The 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 the Voidoids, and Blondie.
- Where the Velvet Underground first met Andy Warhol and Nico
- Where classic album cover photos of the Ramones, the New York Dolls, Blondie, Television, and the Velvet Underground were taken
- Where Lou Reed and John Cale had some of their first rehearsals together
- Where the word "punk" was first used as a genre name (it's not where you think)
- The loft where Kiss played their first Manhattan show, opening for transgender punk icon Jayne County
- The bar where the New York Dolls formed
- The record store where Patti Smith first met her bandmate Lenny Kaye
- Pre-fame homes and rehearsal spaces belonging to members of the Ramones, Talking Heads, Suicide, the Cramps, and Robert Mapplethorpe
- Where Lou Reed's infamous Take No Prisoners live album was recorded, and Bruce Springsteen collaborated with Patti Smith
- Where Nico made her post-Velvet Underground solo debut
- Where David Bowie first saw the New York Dolls, Television, and the Velvet Underground
- 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
- And much, much more!
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.
- Begins in Greenwich Village and ends in the East Village
- The tour lasts approximately two hours and covers two miles
- Comfortable shoes and bottled water are strongly recommended
- Gratuities are welcome but not mandatory
Check out this Spotify playlist to dive deeper into the music behind the destinations
- two person minimum -
in the event that only one person books a tour, they will be offered the chance to cancel or have a private tour for a slightly higher fee
Private tours and large group rates available by request