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NYC Birth of Punk Tour

In this tour through Greenwich Village and the East Village, we'll see how punk rock developed — from forebears like the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, Jobriath and Suicide, to it's commercial peak in the late 70's with Patti Smith, the Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Richard Hell, and Blondie. Special attention is paid to punk's deep but often-overlooked roots in the city's LGBTQ+ community. We'll also discuss the larger history of the East Village, how the neighborhood impacted the music that came out of it, and how that music in turn transformed the neighborhood for decades to come.

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2 hours


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  • What's included :
    • Licensed NYC tour guide
    What's excluded :
    • Bottled water
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Lower Manhattan, New York City, NY

    - See where the Velvet Underground first met Andy Warhol and Nico
    - See where classic album cover photos of the Ramones, the New York Dolls, Blondie, Television, and the Velvet Underground were taken
    - See where Lou Reed and John Cale had some of their first rehearsals together
    - Learn where the word "punk" was first used as a genre name (it's not where you think)
    - Visit the loft where Kiss played their first Manhattan show, opening for transgender punk icon Jayne County
    - Visit a bar where the New York Dolls formed
    - Visit the record store where Patti Smith first met her bandmate Lenny Kaye
    - See pre-fame homes of members of the Ramones, Talking Heads, Suicide, and Robert Mapplethorpe
    - See where Lou Reed's infamous Take No Prisoners live album was recorded, Bruce Springsteen collaborated with Patti Smith, and Jobriath made his live debut
    - See where Nico made her post-Velvet Underground solo debut
    - See where David Bowie first saw the New York Dolls, Television, and the Velvet Underground
    - Visit the locations of legendary venues, including CBGB, the Mercer Arts Center, the Dom/Electric Circus, the Bottom Line, Cafe Bizarre, the Village Gate, and Club 82

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Departure Point :
    110 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012, USA
    Departure Time :
    2:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Saint Marks Place, St Marks Pl, New York, NY, USA
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Walk on the Wild Side Tours NYC

Activity ID: V-72519P2

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