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By Dave Swanson - Summit FM Contributor So often, time dictates a storyline regardless of the truth and the way things actually happened. It's all for the "good of the story." That's my main issue with 'biopics,' as they attempt to tell the tale of historical figures of varying significance. Hollywood will dictate how the […]
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Timeline 1974 - Brian Eno Begins Amazing Solo Career

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By Dave Swanson - Summit FM Contributor When Roxy Music hit the world in 1972, they were utterly unique. No band had ever looked or sounded quite like that before. They rode a rail between past and future, between Pop Art and Pop Music and Rock and Roll. Though they were indeed a band, with […]
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By Michelle Charles - Summit FM Membership Director Born in 1882 in East London, Max Champion wrote a library of songs with unusual musical and lyrical twists and turns. Other than that, we know very little about him except that he was possibly related to noted performer Harry Champion. Only one of his recordings “The […]
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By Dave Swanson - Summit FM Contributor In 1967, The Who released their third album, the magnificent 'The Who Sell Out'. The album was, for the sake of argument, a concept album, not so much thematically, or via plotline, but rather in the way it was presented. There were band performed jingles mixed in between […]
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By Dave Swanson - Summit FM Contributor In the rock and roll handbook, chapter 2023, page 1202, the corporate entity, and rock and roll band, Kiss, has closed up shop. The illogical platform boots, leather and chains ballerina outfits, greasepaint, fake blood, and pyro all packed away. The desire to “rock and roll all night” […]
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By Dave Swanson - Summit FM Contributor In the fall of 1966, something happened. A television program appeared on NBC, that would defy all odds and ultimately deny all naysayers, 'The Monkees' premiered on Monday, September 12, to a waiting world. Inspired by the ongoing sensation known as The Beatles, this was a TV show […]
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By Dave Swanson - Summit FM Contributor There are some people who literally seem like a flash in time, a moment blindingly bright, then gone just as quickly. The rock and roll role call is full of those who died too young, some by their own device, others by tragic circumstances, all sad. Among the […]
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By Dave Swanson - Summit FM Contributor In 2002, the landscape for anything resembling rock and roll music was pretty damn bleak. The top selling albums that year included Eminem, Britney Spears, Dixie Chicks, Pink and Celine Dion. 2003 was shaping up much the same way with Beyonce and 50 Cent leading the way. Of […]
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By Dave Swanson - Summit FM Contributor As the old proverb goes, all it takes is “three chords and the truth" for a good song. File under "less is more," "don't overthink it," and "keep it simple, stupid!" While I do love music of a more involved or complex fabric, I am always more than […]
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Timeline: 1980 - New Wave Hits ‘Times Square’

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By Dave Swanson - Summit FM Contributor Seemingly every youth culture movement has its moment in the spotlight, its day in the sun. Sometimes it a fleeting flash, while other times it’s a slow burn that ends up lingering beyond sell date. When the 'punk' movement hit the press in, for sake of argument, 1977, […]
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