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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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35 Years Ago: Ramones Release ‘Rocket to Russia’

Released thirty-five years ago, 'Rocket to Russia' was to have been the Ramones big breakthrough -- the album to put them on the radio, in the charts and in the hearts of rock and rollers everywhere! As we all know ... that never happened. Despite the random attempts over the years to re-write rock and roll history via 'rockumentaries,' the truth is, most of America couldn't have cared less about the Ramones. 1977 was all about Kiss, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, and so on. Most U.S. teens were simply not interested in the propulsive three-minute blasts of energy dished out at sonic speed by four misfits from NYC.

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48 Years Ago – The Rolling Stones Banned from the Ed Sullivan Show

Forty eight years ago, the Rolling Stones made their first appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.' The date was October 25, 1964 and Sullivan was on a roll. Earlier in the year he brought the Beatles into our living rooms, followed by the Dave Clark Five. Soon enough, every invading British rock band was making their way to the CBS studios for their moment in the spotlight.

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Former Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Jeremy Spencer Discusses Band’s Evolution + Finding God

The history of Fleetwood Mac is far more interesting than most may be aware. The roots of the band began deep in the blues, and the role call of band members is a story in itself. Jeremy Spencer was one of the group's guitarists from their formation in 1967 through 1971, playing on such albums as 'Mr. Wonderful,' 'Kiln House' and the classic 'Then Play On.'

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Yes’ Steve Howe on Missing Alumni: ‘It’s Not About Jon and Rick Now’

The 44-year long (and counting) path that Yes has traveled has never been the smoothest ride. Several lineup changes, questionable career moves and near-soap opera like drama has always been a subtext to their music, and guitarist Steve Howe would like to put a stop to that.

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Donovan Announces U.S. Concert Dates With 2013 Tour to Follow

The legendary Donovan has just announced three special live performances in the US. The three dates -- Washington, DC, New York City and Los Angeles -- will all take place in October. This marks a welcome return to the concert stage for the rock legend and

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35 Years Ago: Keith Moon of the Who Dies

On Sept. 7, 1978, the world lost one of its most unique children when Keith Moon left us, far too soon. Much more than simply 'the drummer for the Who,' Moon defiined the term "one of a kind" not only in his ability and style behind the drum kit, but in his utter irreverence and over the top way of life.

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