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.
45 Years Ago: The ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ Movie Derails Two Careers
Peter Frampton and Bee Gees had reached mega-stardom status. Then Robert Stigwood had a bright idea.
55 Years Ago: Grateful Dead Look Forward With ‘Anthem of the Sun’
Their debut was a casserole of folk, rock, blues and psychedelia, but it didn't quite capture the live experience.
Top 10 David Crosby Songs
One of rock 'n' roll's most enigmatic figures first caught our attention as a member of the Byrds.
Top Songs of the Summer of Love
There was much more to that year.
The Day John Lennon Died
Thankfully, the joy and excitement of his music remain.
5 Reasons Why Dire Straits Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
If it were up to us, Dire Straits would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next April.
From AC/DC to Bruce Springsteen: 14 Classic Rock Covers of Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B. Goode’
Listen as a diverse group of classic rock stars perform their own versions of Chuck Berry's 'Johnny B. Goode.'
How a Renewed Focus on Guitar Gave Rush a New Start on ‘Roll the Bones’
They spent some 10 weeks writing and rehearsing, so the sessions unfolded quite quickly.
Watch the New Trailer for ‘Boy Howdy! The Story of Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine’
Back in the early days of rock 'n' roll, the concept of "rock journalism" basically meant asking groups what kind of food or girls they liked.
How the Beatles Broke Barriers by Headlining the Budokan in Japan
Celebrated venue would eventually become closely associated with rock 'n' roll concerts.
When Bob Dylan and John Lennon Took a Bizarre Cab Ride
This apparently drug-fueled meeting remains as historic as it was utterly awkward.
Why Jerry Garcia’s Ashes Were Spread in India and San Francisco
Family members weren't too thrilled by this.
The Day Keith Moon Collapsed Behind His Drum Kit in Boston
Oddly enough, one of his most infamous on-stage mishaps wasn't – at least initially – chalked up to drugs and alcohol.
The Day Grateful Dead’s Ron ‘Pigpen’ McKernan Died
On March 8, 1973, Ron McKernan died at age 27.
The Day the Beatles Recorded ‘From Me to You’
This single, written just a few days prior to the session, found John Lennon and Paul McCartney moving forward.
The Day Buffalo Springfield Formed
Stephen Stills was looking for start a new band after his failed audition for the Monkees.