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Peter Stampfel

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  • Born: Wauwautosa, WI
  • Years Active: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s


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Peter Stampfel was born in Wauwautosa, WI, in 1938. He dropped out of the University of Wisconsin after attending for two years, and began supporting himself by playing music, living in New York, Florida, Chicago, and several cities in California. In 1963, Stampfel formed the folk-pop unit Holy Modal Rounders with his collaborator Steve Weber. Stampfel also played in the bands Bottle Caps (who released albums in 1986 and 1989) and the Fugs. In 1994, he and guitarist Gary Lucas began a duo, the Du-Tels, to play originals, and covers of Charlie Patton, the Stanley Brothers, and other such personal heroes. By 1999, Stampfel lived in lower Manhattan, active in the Du-Tels, working as a science fiction editor, and occasionally collaborating with Chicago's the Dysfunctionells.


Peter Stampfel (born October 29, 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American fiddle player, violinist and singer-songwriter. He is perhaps best known for his work in the psychedelic folk band The Holy Modal Rounders. Stampfel was also briefly a member of The Fugs and has been the leader of several musical projects including The Bottlecaps and the WORM All-Stars. He's also performed with They Might Be Giants, The Roches, Yo La Tengo, Bongwater, Jeffrey Lewis, Michael Hurley and Loudon Wainwright III.

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