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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, 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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Stooges Guitarist James Williamson Digs Up Old Songs For New Album

The life, death and rebirth of the Stooges stands as one of the more unlikely tales in rock and roll. Since reforming in 2003, the band have made two albums and toured regularly. When head Stooge Iggy Pop designated 2014 as time out for the band, guitarist James Williamson has decided to keep active during the downtime.

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Police Conduct Homicide Investigation as Gregg Allman Biopic Suspends Production

The Gregg Allman biopic 'Midnight Rider' has temporarily shut down production as police conduct an investigation to determine if criminal charges -- possibly including homicide -- will be brought against film personnel in the wake of an on-set accident that resulted in the death of a crew member.

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46 Years Ago: The Beatles Arrive In Rishikesh, India To Study With The Maharishi

By the second half of 1967, the Beatles were searching for answers to some of life's larger questions. This search would lead them to meditation, Eastern philosophy and, eventually, to Rishikesh, India, where, on Feb. 15, 1968, they began a period of study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

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Boston’s ‘More Than a Feeling’ Featured in Yogurt Commercial

Boston's classic 'More Than a Feeling' is being used in a new commercial for yogurt. The connection? Yoplait's latest flavor is Boston Cream Pie Lite. "At 90 calories, it is so good . . . when you want more than a feeling" touts the tagline as cartoon swirls of yogurt colorfully circle the screen.

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51 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Releases First Single ‘Mixed-Up Confusion’

Hit singles are not usually associated with Bob Dylan. The man and his songs stand above the fray in the overall scheme of things, but the Billboard singles charts, with a couple exceptions, was never his home away from home. After releasing his debut album in the spring of 1962, Dylan headed back into Columbia Studios to record material for his second album, 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.' Recording began in October 1962 with what was Dylan's first foray into rock and roll territory.

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45 Years Ago: Chas Chandler Leaves Jimi Hendrix

After leaving the Animals in mid 1966, bassist Chas Chandler turned toward a new role as producer and manager. And he struck gold on his very first try. Once Chandler heard Jimi Hendrix, he knew there was something magical there. So he brought the guitarist to England later that year, hooked him up with an aspiring pair of musicians and unleashed the trio on an unsuspecting public.

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41 Years Ago: The BBC Bans ‘Hi Hi Hi’ by Paul McCartney and Wings

While controversy seemed to follow John Lennon on a daily basis in the early-70s, it was not a foreign concept to his former Beatles band mate Paul McCartney either. In early 1972, McCartney and his band Wings, released the defiantly political single, 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish.' Dipping into controversial waters out of character for McCartney, and though the single was strong and hard-rocking, the BBC thought it was too much, and promptly banned it.

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