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Discover the three genres of music that helped form rock culture in New York City’s East Village on this guided, 2-hour rock walk. Rock, punk and glam helped introduce new music, rock ’n’ roll fashion and a way of life to the world. See where bands like the Ramones, the New York Dolls, the Velvet Underground, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop and others wrote music and played gigs. Soak up the rich musical history and get to know the East Village rock scene on the Original Rock ’n’ Roll Walking Tour.

Highlights

  • Two-hour rock 'n' roll tour of the East Village
  • See the sites where famous musicians played, lived and hung out
  • CBGBs, Electric Circus and former apartments of Joey Ramone, Iggy Pop and Madonna
  • Friendly and informative guide
  • Insider tips on the best places to eat, drink and shop in NYC
  • NEW Sunday Greenwich Village tour!

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What You Can Expect

New York City Original Rock 'n' Roll Walking Tour

Joey Ramone memorial at CB's, New York City

New York City’s original rock ’n’ roll walking tour begins in the historic East Village neighborhood, home of names like the Ramones, the New York Dolls, CBGB's, Andy Warhol, the Velvet Underground, the Fillmore East, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop and many more.

Find out where the musicians played gigs, where they lived, even where they shopped and shot album covers. Many of the landmarks on this rock walk have changed, but the memories continue to inspire bands of varied genres to this day. Explore the neighborhood’s rock history, focusing on the sites and the artists.

Check out CBGB, the legendary birthplace of New York City’s rock, punk and folk music scenes. See where Joey Ramone, Iggy Pop, Andy Warhol and Madonna lived. Visit the St. Mark’s Hotel and Trash and Vaudeville, an iconic shop for punk rock apparel. Find out why the Velvet Underground is recognized as one of the most important and influential bands of its era.

Embrace the rich musical history of this historic Lower East Side neighborhood and get ready to celebrate more than 40 years of rock and roll culture.

An additional Greenwich Village Rock Tour takes a look at the people and places that put “the Village” on the musical map — Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Animals, Bottom Line, Gerde’s Folk City, Bitter End, Woody Guthrie, Cafe Wha, Scrap Bar, Gas Light and plenty more.

Customer Reviews

Colin M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Highly recommend the Rock 'n' Roll walking tour,of the East Village,Bobby Pinn was very knowledgable taking us to some iconic sites with some great stories.

Christopher G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fantastic! Many thanks to Larry who really brought the Village to life and gave the three of us an unforgettable experience. Fans of Bob Dylan in particular will enjoy this tour as Larry's knowledge is encyclopedic and he is a gifted raconteur as you weave through the streets of Greenwich. Standing right where the cover photo for Freewheeling was shot will stay with me for a long time!
If you have a couple of hours to spend on a Sunday morning and you enjoy the music of the 60s this is a tour you should certainly consider. Recommended!

Eileen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wow! I took the West Village Rock 'n' Roll Walking Tour with Larry as our guide on 9/11/16 and would strongly encourage anyone with an interest in the history of music in the West Village to take this tour. Much of the tour focussed on His Royal Bobness Bob Dylan as we were shown various legendary sights from the 50's and 60's. I lived in the West Village myself in the late 60's but still learned a bunch from Larry's deep knowledge of Dylan as well as other musicians that haunt this great area of NYC. Full disclosure: Larry showed up in his Bruce Springsteen t-shirt, and, the big Bruce fan that I am, the vibe was excellent from the start and the tour itself continued on this upbeat note.
Wear comfortable shoes and expect to be on your feet for the full 2 hours. You will not be disappointed.

Cm Ayre a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Trip with Bobby Pinn added color to the already colorful East Village - perfectly suited to those with a layman's knowledge of Rock 'n' Roll like myself as well those who are the steeped in its history - 2 hours well spent!

Rubens M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very good for a Ramones fan like me! Go for it!

Dave K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We took the Sunday Greenwich Village tour. It was the best part of our trip to New York. Pittsburgh Larry is a great tour guide and provided us with lots of information/. I am recommending this tour to all my family and friends when they go to NYC

jewel f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour is for all the old school punk and rock n roll fans ! It was great, very cool :)

Thanks to our tour guide - Bobby Pin

Michelle A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Our group from Minneapolis booked this tour on a referral from a friend. We highly recommend you add this walking tour to your NYC itinerary. Bobby Pinn is a great tour guide. He's knowledgeable, fun and an overall great guy. This tour enhanced our NYC trip. We had a great time.

Leslie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Loved the tour guide- Bobby Pin! really great insight into the East Village!

Christoph R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour - fascinating.

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