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David Peel & the Lower East Side - 1970 - The American Revolution
David Peel is a New York-based musician who first recorded in the late 1960s with Harold Black, Billy Joe White, Larry Adams and Dean White, performing as David Peel and the Lower East Side. Though his raw, acoustic "street rock" with lyrics about marijuana and "bad cops" appealed mostly to hippies at first, the sound and DIY ethic make him an important early performer of punk rock music. He has performed with artists ranging from B. B. King to Stevie Wonder to the Plastic Ono Band and GG Allin. David Peel and the Lower East Side Band was one of the first bands to regularly perform on cable TV in Manhattan on the public access channel of Manhattan Cable Television, as well as at the first Smoke-In concerts sponsored by the Yippies in New York City in Central Park. John Lennon devoted the first stanza of his "New York City" to David Peel. Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono subsequently produced Peel's third album, The Pope Smokes Dope. Concerned about major label censorship, Peel founded Orange Records to release his own recordings and also those of other independent artists such as: GG Allin & The Jabbers and Mozarts People. Peel is still actively recording and performing his music, planning the release of a CD-ROM-based book of photographs and enjoying a new audience through online services such as iTunes. The Japanese label, Captain Trip Records, has released an extensive boxed set of his music. David Peel recorded two successful albums on Elektra Records: Have a Marijuana and The American Revolution, establishing himself as one of the founders of what was to become the punk and new wave movements in England and America.
01 - Lower East Side 02 - Pledge Of Allegiance 03 - Legalize Marijuana 04 - Oink Oink 05 - I Want To Get High 06 - I Want To Kill You 07 - Girls Girls Girls 08 - Hey Mr. Draft Board 09 - God 10 - I'm A Runaway