Catching Up with David Peel on the Lower East Side

Posted on: April 30th, 2012 at 10:18 am by

“I am David Peel from the streets of the Lower East Side. Get high.” Damn straight. Words uttered from the legendary local strummer in a recent video produced by the New York Times.

Beneath the title “Still Rocking, on the Lower East Side,” the Gray Lady released a short clip about the countercultural artist and his recent involvement with the Occupy Wall Street movement in Union Square. It’s just about three minutes and definitely worth watching.

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  • Brandt Hardin

    The Occupy Movement is NECESSARY for our citizens to expose
    the corruption which Big Business has infected our Government with.  Every single person occupying the streets and
    protesting Corporations is a hero and a patriot.  I was compelled to lend a hand and create
    some new posters for the movement which you can download for free on my
    artist’s blog at

  • vladdrakul

    I played lead guitar for David Peel in 1980. Was on one of his albums but I never got to see or hear my work. I am 100 times better now. Didn’t think much of him at the time and only played with him because I was friends with his bass player; Stever Giordano A real cool guy.
    At the time he was doing rubbish songs like ‘New York City Marathon’ and not his old classics like ‘Have a Marijuana’ or The Lower Eastside’ (those two are classic punk hippie folk) . Still I am not bitter about that. I knew the guy was a chancer who made everything he could out of his 1 1/2 year relationship with John Lennon.
    Saw I him getting clever in ‘Flashback’ which has a scene with him doing ‘Have a marijuana’. He was clever and lucky; his song being redone as a smash techo hit ‘I wanna be a Hippie’ (very funny and better than the original in my opinion.
    I never wanted to get paid. I had something much more exciting to look forwards too. A session in Prince Studio’s with John Lennon coming in to do rhythm guitar (for Peel) when I was supposed to do the lead. 3 days before I was supposed to go John was murdered. I quit and went of to Berkeley California to take LSD and study Afro American music with Bill Cole; the creator of Afro.- American Studies who had played with John Coltrane and Miles Davis; two GIants.
    David Peel deserves some respect however after all these years. He is a genuine freak; and he supports legal weed and OWS as do I. I am almost finished recording 2 CD’s (20 pieces of psychedelic hard rock ala Hendrix/Led Zep/Jerry Garcia.Look out for *Foxy Lady’ (my only cover: out on you tube in 2-3 months!