Showing posts with label David Peel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label David Peel. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Mosaic Man's smokin' tribute to David Peel on Astor Place



Jim Power created a tribute on one of his mosaic lightpoles on Astor Place to honor the late David Peel ... and there's a detail that the longtime East Village resident — known for his 1960s anthem "I Like Marijuana" — would likely appreciate...



Peel died on April 6. He was 73.

Thanks @edenbrower!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Remembering David Peel



Friends of David Peel turned out yesterday afternoon to honor the musician during a memorial wake at the Peter Jarema Funeral Home on Seventh Street...



Later, there was a singing tribute of his music in Tompkins Square Park...







The longtime East Village resident — known for his 1960s anthem "I Like Marijuana" and later for collaborations with John Lennon and Yoko Ono — died on April 6. He was 73. (The Times has a feature obituary here.)

His burial is tomorrow morning at 11 at Calverton National Cemetery in Riverhead, N.Y.

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Top two photos by Chris F.

Bottom three photos by Steven

Friday, April 14, 2017

Memorial and singing tribute for David Peel tomorrow



There's a Memorial Wake for David Peel at the Peter Jarema Funeral Home, 129 E. Seventh St. between Avenue A and First Avenue, tomorrow from 3-7. (The flyer via Facebook incorrectly states 4-7.) Afterwards, there will be a singing tribute of his music in Tompkins Square Park.

The longtime East Village resident died on April 6. He was 73.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

RIP David Peel


[Photo in Tompkins Square Park in 2010 by Shirley Dluginski]

Musician David Peel, a longtime East Village resident and fixture at marches and demonstrations the past five decades, died today. He was 73.

Last Friday, Peel suffered a massive heart attack and was in critical condition at the VA Hospital. He was expected to have bypass surgery this week.

He is best known for his seminal counter-culture albums, such as 1968's "Have a Marijuana" on Elektra Records, with his band the Lower East Side.

His 1972 record "The Pope Smokes Dope" on Apple was produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

He was born David Rosario on Aug. 1, 1943 in Brooklyn. He served for several years in the Army.

According to an obituary at Celebstoner:

With the '60s countercultural revolution beginning to take shape, Peel moved to San Francisco, where he dove into the new hippie scene. When Peel came back to New York, he picked up a guitar and started writing songs and leading singalongs in Washington Square Park.

Peel took the name because he was prone to smoking banana peels. "It looked like grass," he told High Times in 1977. "We kept it in vials and called it banana grass."

One day in 1968, Elektra Records A&R rep Danny Fields heard Peel and his gang of protestors singing in the park. In the 2015 documentary, "Danny Says," Peel recalled:

"I met Danny Fields in 1968, He brought me to Max's Kansas City and bought me a steak dinner. How could I say no to a steak dinner when I was used to eating pizza all my life on the street?"

Fields signed David Peel & the Lower East Side to a two-record contract.



An April 2012 feature in The New York Times noted how a new generation had discovered Peel.

He was a regular last fall at the Occupy Wall Street movement’s Zuccotti Park encampment, and now shows up in Union Square to jam with the Occupy protesters there.

Peel was also a regular during the summer concerts in Tompkins Square Park. He lived on Avenue B. He was unmarried and didn't have any known family members.

His friend Steve Bloom wrote for Celebstoner:

Wherever Peel was, with his loud voice and boisterous personality, you couldn't miss him ... Peel, who answered the phone, "Yo, yo, yo" and had a characteristic stutter, will be missed.

The Times article from 2012 noted that "he planned to continue to sing on the streets and in the parks downtown 'until the day I drop dead and go to rock ’n’ roll heaven.'"

Updated: Billboard published an obituary here.



Saturday, April 1, 2017

Best wishes to David Peel


[Photo of David Peel, 2nd from left, from last summer by Steven]

Several readers have passed along word that longtime LES resident David Peel suffered a heart attack yesterday.

Here's an update from a friend of the musician: "After life-saving open heart surgery, David Peel is on a pump resting in the hospital but he needs additional surgery, next week, to remove critical blockages."


As The New York Times noted in a 2012 profile, Peel was "a fixture at counterculture marches and demonstrations beginning in the late 1960s."

He is best known for his seminal counter-culture albums, such as 1968's "Have a Marijuana" on Elektra Records, with his band the Lower East Side.

His 1972 record "The Pope Smokes Dope" on Apple was produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Here's footage of Peel and the Lower East Side performing with Lennon and Ono in December 1971 on "The David Frost Show"...



Peel remains a regular presence at summer concerts in Tompkins Square Park.

H/T Rob D.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

David Peel sessions in Tompkins Square Park today



Here's David Peel and company in Tompkins Square Park today... not sure what what they were up to (practice?) ... sorry that we missed them...





Photos by Bobby Williams.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

At the Christodora Sunday night (oh, tonight!)

As we (OK, I) had mentioned earlier, tonight at 8 was the date for David Peel's birthday bash next to the Christodora. I was there a little before 8, and watched the cops prepped and ready for...


nothing. The party stayed in Tompkins Square Park, I was told. I stood in front of the Christodora anyway. Around 8:45, an officer walked up and told the troops to remove the barricades. I asked a police officer if this meant nothing was going to happen there. He, quite honestly, barked (wolfed?), "unless you know something that I don't." OK! All the police officers got into their respective vehicles and left...except for two lone officers, who were told to stand guard "just in case."


Several protestors did show up later with an "Imprison Bush" banner. There was a little shouting -- did a resident throw something at a protestor?


Meanwhile, on the way to the event, I started taking photos of the Christodora for whatever reasons...







Bob Arihood has many photos from yesterday's festivities in the Park.

Friday, August 1, 2008

An evening with David Peel

Bob Arihood has the details on David Peel's post-concert birthday bash Sunday night at 8 in front of the Christodora.

On Jan. 13, 1972, Peel and company performed with John Lennon and Yoko Ono on The David Frost Show. Aron "The Pie Man" Kay has a clip of the performance on YouTube.



Meanwhile, here's a video of Peel at the July 11 "let them eat cake" protest at 47 E. 3rd St.



For further protest reading on EV Grieve, here's where to go.