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.
When John Lennon Was Ordered to Leave U.S. by Immigration Authorities
His political activism first attracted the attention of the FBI in late 1971.
The Day Led Zeppelin Made Their Live Debut
When the Yardbirds fell apart, Jimmy Page put together an all new version of the band.
The Day Keith Moon Died
This short, sweet life came to an end after a night of partying – and a lifetime of testing his own limits.
Why Fleetwood Mac Ended the ‘Tusk’ Tour With Boiling Tensions
The tour played to sold-out venues, but everyone knew they needed a break afterward.
How the Grateful Dead Looked 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.
When Jimi Hendrix Joined the Monkees Tour For Some Reason
Result: A frustrated guitarist, a disappointed band and a bewildered and confused audience.
How the Smash Hit ‘My Sharona’ Doomed the Knack
Loathed by critics and written off as a novelty act, they were actually a genuine rock 'n' roll band.
How a Soundtrack Brought Woodstock to the World
Ironic festival had been experienced eight months earlier by a crowd that was "half a million strong," as the song goes.
47 Years Ago: The Velvet Underground Make a Glorious Racket With ‘White Light, White Heat’
If you look up the phrase "glorious racket," chances are a picture of the Velvet Underground's second album, 'White Light, White Heat' will appear.
How the Rolling Stones Got Banned In Cleveland
The Rolling Stones' appearance in Cleveland, Ohio on Nov. 3, 1964 became the scene of a near-tragedy.