David Peel

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John and Yoko needed a vehicle for voicing their uproar and Peel, who was already a major part of the Street - underground scene was a good connection. Along with Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman and many other radical activists of the early '70's, Lennon would go on to compose his infamous "Sometime In NYC" album for Apple Records, while producing an Apple album for Peel's band as well. 

David Peel. America's "Rock 'n' Roll Outlaw", embodies perhaps more than any other musician alive today, the spirit of the late John Lennon.
Lennon once compared Peel to artist, Pablo Picasso. The former Beatle confided in Andy Warhol's "INTERVIEW" magazine, that "producing David Peel was the highest point in his life".

John Lennon recalled first seeing David Peel, and his street assembled version of the "Lower East Side Band", performing in front of a large crowd in Washington Square Park, in 1971. "He was shouting, why do you have to pay to see stars?" says Lennon. "I was embarrassed. I thought surely he must know I'm here. Yoko and I loved his music, his spirit and his philosophy of the street."

Ignoring the objections by "certain" former members of The Beatles, John and Yoko still signed Peel to Apple Records. David's first effort for Apple - an album entitled "The Pope Smokes Dope", which had immediately set off an International furor. The record was banned in nearly every country of the world, except for the United States, Canada and Japan.

The controversy was a bit reminiscent of Lennon's offhanded remark that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus Christ."

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