David Peel (musician)
Peel in 2005
|Birth name||David Michael Rosario|
|Born||August 3, 1942|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||April 6, 2017 (aged 74)|
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Protopunk, folk rock|
|Labels||Elektra Records, Apple Records, Orange Records|
David Peel (born David Michael Rosario; August 3, 1942 – April 6, 2017) was a New York City-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 and the disenfranchised.
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In 1968, Peel was contracted by Elektra Records when he was first discovered and recorded two "envelope pushers" for the label. His album Have a Marijuana peaked at No. 186 on the Billboard chart.
Peel was rediscovered by John Lennon in 1971 as the early seventies continued its swing towards the youth revolution. Lennon befriended Peel when David was playing with his ragtag hippie band in New York's Washington Square Park in 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.
In 1976 the independent labels Orange Records and Auravox Records released An Evening With David Peel. 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. The mix was finalized by Ron St. Germain (of Band 311 fame) at Ultrasonic recording studios in Hempstead, New York.
Peel has been associated with the "transgressive, shock" performer GG Allin, with Allin's debut album and early singles released by Peel's Orange record label. Allin would cover Peel's 'Devil's Prayer' and 'I Want to Kill You' and frequently cited him as a musical influence in interviews.
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 Booker (of Genesis fame) played his "electric talking drum" on the comeback hit "Junk Rock".
In 2011, Peel signed with Global Recording Artists. The David Peel Anthology, a career retrospective compiled by Peel with his favorite tracks from his entire career, was released in 2012. In 2011 through 2013, Peel was involved in the Occupy Wall Street protests at Zuccotti Park, in Union Square, and in other New-York-area locations. In addition to performing, Peel documented the protests via hundreds of photographs, some of which he released online. In 2013, David Peel and the Protesters released Up Against the Wall Street, an album of themed protest songs. In 2015, Peel was back to his fight for the legalization of marijuana, releasing his latest album as David Peel and the Lower East Side titled Give Hemp a Chance.
Peel was working on his book Rock and Roll Outlaw. A career retrospective book that will include his complete lyrics, concert posters and photos from his career. Peel performed live in New York City on a regular basis.
On March 31, 2017 Peel was escorted to the Veterans Administration hospital in Manhattan New York by fellow musician Joff Wilson, after complaining that he was not feeling well. He immediately suffered a series of three heart attacks upon his arrival. Peel died at the hospital on April 6, 2017. He was buried with full military honors at Calverton National Cemetery Wading River New York Section 53 Grave 3208 on April 17, 2017.
- 1968: Have a Marijuana
- 1970: The American Revolution
- 1972: The Pope Smokes Dope
- 1974: Santa Claus Rooftop Junkie
- 1976: An Evening with David Peel
- 1977: Bring Back the Beatles
- 1978: King of Punk
- 1979: "Junk Rock / I Hate You" (45 rpm single released under David Peel and Death)
- 1980: Death to Disco
- 1980: John Lennon for President
- 1984: 1984
- 1986: Search to Destroy
- 1987: John Lennon Forever
- 1987: World War III
- 1993: Anarchy in New York City
- 1994: Battle for New York
- 1994: War and Anarchy
- 1995: Noiseville
- 1995: Up Against the Wall
- 2002: Legalize Marijuana
- 2002: Long Live the Grateful Dead
- 2002: Rock 'n' Roll Outlaw
- 2004: Jirokichi Live at Koenji
- 2008: Marijuana Christmas
- 2012: Anthology
- 2013: Up Against the Wall Street
- 2015: Give Hemp A Chance
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.
- Kris Needs. "The tale of David Peel, the dope-smoking hippy who became the King of Punk". TeamRock.com. Retrieved 2016-03-22.
- Urish, Ben; Bielen, Kenneth G. (2007). The Words and Music of John Lennon. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 35–37. ISBN 9780275991807. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
- Grimes, William (April 9, 2017). "David Peel, Downtown Singer and Marijuana Evangelist, Dies at 74". The New York Times. Retrieved July 27, 2018.