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 Yes’ First Concert
It all began on a very inauspicious note, at the East Mersea Youth Camp in Essex.
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.
When the Beatles Got Their Own Trading Cards
This is how you know you've made it in America.
Revisiting Ringo Starr’s TV Special
The difficulties of being Ringo Starr was the subject of a cheesy TV special in April 1978.
How ‘The Birds, the Bees and the Monkees’ Showed a Band Branching Out
At this point, they'd been on a nonstop roller-coaster ride for a solid 15 months.
How Paul McCartney Finally Ended the Beatles for Good
They had been imploding for a while.
The Mysterious Death of Iron Butterfly Bassist Philip Taylor Kramer
When the remains were found in 1999, he'd been missing for four years.
38 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Founder Peter Green Arrested for Pulling Shotgun on His Accountant
Guitar great and Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green was not a man without troubles, and on Jan. 26, 1977, his struggles landed him in prison and committed to a mental hospital.
37 Years Ago: The Sex Pistols’ First (And Last) U.S. Tour Falls Apart
"Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?" asked a weary Johnny Rotten at the conclusion of the Sex Pistols' first (and last) U.S. tour.
A Look Back at the Faces’ Quick Demise
Many blame Rod Stewart's burgeoning solo career for ending the band's short life.
How the Rolling Stones Got Banned In Cleveland
The Rolling Stones' appearance in Cleveland, Ohio on Nov. 3, 1964 became the scene of a near-tragedy.