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.
The Day the Doors Recorded Their First Demo, But Under a Different Name
When they originally wandered into Los Angeles' World Pacific Studios, this band was called something else entirely.
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 Guns N’ Roses Revitalized Rock ‘n’ Roll With Their Debut Album, ‘Appetite for Destruction’
Before all the drama, Guns N' Roses were a kick-ass little rock 'n' roll band.
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.
Revisiting the Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio Movie ‘FM’
A movie that captured the radio industry at a crucial time came out on May 3, 1978.
The Day the Who Played Their First Concert With Kenney Jones
He later admitted that the very idea of anyone replacing Keith Moon was ludicrous.
When the Beatles Got Their Own Trading Cards
This is how you know you've made it in America.
How Sweet Finally Broke Out With ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’
Unfortunately, this album was never released in the U.S.
Portable Music: The Early Years – A Turntable For Your Car
We are all so accustomed to being able to take our music with us wherever we go that the thought of being without it, may come as a shock to the 'youngsters' out there. 'Tis true, we weren't always as mobile with our sounds as we are now, but that didn't mean the idea wasn't there...
A Look Back at the Faces’ Quick Demise
Many blame Rod Stewart's burgeoning solo career for ending the band's short life.