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NYC: Birth of Punk Music Walking Tour

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Enjoy a fully guided walking tour and learn about the history of New York's punk music. Visit iconic locations and sites such as the place where the Velvet Underground met Andy Warhol and Nico.
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Duration 2 hours
Starting time 2:00 PM
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  • See where famous album covers were shot for bands like the Ramones
  • Visit infamous sites from the punk rock era in New York City
  • Learn about the New York City history of punk rock
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Learn how punk rock developed on this 2-hour guided walking tour and find out where the word punk was first used as a genre name. 

Explore important sites within Greenwich Village and the East Village. See the locations where 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, the loft where Kiss played their first Manhattan show, the record store where Patti Smith first met her bandmate Lenny Kaye and the bar where the New York Dolls formed.

Discover the place where David Bowie first saw the New York Dolls, Television, and the Velvet Underground and the locations of legendary venues, including CBGB & OMFUG, the Mercer Arts Center, the Dom/Balloon Farm/Electric Circus, the Bottom Line, Cafe Bizarre, the Village Gate, and Club 82.

On this tour, special attention is paid to punk's deep, but often-overlooked roots into New York City's LGBTQ+ community. 

Discuss the larger history of the East Village, learn 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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  • Tips

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Please meet your guide at 110 West 3rd Street, between MacDougal and Sullivan.

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  • Water
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
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• This activity operates during all weather conditions

From £26.18 per person

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Walk on the Wild Side Tours NYC

Product ID: 305668