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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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35 Years Ago: Grace Slick Quits Jefferson Starship After Drunken Germany Show

By the middle of 1978, Jefferson Airplane had upgraded to Starship and were in the process of running out of fuel. The band (including singer Grace Slick) was on tour in Europe to promote the recently released 'Earth' album when a stop in Germany deteriorated into a confusing mess. "She'd always had a thing about Germany," wrote Jeff Tamarkin in the band bio 'Got a Revolution!' "All things Deutsche brought out the worst in her."

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25 Years Ago: Rhino College Release ‘Golden Throats: the Great Celebrity Sing Off’

On May 18, 1988, the fine folks at Rhino Records opened a door to a world few knew existed by releasing 'Golden Throats: The Great Celebrity Sing-Off.' The LP showcased the forgotten artifacts from a time when actors regularly put out records, cashing in on 'the sounds of today' or 'the now sounds of the jet set generation,' or some other such tag line. Say what you want about such boring things as 'artistic merit' and jab if you must about how these, um, 'vocalists' abused these songs, you would be hard pressed to find a more entertaining batch of tunes.

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45 Years Ago: The Monkees’ ‘The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees’ Album Released

By the time they released 'The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees' in April 1968, the Monkees had been on a nonstop roller-coaster ride for a solid 15 months. Record after record, live appearances and shooting their TV show made for an exceptionally busy schedule. Except for the soundtrack to their movie 'Head,' which came out later in the year, 'The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees' would be the last album released by the original group.

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45 Years Ago: The Zombies Release ‘Odessey and Oracle’

Terms like "classic" and "amazing" get tossed around an awful lot when talking about albums. Those words have been used and abused over time to the point where they are almost meaningless. Here to reclaim the significance of those terms is an album that truly is amazing and a drop-dead classic, the Zombies' 'Odessey and Oracle' -- which was released 45 years ago.

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10 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Release ‘Say You Will’

After the huge comeback success of the live reunion album, 'The Dance,' in 1997, Fleetwood Mac were back in a big way. The obvious questions started flying, asking about the chances of a new Mac LP. In spite of a short round of drama, they answered that question with the full-flying 'Say You Will, ' which was released on April 15, 2003. The album marked the return of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to the clan, but also saw the departure of mainstay Christine McVie.

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