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 Story of Captain Beefheart’s Masterpiece, ‘Trout Mask Replica’
Trout Mask Replica is one of the weirdest and wildest albums ever to be released.
The Story of Manfred Mann’s ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’
Paul Jones found an earlier version in his record collection, and Manfred Mann transformed 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy' into a No. 1 breakthrough hit.
The History of ‘My Sharona': How One Song Doomed the Knack
Loathed by critics and written off as a novelty act, the Knack were a genuine rock 'n' roll band.
That Time Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe Released Rockpile Albums Disguised as Solo Records
The formation of Rockpile in the mid-'70s came with one major problem: The band's co-leaders, Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe, were signed as solo acts to different labels.
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
The Woodstock festival was experienced by "half a million strong," as the song goes.
The Day Paul Simon Launched His First Solo Tour
On May 6, 1973, Paul Simon kicked off his first tour as a solo artist in Boston.
The Day Buffalo Springfield Performed Their Final Concert
Buffalo Springfield were always a house of cards caught in a hurricane.
The Story of the Rock ‘n’ Roll 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
Kenney Jones, a former drummer with the Small Faces and the Faces, later admitted that the very idea of anyone replacing Keith Moon in the Who was ludicrous.
How the Beatles Found Themselves Featured on Topps Trading Cards
You know you've made it in America when you get your image on a bubblegum card.
How the Sweet Finally Broke Out With ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’
Unfortunately, 'Sweet Fanny Adams' was never released in the U.S.