«David Peel & the Lower East Side» - biography, albums, songs, video clips

David Peel was, and still is, a street musician and political activist from the Lower East Side of New York City. With a collection of friends who became his band, (dubbed The Lower East Side), he recorded two groundbreaking albums of social reflections, urban tales, and hippie mythology for Elektra Records. Both Have A Marijuana (1968) and The American Revolution (1970) were, as you might think from their titles, musical counterculture manifestos presented with guitars and grins.

Since these two Elektra albums, Mr Peel has continued to record and release albums which express his unique vision and musical viewpoints as well as remain active as an icon, advocate, and volunteer for social and political reform in which he strongly believes.

So return with us now to the time of pink prismed eyeglasses, hand-rolled patchouli incense, and colorfully patched denims. To the time of co-ed bodypainting, cross-country Volkswagen expeditions, and “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” played at full volume. To the time of peace, love, and understanding before cynicism became a full-time national sport.

Both Have A Marijuana and The American Revolution have been out of print in the United States for about a quarter of a century; neither has ever been released on compact disc in their country of origin. They are a must for your personal audio stash.