The Pope Smokes Dope

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The Pope Smokes Dope
David Peel - The Pope Smokes Dope.jpeg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 17, 1972
StudioRecord Plant Studios, New York City
GenreFolk rock
Length42:01 (vinyl edition)
56:04 (CD edition)
ProducerJohn Lennon, Yoko Ono
David Peel chronology
The American Revolution
The Pope Smokes Dope
Santa Claus Rooftop Junkie
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideE[2]

The Pope Smokes Dope is the third album by David Peel and The Lower East Side, released on April 17, 1972 through Apple Records.[3]


Peel, along with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, performed Peel's "The Ballad of New York", on The David Frost Show, with Lennon playing tea-chest bass.[4][5][6][7][8][9] The trio, joined by The Lower East Side Band, played several songs by Lennon and Ono.[9] This episode was recorded on December 16, 1971 and broadcast on January 13, 1972.[9][10]

The album was released on April 17, 1972.[11][12][13][14][15][16]

The CD was released in 2005 (by Orange Records International).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by David Peel.

Side one
1."I'm a Runaway"3:39
2."Everybody's Smoking Marijuana"4:06
3."F Is Not a Dirty Word"3:12
4."The Hippie from New York City"3:01
5."McDonald's Farm"3:13
6."The Ballad of New York City/John Lennon • Yoko Ono[17]"3:19
Side two
1."The Ballad of Bob Dylan"4:12
2."The Chicago Conspiracy"3:47
3."The Hip Generation"1:50
4."I'm Gonna Start Another Riot"2:37
5."The Birth Control Blues"4:48
6."The Pope Smokes Dope"2:15
Bonus tracks on CD edition
  1. "Amerika" (Edit) – 4:15
    • with Yoko Ono
  2. "How Did You Meet David Peel?" – 2:07
    • interview with John Lennon
  3. "Everybody's Smokin'" (Remix) – 7:41

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (1972) Peak
US Billboard 200[18] 191



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  4. ^ "Episode #4.84". 13 January 1972 – via
  5. ^ PS109VanBurenHigh (11 May 2013). "David Peel THE BALLAD OF NEW YORK CITY / JOHN LENNON - YOKO ONO" – via YouTube.
  6. ^ "John Lennon's Most Memorable — and Notorious — NYC Moments".
  7. ^ Spiardi, Dana (1 May 2017). "David Peel: The Dope-Smokin' Pope of the New York City Hippies".
  8. ^ "Peel the Lower East Side and Enjoy Pre-Punk Punk". 4 October 2011.
  9. ^ a b c Miles, Barry; Badman, Keith, eds. (2001). The Beatles Diary After the Break-Up: 1970-2001 (reprint ed.). London: Music Sales Group. ISBN 9780711983076.
  10. ^ Grimes, William (9 April 2017). "David Peel, Downtown Singer and Marijuana Evangelist, Dies at 74" – via
  11. ^ "The Pope Smokes Dope - Busy Beaver Button Museum".
  12. ^ "David Peel & the Lower East Side ~ 1972 ~ The Pope Smokes Dope - Oldish Psych and Prog".
  13. ^ "HoZac Records » David Peel".
  14. ^ "East Village icon David Peel in critical condition after heart attack". BrooklynVegan.
  15. ^ Zschau, Rebeat Digital - Guenter Loibl, Rico. "The Pope Smokes Dope". Rebeat-Artist-Camp.
  16. ^ Paul DeRienzo (23 May 2009). "David Peel on John Lennon and the FBI" – via YouTube.
  17. ^ "John Lennon The Ballad Of New York City US 7" vinyl single (7 inch record) (552232)".
  18. ^ "The Pope Smokes Dope - Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved October 31, 2012.

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