario
OriginLower East Side, U.S.
GenresProtopunk
Years active1968–Present
LabelsElektra Records, Apple Records, Orange Records
 
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David Peel
Peel cbgbs 2005.jpg
Background information
Birth nameDavid Michael Rosario
OriginLower East Side, U.S.
GenresProtopunk
Years active1968–Present
LabelsElektra Records, Apple Records, Orange Records

David Peel (born David Michael Rosario) is a New York-based musician who first recorded in the late 1960s with Harold Black, Billy Joe White, George Cori and Larry Adam performing as David Peel and The Lower East Side Band. His raw, acoustic "street rock" with lyrics about marijuana and "bad cops" appealed mostly to hippies.Note: The photograph of the band on the backside of the Have a Marijuana album was taken on the rooftop of the building where George Cori was living at that time: East 11th street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

In 1968, Peel was contracted by Elektra Records when he was first discovered, he recorded two "envelope pushers" for the label. His album Have a Marijuana peaked at 186 on the Billboard Charts.

Peel was rediscovered by John Lennon in 1971 as the early seventies continued its swing towards the youth revolution. Lennon was said to have befriended Peel when David was playing with his ragtag hippie band in New York's Washington Square Park (Greenwich Village). Lennon produced The Pope Smokes Dope for Peel. This album was banned in many countries and since has been sought after by collectors worldwide.

Peel appeared with Lennon at the John Sinclair Freedom Rally in Ann Arbor, Michigan on December, 1971.

In 1976 the independent labels Orange Records and Auravox Records released An Evening With David Peel (produced and engineered by Sherwin Winick). The LP was hailed as being a breakthrough recording by capturing the tumultuous mid 1970s American underground movement as well as the bubbling under of live recordings that have become a mainstay of the recording arts. Mix was finalized by Ron St. Germain (of Band 311 fame) at Ultrasonic recording studios in Hempstead, NY.

In 1995, the vinyl LP tracks from An Evening With David Peel were combined with two new multi-tracked studio recordings: "Junk Rock" and "I Hate You" (recorded at Right Track Studios, NYC) for a CD release: Up Against The Wall. In the additional studio recordings on the CD, Muruga Brooker (of Genesis fame) played his revolutionary "Electric Talking Drum" on the comeback hit "Junk Rock", production/engineering was by Sherwin Winick, additional sound engineering was by Steve Deutch. CD transfer was by Bob Katz of Digital Domain.

Discography[edit]

Peel's "Have a Marijuana" on display at the Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Peel in Washington Square Park, 1994 Pot Parade

Peel has appeared as himself in various films, including Please Stand By (1972), Rude Awakening (1989), High Times' Potluck (2004) and The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006).

In Jack Milton's film Please Stand By', Peel portrays and stars as a media hippie revolutionary, who hijacks a network television van and jams the airwaves with unauthorized radical broadcasts to the nation.

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