Rock and Roll Explorer Guide to New York City

Rock and Roll Explorer Guide to New York City

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Overview

From the churches and street corners of Harlem and The Bronx to the underground clubs of the East Village, New York City has been a musical mecca for generations, and Rock & Roll Explorer Guide to New York City is the definitive story of its development throughout the five boroughs.

Plug in and walk the same streets a young Bob Dylan walked. See where Patti Smith, the Ramones, Beastie Boys, and Jeff Buckley played. Visit on foot the places Lou Reed mentions in his songs or where Paul Simon grew up; where the Strokes drowned their sorrows, Grizzly Bear cut their teeth and Jimi Hendrix found his vision. Rock and Roll Explorer Guide gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at how bands came together, scenes developed, and classic songs were written. Artists come and go, neighborhoods change, venues open and close, but the music lives on.


Contents
Upper Manhattan and Harlem
Upper West Side
The Velvet Underground
Upper East Side
The Beatles
John & Yoko
Central Park
Patti Smith
Midtown West
Beastie Boys
Midtown East
Madonna
Chelsea & Hudson Yards
Jimi Hendrix & Electric Lady
Union Square & Madison Square
New York Dolls
West Village
Bob Dylan
East Village
Blondie
Soho & TriBeCa
Sonic Youth
Lower East Side
The Strokes
Brooklyn
Talking Heads
Queens
Ramones
Simon & Garfunkel
The Bronx
Kiss
Staten Island


Rock & roll may not have been born in New York, but this is one of the places it grew up and blew up and presented itself to the world. From the churches and street corners of Harlem and the Bronx to the underground clubs of the East Village, New York City has been a musical Mecca for generations, and The Rock & Roll Explorer Guide to New York City is an historical journey through its development across all five boroughs.
The Rock & Roll Explorer Guide to New York City restores a sense of time and place to music history by identifying and documenting critical points of interest spanning genres and eras, and delineating the places in New York City critical to its musical development and ultimate triumphs and tragedies. Through this lens, we can see and understand how bands came together, scenes developed, and classic songs were written. In some cases, the buildings are still there, in others only the address remains, but you still get a sense of the history that happened there.
Among the many locations in this book are addresses musicians and other key rock & roll figures once called home. In a very few instances we’ve included current addresses, but only when the location is historically significant and widely known; otherwise, we consciously left current residences out. The Rock & Roll Explorer Guide to New York City is intended as a fun travel guide through music history rather than a means of locating famous musicians. Most New Yorkers understand that everyone has a right to privacy. That’s one of the reasons many of these artists live here.
Because of the city’s rich history, this book cannot be a comprehensive encyclopedia of music, rock venues, or the music industry; nor do we present the definitive biographies of the musicians included. The artists and locations chosen represent a sometimes broad look at the history of rock & roll in the city, with an eye on those who either grew up or spent their formative years here. But there’s so much more we couldn’t include, and we hope readers will be inspired to go even further, whether they’re hitting the streets themselves or experiencing the city vicariously from afar. Artists come and go, neighborhoods change, venues open and close, but the music lives on.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630763169
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 633,177
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Mike Katz was born in Atlanta, came of age in New Orleans, and eventually (or perhaps inevitably) found a home in New York City. Along the way, he has been an obsessive music fan, voracious reader, history buff, bookseller, and accomplished photographer. The Rock & Roll Explorer Guide is his warped love letter to this beautiful, dirty town.

Crispin Kott was born in Chicago, raised in New York, and has called everywhere from San Francisco to Los Angeles to Atlanta home. An avid music enthusiast and failed drummer, he’s written for numerous print and online publications, and has shared with his daughters Madeline and Marguerite a love of reading, writing and record collecting. As a longtime Brooklyn resident, Crispin has been able to indulge in his love of Rock & Roll of the past, present, and future.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Foreword ix

Upper Manhattan and Harlem 1

Upper West Side 22

The Velvet Underground 26

Upper East Side 32

The Beatles 37

John & Yoko 42

Central Park 47

Patti Smith 49

Midtown West 62

Beastle Boys 79

Midtown East 86

Madonna 90

Chelsea & Hudson Yards 94

Jimi Hendrix & Electric Lady 101

Union Square & Madison Square 105

New York Dolls 111

West Village 116

Bob Dylan 122

East Village 140

Blondie 154

Soho & TriBeCa 161

Sonic Youth 165

Lower East Side 172

The Strokes 175

Brooklyn 179

Talking Heads 191

Queens 197

Ramones 206

Simon & Garfunkel 213

The Bronx 222

Kiss 228

Staten Island 232

Index 235

Acknowledgments 246

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