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Walk on the Wild Side’s Birth of Punk Virtual Tour
From Greenwich Village and the East Village, we’ll see how punk rock developed — from forebears like the Velvet Underground and the New York Dolls to its commercial peak in the late 70’s with Patti Smith, the Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, and Blondie. See where the Velvet Underground first met Andy Warhol and Nico, where Lou Reed and John Cale had some of their first rehearsals, where the word “punk” was first used as a genre name (it’s not where you think), and much more!

Learn, too, about punk’s deep but often-overlooked roots in the city’s LGBTQ+ community, and how the East Village neighborhood impacted the music that came out of it, and vice versa.

Jun 2, 2020 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jesse Rifkin
Founder, Tour Guide @Walk on the Wild Side Tours
Walk on the Wild Side Tours NYC is owned and operated by Jesse Rifkin, who was a working musician in New York for over a decade, playing CBGB, Lincoln Center, and everywhere in between. He first began researching the lives and careers of notable musicians who had lived in the City because he wanted to see how they pulled it off. The research led him to walk around and the narratives got a lot clearer. The end result was a deeper, more fulfilling relationship with the city I call home (and, more tangibly, a NYC tour guide license). Jesse works to demystify these artistic communities and humanize the larger-than-life figures involved. He is interested in the music itself, the circumstances that led to its creation, and the communities that formed as a result.