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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, The Chamber Strings, The Cynics, New Salem Witch Hunters, 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.
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Mick Jagger Praised for Secretly Helping Punk Rock Legend

In a recent interview, the legend that is John Lydon revealed an interesting tidbit concerning Sir Mick Jagger. It turns out that while Sex Pistol Sid Vicious was awaiting trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, Jagger stepped in the pay the legal fees.

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Peter Gabriel Releases Remixed Version of ‘So’ Outtake

Peter Gabriel's landmark album 'So' reached its 25 anniversary a couple of years ago, when fans were treated to a deluxe reissue. Among the bonus tracks on that release was a demo of a previously unreleased song called 'Courage.' But Gabriel isn't done with it yet: He recently remixed the song for a brand new single.

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45 Years Ago: The Monkees’ ‘Head’ Premieres

Released in theaters nationwide on Nov. 6, 1968, 'Head' was the Monkees last real hurrah as a pop phenomenon of the '60s. If you want to talk about going out in a blaze of glory, look no further. What other film has its stars jumping off a bridge to their watery death in the first five minutes? The Monkees name was not used in the offbeat advertising for the film, the movie itself had no credits at all until the very end, and the soundtrack generated zero radio hits. Some might call this a recipe for failure, while others might simply see it as the lunatics taking over the asylum.

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50 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Records ‘The Times They Are A-Changin”

Sessions for Bob Dylan's third album, 'The Times They Are A Changin,' began just a few months after the last tracks for his second LP, 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan,' wrapped up. The tapes began rolling on Aug. 6, 1963, and finished on Oct. 31. 

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40 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Release ‘Mystery to Me’

By the start of 1973, Fleetwood Mac were in a state of flux, trying to find solid footing and an identity for the band. The recent departure of longtime guitarist Danny Kirwin led to a fluctuating lineup, with the addition of guitarists Bob Weston and Bob Welch, as well as Dave Walker, who would supply some of the vocals on Mac's first 1973 offering, 'Penguin.' But the overstuffed lineup didn't last long, and by the time sessions started for their next album, 'Mystery to Me,' Walker was gone, and Welch had settled into his role as frontman.

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44 Years Ago: The Beatles’ ‘Paul Is Dead’ Rumors Hit the Papers

Paul McCartney is alive and well, but a well-placed rumor in 1969 had some thinking otherwise. On September 23, 1969, the Northern Star newspaper of Northern Illinois University published a story claiming that McCartney had been killed in a car crash a few years earlier and had been replaced by a look-alike. A radio station in Detroit picked up on the story and ran with it. Within a month, the story had gone global and Beatles fans worldwide were collectively scratching their heads.

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45 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Release ‘Mr. Wonderful’

As the U.K. blues-rock boom of the late '60s escalated, Fleetwood Mac were in the thick of it with their second album, 'Mr. Wonderful,' which was released in August 1968. Having just put out their debut at the start of the year, the Mac were rolling full steam ahead.

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45 Years Ago: Big Brother & the Holding Company Release ‘Cheap Thrills’

"Four gentlemen and one great, great broad ... Big Brother & the Holding Company." Bill Graham utters these words at the very start of the San Francisco band's classic 'Cheap Thrills' album, introducing the band -- not just Janis Joplin and a bunch of guys who wandered onstage to back her up.

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45 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Play Together for the First Time

On Aug. 12, 1968, in a small space on Gerrard Street in the west end of London, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the very first time. The first song the band -- which would later be named Led Zeppelin -- tore into was 'The Train Kept A-Rollin',' which was a fixture in Page's previous band, the Yardbirds.

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