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.
How Janis Joplin Became a Star With Big Brother and the Holding Company’s ‘Cheap Thrills’
Cheap Thrills was Big Brother's second album, but in a way it's their first real statement.
How Guns N’ Roses Revitalized Rock ‘n’ Roll With Their Debut Album, ‘Appetite for Destruct…
Before all the drama, Guns N' Roses were a kick-ass little rock 'n' roll band.
50 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Joins the Monkees Tour
What do you get when you cross a psychedelic guitar genius with one of the world's bestselling pop bands? A frustrated guitarist, a disappointed band and a bewildered and confused audience.
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.
45 Years Ago: Paul Simon Launches His First Solo Tour
On May 6, 1973, Paul Simon kicked off his first tour as a solo artist in Boston.
How the Sweet Finally Broke Out With ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’
Unfortunately, 'Sweet Fanny Adams' was never released in the U.S.
How the Amboy Dukes Bridged Psychedelia and Hard Rock on ‘Journey to the Center of the Min…
In April 1968, the Amboy Dukes released of one of the era's most definitive singles, "Journey to the Center of the Mind."
40 Years Ago: Ringo Starr Gets His Own TV Special
The difficulties of being Ringo Starr was the subject of a cheesy TV special in April 1978.
How Paul McCartney Finally Ended the Beatles for Good
Paul McCartney announced that he was leaving the Beatles on April 10, 1970.
The Day John Lennon Married Yoko Ono
For their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono then staged a week-long "Bed-In" for peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel.
That Time Elvis Costello Filled in for David Letterman
Elvis Costello had, of course, been a regular musical guest on David Letterman's 'Late Show.' This time, he also acted as host.