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David Peel and the Lower East Side

  • The Pope Smokes Dope [Apple, 1972] E

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The Pope Smokes Dope [Apple, 1972]
The hippie as hype strikes again. Not that Peel isn't a "real" hippie--on the contrary, he's a case study in the moral inadequacy of authenticity. He's real, yes--and he's also stupid and hypocritical. In 1969 Danny Fields, then "house hippie" at Elektra, got Peel's Have a Marijuana onto the charts; now John Lennon's doing the same thing for this tuneless doggerel. It's enough to make you miss the Maharishi. E