Strange times we live in indeed...It could be my skewed perspective, but it seems like most of what's really interesting in music these days has already happened in the distant & not so distant past. Just ask Simon Reynolds. And in true entrepreneurial fashion, certain people are taking advantage of this fact, and I don't mean that in a negative sense. Ex-Cro-Mag frontman, John Joseph, and NYC concert promoter, Jake Szufnarowski, are two such folks.
Every weekend, two walking tours, hosted by these fellows, focus on the recent (i.e. last 40 years or so) musical history of the East Village and Lower East Side take place. Jake hosts THE PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE of ROCK N ROLL in NEW YORK CITY, while John takes participants through THE HISTORY OF ART, CRIME, DRUGS and PUNK ROCK ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE...phew! That's a lot to take in.
Nevertheless, if you're curious to see the former locations of sites like the former CBGB, Max's Kansas City, the Filmore East, and perhaps even places like the building used on the cover of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, or where the Stones shot their video for "Waiting On A Friend," these walking tours just might be for you.
Book your tickets, and get more info here. Originally published at the Vinyl District.