Peter Stampfel

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Peter Stampfel
Born (1938-10-29) October 29, 1938 (age 85)
OccupationAssociate editor at DAW Books
Spouse(s)Betsy Wollheim (1970s-present, as of 2020); Antonia (a.k.a. Barbara Ann Goldblatt, 1960s–1970s, d. 2017)[1][2][3][4]
Musical career
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
Instrument(s)fiddle, violin, guitar, banjo
Years active1963–present

Peter Stampfel (born October 29, 1938, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin[5]) is an American fiddle player, old-time musician, and singer-songwriter.


Stampfel is best known as a member of the Holy Modal Rounders, a psychedelic folk band that he founded with Steve Weber in the early 1960s.[6] He was also briefly a member of the Fugs and has been the leader of several musical projects, including the Bottlecaps, the Du-Tels, and the WORM All-Stars. He has performed with They Might Be Giants, the Roches, Richard Barone, Yo La Tengo, Bongwater, Jeffrey Lewis, Michael Hurley, Baby Gramps and Loudon Wainwright III.[7]


Music Critic Robert Christgau has asserted that “next to Bob Dylan, Stampfel is the closest thing to a genius" to come out of the New York folk revival scene of the 1960's.[8]

Stampfel performs in 2012



  1. ^ Vila, Benito (February 27, 2019). "Peter Stampfel: The Last Holy Modal Rounder Tells All". Please Kill Me. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  2. ^ "Antonia Duren". Discogs. 2017. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  3. ^ McFadden, John (2007). Bear Suit Follies: The Songs, Stories and Letters of Antonia. ISBN 978-0615137735.
  4. ^ Sisario, Ben (March 6, 2020). "Steve Weber, 76, a Founder of an Influential Folk Band, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  5. ^ Layne, Joslyn. "Peter Stampfel". Allmusic. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "Welcome to the weird world of Peter Stampfel". The Irish Times. December 8, 2001. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  7. ^ Gross, Jason (September 1996). "Peter Stampfel interview". Perfect Sound Forever. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  8. ^ The Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose (2006), retrieved September 8, 2023
  9. ^ "The Fugs - Virgin Fugs Album Reviews, Songs & More | AllMusic". AllMusic.

External links[edit]

  • Interview on Stampfel's folk beginnings, New York City in the 1950s and collaborations, with Jersey Beat