Dave Swanson is a writer and musician from Cleveland, Ohio. He has spent a lifetime obsessed with all things Rock & Roll. Dave has written for a variety of publications including Shindig!, Bucketful Of Brains, The Cleveland Scene and The Cleveland Plain Dealer. He hosts his own radio show, has promoted concerts and played in several bands including, but not limited to, Rainy Day Saints, New Salem Witch Hunters, The Cynics, Chamber Strings, Guided By Voices, Death Of Samantha, and Captain Groovy & His Bubblegum Army. Favorite bands-Cheap Trick, The Monkees, Sparks, Motorhead, Beach Boys, Rockpile, XTC,Van Der Graaf Generator, Sweet, Bob Dylan,etc. Favortie color- paisley. Sign-Scorpio. Favorite Movies-Love And Death, Don't Look Back & Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls. Political party-Mod & Rocker. Religion-Rock & Roll. His biggest regret is having no regrets. If not playing, writing, reading about, listening to, or discussing music, he is most likely dead.
How Janis Joplin Became a Star With Big Brother and the Holding Company’s ‘Cheap Thrills’
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47 Years Ago: The Newport Pop Festival Brings Together Diverse Lineup
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The Story of Yes’ First Concert
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How Guns N’ Roses Revitalized Rock ‘n’ Roll With Their Debut Album, ‘Appetite for Destruct…
Before all the drama, Guns N' Roses were a kick-ass little rock 'n' roll band.
The Story of the Grateful Dead’s Forward-Looking ‘Anthem of the Sun’
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50 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Joins the Monkees Tour
What do you get when you cross a psychedelic guitar genius with one of the world's bestselling pop bands? A frustrated guitarist, a disappointed band and a bewildered and confused audience.
How the Grateful Dead Hinted at Their Future With ‘Aoxomoxoa’
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51 Years Ago: David Bowie Releases His Debut Single, ‘Liza Jane’
David Bowie's first single was released on June 5, 1964.
How the ‘Woodstock’ Soundtrack Highlighted Peace, Love and Hippie Music
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50 Years Ago: Buffalo Springfield Perform Their Final Concert
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