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: Blondie Escapes the Underground on ‘Parallel Lines’
Once dismissed as a '60s throwback pop group, they ended up having the last laugh.
Famous Final (or ‘Final’) Concerts
Some are born out of tragedy, others by creative restlessness.
The Day the Beatles Recorded ‘Helter Skelter’
The Abbey Road session ran from 7PM until 2:30 the next morning.
55 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Plays Together for the First Time
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham made history in a small space on Gerrard Street in the West End of London.
50 Years Ago: Grand Funk Polishes up for ‘We’re an American Band’
They were on a skyward trajectory, but it wasn't a bump-free ride.
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.
How Cheap Trick’s ‘Heaven Tonight’ Set the Groundwork for Stardom
Their third album kept the pop shine but added some grit to the mix.
How a Routine Traffic Stop Turned Into Jerry Garcia’s Drug Bust
He and lyricist Robert Hunter were driving to the Grateful Dead's next concert stop when they were pulled over.
Why Carlos Santana Renamed Himself ‘Devadip’
He got there way before Prince. And he too changed it back – decades ago.
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.