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Album Review

For this 1994 album, David Peel returned to his roots, releasing what amounted to an audio newspaper, built on then-recent events such as the Los Angeles riots; his singing style is no more sophisticated than it ever was, but the playing is surprisingly deft and solid, with a suitably jagged punk-influenced guitar part on "Riot in America," and similar flourishes throughout. "Riot Rock" is strangely spellbinding in its mix of rage, nostalgia, and travelogue, and displays a crude but compelling honesty in its mix of amateurish vocalizing and solid music-making; and it hardly matters that it's a thematic repeat of the preceding track. One begins here to understand the modern appeal of Peel's work: in the early '70s he was a novelty act, but he was willing to express anger and rage in unbridled terms yet, in a manner better than a lot of more celebrated bands, turns it into something hypnotically compelling with just the right musical trimmings.

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Biography

Genre: Rock

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 bandmates and who were eponymously called the Lower East Side, he recorded two groundbreaking albums of social reflections, urban tales, and hippie mythology for Elektra Records. The first, entitled Have a Marijuana, was released in 1968. The second, The American Revolution, was released in 1970. Both were...
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War and Anarchy, David Peel with Wayne Kramer (MC5)
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 1994

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