Posted in music | tour dates on April 12, 2011

Rocks Off Walking Tours

"Rock N Roll has lived, breathed, evolved and injected itself into NewYork City - transforming itself, the city, the people and the very culture of America and the world along the way. Please allow us to show you the when, the how, the why, and the who.

A walk through Manhattan's East Village is a walk through Rock N Roll history. Boston can have their Freedom Trail and Philly can keep their Liberty Bell, nowhere has more history, culture and tradition than New York City and nowhere rocks nearly as hard. Since famed radio DJ Alan Freed coined the term Rock N Roll, New York has been its ground zero.

Sure, you could go to Cleveland and walk through a museum, or surf Wikipedia until you're blind....OR you could immerse yourself in the very streets and sights where ordinary men and women became immortal rock gods and the proverbial "shit went down." We're talking about a walking tour of the great Rock N Roll haunts of NYC, a one-of-a-kind pilgrimage through the East Village and Lower East Side. From the late 19th century Vaudeville and Yiddish Theaters of the Bowery to the Homesteading by the Beatniks in the 50s, the hippies and radicals of the 60s and the classic rock and punk rockers of the 70s, this is where rock transformed from music to religion.

The Rocks Off Rock N Roll Walking Tour will show you ALL OF IT and then some. See where Leadbelly spent the last few years of his life, Charlie Parker's historic home, the Fillmore East, CBGB, Max's Kansas City, The Electric Circus, The Palladium, The Ritz / Webster Hall, Irving Plaza, Tompkins Square Park, Madonna's first NYC apartment, and tons more! Be prepared to walk the streets that LEGENDS have walked, piss in urinals that Lou Reed pissed in, drink egg creams that the NY Dolls drank, shit where GG Allin shit (everywhere). See where everyone who was anyone partied, played, created, and inspired the whole wide world."

The walking tours are available in two flavors: The History of Art, Crime, Drugs, and Punk Rock on the Lower East Side (with host Cro-Mags vocalist John Joseph) and The Past, Present, and Future of Rock N Roll In New York City (with host and Rocks Off honcho Jake Szufnarowski).Tickets are on sale for the tours which are running now (the next one is this this Friday) through the end of the year (so far).

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Comments (30)

Hopefullly this walk will make a stop at the quitesential Mamouns.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 2:05 PM


eat at the same mamoun's table that joey ramone at ate....

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 2:08 PM

^ LOL beat me too it 2:05

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 2:08 PM

John Joseph is hilarious...This would be awesome..

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 2:18 PM

"And here we are on St Marks Place. The home of the legendary Mamouns Falafel house, where phyto-nutrients are ingested and given many of your favorite rockstars the stamina to do rock and roll dancemoves such as the hip-thrust."

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 2:22 PM

i really love you guys.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 2:25 PM

take a tour dedicated mostly to people who would rather be caught dead than do what you're doing

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 2:25 PM

JJ would smack the shit out of all you sissies.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 2:27 PM

2:22 - sorry you just proved you are a newjack... everybody with some knowledge of NYC rock history knows the REAL legendary Mamoun's Falfel is on MacDougal

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 2:43 PM

John Joseph is a fucking moron. "Bro, the tsunami in Japan is karma for what theyve done to dolphins and whales". Keep playing with the "Cro-Mags" and living off of one record.

Posted by GregBX | April 12, 2011 2:50 PM

Will do 2:50. My week beats your year.

Posted by John Joseph | April 12, 2011 2:56 PM

This could potentially be really lame but it looks like the people who put it together are less annoying than most. I'm curious to read the reviews when it starts.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 2:57 PM

"Boston can have their Freedom Trail and Philly can keep their Liberty Bell, nowhere has more history, culture and tradition than New York City and nowhere rocks nearly as hard"

Dumbest.Quote.EVER!

ps - John Josephs is an AS*HOLE!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 3:01 PM

The original Mamoun's is on McDougal and it was the only one for decades, you fucking Wisconsin-born hipster idiots.


Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 3:12 PM

Well, the Cro-Mags ARE from New York, so the bias towards such is expected.

Same thing with just about any other band showing love for their hometown city. I wouldn't get worked up over it man.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 3:15 PM

NYC is a virgin. NYC will caress you like a first time lover. NYC is a whore. NYC will chew you up and spit you out. NYC has parks that smell like mountains and alleys that smell like piss. NYC will cheerfully step over you on the way out of the porn house. NYC will reverentially escort you into church. NYC is everything you love and hate about yourself. NYC doesn't give a damn about you. NYC is too busy´╗┐ being NYC for that shit. You don't "love" NYC, you fuck it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 3:16 PM

who still believes the east village is the cutting edge epicenter of rock music?

seriously, who?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 3:37 PM

it sure as hell beats Tulsa, Boise, Akron, St. Louis etc... .. and, that's why all those geeks from those stupid cities come and start stupid bands here...

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 3:46 PM

how can they charge "tickets" for a walking tour on public streets? am i not allowed to tag along on a public sidewalk?

i'd think they'd need a permit for this kind of crap.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 4:02 PM

I liked this the first time it came out when it was called Rock Junket walking tours...

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 4:06 PM

Flaco walks.

Posted by mja | April 12, 2011 4:15 PM

"welcome to the legendary CBGB's, don't mind the John Varvatos sign and overpriced "rock-themed" clothing" seriously people pay for this shit?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 5:20 PM

I agree this is some JOhn Varvatos taking over CBGB's shit. I bet they have a secret deal with Search and Destroy clothing shop on St. Mark's and they tell people to buy their 'authentic Ramones leather jackets' there. Beat it.

Posted by The Real Real Yup. PERIOD | April 12, 2011 5:24 PM

And this was the site of the Palladium. Never mind it is now an NYU dorm. But look, they kept the name "Palladium" on the door. No you can't go in. No that security guard won't let you take a picture. But give me $25 please.

And now onto the sign where the Fillmore East was on 2nd Avenue. The one anyone can see. I'm going to show it to you.

4:02 has it right. Let's crash this nonsense.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 5:32 PM

4:02--yes, guides need a license
People pay so that they don't have to read to find out where to go look.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 5:53 PM

we'll see how this compares to other tours. I have to say the Tenement Museum walking tours and East Village History center tours are really worth it on a nice day.

Posted by jsunder | April 12, 2011 7:27 PM

It's interesting how the Bowery transitioned to the street where the homeless would urinate with reckless abandon to the posh avenue it has become. Truly the biggest change in the east village if you want my opinion.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 7:48 PM

This is awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2011 8:14 PM

Can't wait for this!! Traveling in from out of town next week, and am def. gonna spend the buckaroos on Sat. to do the tour with Jake and then Sun. to do the tour with John Joseph. Gonna do a rock 'n roll cruise with this outfit too. Love em!!!

Posted by Rock Lover | April 22, 2011 8:05 PM

I'm probably going too and I grew up in the area. What's up now bitch?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2011 1:30 AM

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