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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  • 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!