The NYC Rock and Roll Tour: East Village

May 29, 2012 by

North America, Things to Do, Walking Tours

In New York City in the 1960s and 1970s, East Village was the place to hang if you wanted to hear rock ‘n’ roll and on this cool two-hour New York City Rock ‘n’ Roll walking tour you’ll learn all about the wild side of the East Village. Author, historian, and former music executive Bobby Pin leads you past the sites of famous musicians, legendary clubs, and iconic rock and roll landmarks, and tells the stories of how this area shaped rock, glam, and punk, and the debauchery that ensued along the way.

Where else can you see where Television, the Ramones, and Blondie played their first gigs? Where Iggy Pop and Charlie Park lived? Or where the New York Dolls shot their first album cover?

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The action starts on Third Avenue and 9th Street, near the famous Continental Club where Iggy Pop played a riotous gig in the 1990s. Then it’s down St. Mark’s Place, past the site of The Dom, where Andy Warhol first presented the Velvet Underground. See the Gem Spa, the longtime bodega famous for its egg cream, where the New York Dolls stood for a photograph of their influential 1973 debut. Sit on the steps Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Peter Tosh sat on for their “Waiting on a Friend” video, or take a photo in front of the building that graces the cover of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti album.

Joe Strummer Mural

Joe Strummer Mural

You’ll see where Iggy Pop once lived, Madonna’s first apartment, and the iconic Joe Strummer mural. The sites of CBGBs and the Fillmore East are iconic in their right, having hosted punk icons The Ramones, Blondie and The Damned at the former, and Frank Zappa, the Jeff Beck Group, The Doors, The Grateful Dead and The Who in the latter.

Bobby ends the  at CBGBs, providing everyone with a pamphlet of cool shops and cheap eats in the neighborhood.

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-William Travis

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