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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 64 Reviews

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  • Location: New York City, New York
  • Duration:  2 hours (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the New York City Original Rock 'n' Roll Walking Tour. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Brilliant! Bobby was an excellent tour guide, took us to loads of cool places and had lots of great rock n roll stories about the East Greenwich Village. Well recommended and will do the other tour when I visit next!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Really interesting and a very knowledgeable guide. Would thoroughly recommend doing this tour to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Could not recommend this tour highly enough
A must for the serious music fan
Bobby is a highly entertaining informative guide and the tour was a very enjoyable part of our trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Absolutely fantastic tour, so many wonderfuly sites and great stories to go with them

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

This was a great walking tour with a very knowledge and engaged tour guide - Bobby Pin. He comepletely engaged my tow teenage nephews who see themselves as experts on the music of the 60s and 70s. Absolutely a highlight of our trip to NYC - would highly recommended to anyone wanting to know more (and see the actual sights) of so much of the history of rock from this time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Really enjoyed this. Thank you

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2013

We had a great time on this walking tour our guide Bobby Pinn was a great guy he was passionate about New York rock and roll and the bands that have made a name for themselves here. He showed the iconic sights and made the tour very interesting. I would recommend this tour for music fans and those who would like to find out more.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

If you are a fan of contemporary music this tour is a must. Bobby Pinn is literally a walking encyclopedia of not just rock n roll but jazz/blues as well. Lower east side really came alive after this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

A brilliant, informative and personal highlight of my holiday. Bobby Pin was a brilliant tour guide, passionate and knowledgable on the history and area and I cannot wait to return and do the west village tour next year. Oh and his book is awesome. Many thanks.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2012

The only tour we had booked in advance! If you are interested in Rock music, Punk, or just want to hear about interesting characters from an excellent, knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide, then this is a MUST! Bobby Pinn could well be a legend in the NY scene.. he has actually 'walked the walk', he's not an outsider reading from a script.. well, ok he has some accompanying visual aids, but he obviously lives, breathes and cares for the stuff he talks about. That was equally as important as the tour itself for us. If you want to know why the New York Dolls posed outside The Gem Spa on the back cover of the first LP then he will tell you. If you want to see where Charlie Parker, Madonna, or Iggy Pop lived then he will show you. You too can see the very wall featured on the cover of the first Ramones LP!. And hearing the story of why it was this wall is pretty funny.... that's what Bobby brings to it, lots of anecdotal stuff along with the 'I Was There' knowledge. You won't resist buying his book which he shamelessly plugged at the end of the tour either, before pointing us in the direction of William Burroughs' old haunt, The Bunker. Can't recommend this enough!!!!!!!!! Oh, and if you're reading this Bobby, we sadly never did get to try an egg cream.... perhaps next time????!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2012

Bobby Pinn is so knowledgable and his tour was one of the highlights of my trip to NY. He made it really interesting by providing photos of the buildings etc as they were back in the day and the 2 hours flew in. He didn't make us feel rushed and didn't bombard us with facts and figures-just enough to get a feel for what he was talking about. I will be recommending this tour to my friends.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2012

A fabulous tour! If you want to do something different and have a great experience finding out about the history of rock music in the East Village, then this is the tour for you! Even if you are not a major rock fan, you can still really enjoy this tour. Bobby Pinn is an amazing tourguide. He is so enthusiastic and knowledgeable- he clearly loves music and loves New York. My boyfriend and I were fascinated by everything Bobby told us and showed us. One of the highlights of our week in New York.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2012

I did this tour mostly for my husband, but I actually really enjoyed it. The guide, "Bobby Pinn" was very knowledgeable. This was a fun tour! My favorite part was the site of Led Zeppelin's album cover.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2012

tour was fantastic, our guide larry was so knowledgeable and made the day really interesting the 2 hour tour nwent ablut 3 hours and we would have continued if we could have . a great time

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2012

The highlight of our trip to NYC. Truly amazing how many rock and roll icons performed and lived within such a small area. Your guide knows his stuff and encourages coming back to the area to support the local shops. Make sure to get an egg cream drink.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2011

Really enjoyed this tour, Ron our guide was great, full of rock n roll knowledge, great way of seeing parts of Manhatten that we probably wouldn't have seen if we hadn't done this tour, would highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2011

One of the best tours I've ever been on! Only complaint is that it wasn't long enough :) There is so much to see and Bobby Pinn is so knowledgable that I could have listened to him for hours.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2011

This was the coolest part of our trip to NYC by far. Bobby was informative and entertaining. The sites we saw, combined with the stories he told, made it feel like we were back in the formative years of American punk. I bought his book after the tour and we were able to check out other areas of the city that held some great rock history.
Thanks again for the great tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2011

If you are looking for something different and interested in music, then you will enjoy this tour.

Robert S
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2011

My best 2 hours in New York! Utterly fascinating to an old punk rocker like me. I would recommend this tour, conducted by the excellent Bobby Pinn, to anyone with a love of 60s/70s/80s music. The day we went on the tour, Roberta Payne happened to walk by - she did the classic photo for the Ramones first album. Another great aspect of the tour is that it gets you off the beaten tourist track and gives you a glimpse of an up and coming part of NYC which has that bohemian, creative, alternative edge you find in Camden Town in London. Great tour, I recommend it without hesitation.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2011

Absolutely fantastic tour with Bobby Pinn. My husband is a massive music fan and loved it. Even if you're not the biggest music fan it's still a very enteraining tour. I learnt loads of things I didn't know and Bobby has some very good stories to tell. A must if you want to do something a little different.

Katie C
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2011

It was a windy super rainy day and still the tour was intresting entertaining and informative seriously great from start to finish.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2011

Throughly enjoyed the Rock n Roll tour, would recommend it to anyone. Lots of interesting things to see.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2010

Was unable to attend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2010

Bobby Pinn really knows his stuff and the trip was above my expectations ! A pleasant walk through rock-history. The only improvement I can mention is a drink-stop at the Manitoba's bar

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