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 Thin Lizzy’s ‘Thunder and Lightning’ Became Their Unintended Goodbye
Phil Lynott was growing frustrated with the band. He also had a growing heroin problem.
The Day Buffalo Springfield Formed
Stephen Stills was looking for start a new band after his failed audition for the Monkees.
The Death of Bon Scott
AC/DC's frontman had been out drinking with friends, when the casual evening took a terrible turn.
The Day the Beatles Met the Maharishi
A quest for answers to some of life's larger questions led them to Rishikesh, India.
When the Beatles Changed Everything on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’
The world of rock music – and American culture in general – was turned upside down.
Why the Beatles Struggled So Much With ‘Across the Universe’
John Lennon ultimately called it a "lousy track of a great song."
The Day Sid Vicious Died
The Sex Pistols' infamous bassist was only 21 years old.
The Day the Kinks Played Their First Show
This was the first time Ray and Dave Davies took the stage with Mick Avory and Pete Quaife after ditching their earlier moniker, the Ravens.
The Day Jimi Hendrix Claimed ‘All Along the Watchtower’
On Dec. 27, 1967, Bob Dylan released his first album in more than a year with the understated classic 'John Wesley Harding.'
The History of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s BBC Ban
Hendrix's infamous appearance on Lulu's show took place on Jan. 4, 1969.
How ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ Became the Beatles’ First Misstep
Televisions across Britain were taken over by a surreal adventure on Boxing Day in 1967.
Why Grand Funk Railroad’s Equipment Was Once Seized After a Show
They were one of the hottest acts in the country at the time.