New York City has undeniably produced some of rock music’s most iconic figures. After all, it is a gigantic artistic and cultural playground, where growling attitudes permeate every corner of the urban network. From the late 1960s to the early 1970s, the governing “rock” movement emerged from the heart of one of America’s largest and most vibrant cities. Meet the biggest rock stars of New York!
This year, he was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and while his representative ran in front of him, Simmons seems to have had the last laugh. Born to an immigrant father, Chaim Witz played Kiss’ Blood – spitting bass for the demons but always sprinkled with glittery swagger first. He proudly called his brand, not his band, “the demon,” and always put his first-timers first. How can you forget the godmother of punk, how about the first female rock’n “roll band in New York?
The Strokes were clearly cool when they first stormed the Lower East Side bar stage, but the multiple poets, rockers, artists, and playwrights held her own against the ridiculously male-dominated CBGB crowd and still presses the envelope. The Blondie singer, who oscillated between discontented and mad, embodied the “I don’t give a shit” attitude of the 70s and 80s. She made everyone from rich kids to the jokes they want and refined the guy who wrote them all in adolescent decline who looked as if he had touched every girl’s heart.
Forget for a moment Buster Poindexter’s whole detour and switch to some of the great modern music. The beauty is that it attracts an audience, even if it only hits the inner cities.
The Dolls hit the road and burned out quickly due to drug abuse, but they had a ball and seem to have ripped up some wonderfully stupid songs with Dixie Chicks and the Grateful Dead in the early 1970s.
The record – collecting Dork became the driving force behind the LCD sound system and achieved the breakthrough in 2002 with “Lost Edge,” which captured hip-hop snobbery better than any song before or after. In 2011, they achieved rock star status and sold Madison Square Garden for their first ever sold-out show in New York.
Despite the edgy veneer, this is basically just a kid from Queens who really wants a girlfriend. The singer can play melodies that literally anyone could and could play, but he is also one of the most talented musicians in New York.
He’s a bit of an adult now, but amazingly he’s still strong, and let’s not forget his wideness: he could be a sensitive map of the star’s hard work. She has an Oscar-nominated song about fishing in the net, a song with a lot of heart, and a great guitar solo. Yes, she winds in the wind and has a snotty charm – as a helluva voice – and is also one of the most talented guitarists in New York.
Who else could summarise crazy kids as aptly as the Blank Generation, if not the band Richard Hell and the Voidoids, who have released some of the genre’s most outstanding direct editions. Very Clean Tramp is one of the best and most important punk albums of all time in New York and is documented on the album, on which he allegedly took inspiration from the ripped clothes look that still makes punk.
The founder of Velvet Underground is the city’s unofficial poet laureate, writing for New York outsiders with a sound that has become a beacon of the strange and wonderful. In short, he inspired thousands of freaks to move here, and his legacy is still felt today in the form of young bands stirring up the shit.