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Rock Around the Block Tours

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Address: 260 West 72 Street, New York City, NY 10023
Phone Number: 212-877-7980
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If you love rock and roll you'll love Rock Around the Block tours...

If you love rock and roll you'll love Rock Around the Block tours! Music business veteran and rock journalist Bob Sarlin offers three different walking tours about rock history in New York City - in Greenwich Village, in Times Square and on the Upper West Side. Bob offers unique insights based on his personal experience with such artists as Elvis, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Don't miss this unforgettable New York experience.

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Highlight of our trip!

Thank you Bob for sharing your knowledge, humour, insights and stories with us on our recent trip to NYC during your Greenwich Village Tour. Even in the humidity and occassional... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 23, 2012

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Thank you Bob for sharing your knowledge, humour, insights and stories with us on our recent trip to NYC during your Greenwich Village Tour. Even in the humidity and occassional downpour we had a truly wonderful time & will surely join you for another tour when we make it back to New York. In the meantime, we will highly reccommend... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

I was really looking forward to this tour, but after half an hour I knew we were on the wrong tour. Im 47 but this was stuff well before my time. If Bob Dylan is your thing you will enjoy this Village tour is near enough devoted to him, about an hour and a half worth. It is not so... More 

Thank JenRobo6983
Tampa Bay, FL
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

My brother and I took an amazing tour with Bob! It was like walking around all day with a friend....EXCEPT that THIS guy (Bob) had been a manager on tour with Don Mclean, had Thanksgiving dinner with Janis Joplin, and had personal stories and experiences with some of the greatest rock stars ever! Amazing personal stories from the man that... More 

Syosset, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

You don't have to be a native New Yorker to conduct city tours - but it sure helps! Bob Sarlin's enthusiasm and knowledge of the rock and roll legends that got their start on the Upper West Side truly come to life - especially when told by a musical historian who calls this New York neighborhood his own. From Bette... More 

Thank LIMoe
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

WOW!!!!! Bob is Totally Amazing!!!! My wife Sheri and I on Saturday September 1st, spent an Absolutely Unforgettable day with Bob. We started in Greenwich Village and eneded near Central Park (many hours later I must add) and Bob was a walking time machine!! Bob has the wonderful ability to take you right back to the beginnings of Rock and... More 

Thank Pete M
Millburn, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Great time touring with Bob Sarlin yesterday. We took the upper west side tour and really enjoyed his music artifacts as relived by Bob. He is certainly entertaining and knowledgable, a walking book of really interesting music history. I recommend the tour for tourists and New Yorkers. You see things that you would have never noticed or known about without... More 

Thank barbler
Yountville, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

I look Bob's Times Square tour and loved it! In addition to being a treasure trove of rock & roll history and personal stories, Bob is a genuinely nice man, and took the time to learn our names, where we were from and the music we liked. We visited famous landmarks like the Ed Sullivan Theater, Brill Building, Colony Music,... More 

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Trumbull, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

I took Bob's Greenwich Village Tour. I love to read rock musician and music industry bios. So a lot of what Bob said on the tour I knew already. That did not take away from a really great tour that put what I had read into perspective. Even though I had been down these same streets myself in my life... More 

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Rahway, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

I enjoyed the rock & roll tour on a nice summer day. Bob was impressive. His vast knowledge of the industry and love of the city shined thru in his story telling. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and recommend it highly. I think the walk was do-able for those in good shape. Rock on!

Thank chrissya444
Haverford, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Growing up in a house where music was constantly being played, my music history education began young. However, Bob didn't just grow up listening to the music, he lived the music and throughout his life has seen and done things that will make any rock and roll fan gasp. His knowledge of events about the golden age of folk and... More 

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