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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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U2 Push Back Release of New Album, Now Due in 2015

So far, 2014 has been a busy year for U2. They debuted a new song, 'Invisible,' during a Super Bowl ad, performed at the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards and helped mark Jimmy Fallon's debut of 'The Tonight Show.' But all this recent movement isn't leading up to a new album or tour. 

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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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46 Years Ago: The Velvet Underground Release ‘White Light, White Heat’

If you look up the phrase "glorious racket," chances are a picture of the Velvet Underground's second album, 'White Light, White Heat' will appear. That description fits each and every one of its 40 minutes perfectly. Unlike the haunting beauty of their flawless debut album, 'White Light,' which was released on Jan. 30, 1968, drops a bit of the artiness and supplements it with rage and raw power.

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46 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Records ‘All Along the Watchtower’

On Dec. 27, 1967, Bob Dylan released his first album in more than a year with the understated classic 'John Wesley Harding.' Among the great songs found on that LP was a tune called 'All Along the Watchtower.' Before the album's release, Jimi Hendrix obtained an acetate of the disc and fell in love with it. Less than two months after Dylan recorded it, Hendrix was in the studio recording his own take. On Jan. 21, 1968, Hendrix and the Experience settled in to record what would become the definitive reading of the song.

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Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Never Going Back Again’ Featured in Bank Commercial

The guitar line that follows a young man in the latest Bank of America commercial as he buys a bouquet of flowers, catches a cab and knocks on an apartment door is unmistakable. Any one of the 40 million people who've purchased Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' since its 1977 release will recognize the guitar pattern from 'Never Going Back Again.'

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47 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones Forced to ‘Spend Some Time’ With Ed Sullivan

As tough as they wanted to appear, the gritty punch of the Rolling Stones was no match for the power of Ed Sullivan. On Jan. 15, 1967, The Stones were all set to grace the Sullivan stage for their fourth appearance when they ran into a snag.

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