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.
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55 Years Ago: The Beatles Knock Themselves Off Top of U.K. Chart
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What the Career-Spanning ‘Buffalo Springfield’ Box Set Missed
Despite its obvious treasures, there were some odd omissions.
When Bob Dylan and John Lennon Took a Bizarre Cab Ride
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On March 23, 1973, John Lennon was issued an order by U.S. immigration authorities to leave the United States.
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The world of rock music – and American culture in general – was turned upside down.
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17 Years Ago: Ron Wood Saved From Boat Fire
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