The music scene of 70s and 80s New York was one of the most active and tightly bound the world has ever seen―as well as, in hindsight, one of the most analyzed, assessed, discussed, and revered. That said, few members of the era are still living in the metropolis they made their mark on, and even fewer are still active members of the communities they helped launch into existence.
Liquid Liquid’s percussionist and vocalist, Sal P. is a rare exception. The man has been in Manhattan for over 30 years. Originally from New Jersey, he had a brief stint in San Francisco, and finally made his way out to NYC in ‘77, where he’s been ever since, first on the Upper West Side with the rest of the Liquids, and, eventually, in Greenwich Village, near Washington Square Park, where he’s been since the early 90s.
While Sal’s been a musician for the entirety of his adult life, he still holds on to the passion that came before it: cooking. In fact, the vegan amateur chef has honed his skills so well to the point where he started offering casual one-on-one cooking classes at his apartment. So, in an effort to chat with the legend in a slightly more intimate setting, we sent out New York based scribe Nik Mercer along with his girlfriend, Tiffany Bainbridge, for an evening of homemade pizza, gazpacho, plenty of wine, and enough time for a thorough, in-depth Q&A.