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 Day Pink Floyd Co-Founder Syd Barrett Died
He succumbed to pancreatic cancer having spent the bulk of his adult life far from the spotlight.
The Day Stuart Sutcliffe Left the Beatles
He quit to concentrate on art upon the conclusion of their second residency in Hamburg, Germany.
How Blue Oyster Cult Stormed Back With ‘Fire of Unknown Origin’
While some older acts floundered, they took advantage of the new decade and its new gimmick, MTV.
When Bob Dylan and John Lennon Took a Bizarre Cab Ride
This apparently drug-fueled meeting remains as historic as it was utterly awkward.
How Blue Oyster Cult Finally Broke Out With ‘Agents of Fortune’
It involved answering the demand for "more cowbell."
Why the Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It, Black’ Was a Huge Leap Forward
The year 1966 was one of the most interesting in the history of pop music.
45 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones Launch Their Own Label With ‘Brown Sugar’
"Brown Sugar," the first song on Rolling Stones Records, was released on April 16, 1971.
The Day the Beatles Recorded ‘From Me to You’
This single, written just a few days prior to the session, found John Lennon and Paul McCartney moving forward.
When John Lennon Said the Beatles Were More Popular Than Jesus
The resulting controversy sparked death threats, becoming one of the reasons why they decided to stop touring.
How Thin Lizzy’s ‘Thunder and Lightning’ Became Their Unintended Goodbye
Phil Lynott was growing frustrated with various aspects of the band. He also had a growing heroin problem.