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John Swenson

Liner note writer John Swenson was (with Dave Marsh) co-editor of, and a contributor to, the initial edition from the Rolling Rock Record Guidebook, the first in depth reference guidebook to rock and roll albums (also covering some folk, jazz, blues, gospel, and nation recordings which were influential on rock and roll and pop music). He was also the editor from the Rolling Rock Jazz Record Guidebook. Information editor of Crawdaddy in the middle ’70s, he was a contributor to mags such as for example Rolling Stone as well as the Village Voice, aswell as writing many music biographies. Many of these, including types over the Eagles, John Lennon, as well as the Who, had been superseded by following bios that proceeded to go into a lot more depth. Nevertheless, his publication on Costs Haley (Costs Haley: The Daddy of Stone) continues to be useful, due to the fact the initial white rock and roll star is not well offered by biographies. His biography of Stevie Wonder will probably be worth noting provided the surprising insufficient full-length research of Wonder’s existence and music.

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