Blog Entries by Jeff Suwak

Jeff Suwak is a writer and editor living in the Pacific Northwest. His publishing experience ranges from the sciences to fiction to music journalism. In addition to his traditional and formal publications, he publishes a lot of creative writing on Medium. He also maintains a Pacific Northwest travel and history blog at Northwest Nomad.
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  • MelanieThe singer-songwriter Melanie talks about her spiritual awakening at Woodstock, "Brand New Key," and why songwriting is an art, not a craft.read more
  • ToolWas a cat squeezed to make a Tool song? Is Dustin Hoffman referenced in another? Take the Fact or Fiction, Tool edition, to find out.read more
  • The B-52sIs a "tin roof, rusted" a pregnant woman? Did "Private Idaho" inspire a movie? Find out in this Fact or Fiction.read more
  • WoodstockWas Carlos Santana hallucinating throughout his set? Did the Grateful Dead suck? See if you can spot the real stories from the original Woodstock.read more
  • Cindy Wilson of The B-52sCindy Wilson of The B-52s talks about the "Love Shack" location, the songwriting dynamics in the band, and her personal favorites.read more
  • 10 Things We Learned From The Kurt Cobain Book Serving The ServantWhat we learned from Serving the Servant, written by Kurt Cobain's friend and business associate Danny Goldberg.read more
  • Dan Whitener of GangstagrassAs heard on the theme song to Justified, Gangstagrass like their bluegrass sprinkled with hip-hop.read more
  • Elliott MurphyBilly Joel inducted him into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame; Springsteen said he's got "soul and spirit." Long appreciated in Europe, Americans are starting to discover Elliott Murphy.read more
  • Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep)Ken Hensley tells the stories behind "Easy Livin'," "Blind Eye," and several other songs he wrote for Uriah Heep in the '70s.read more
  • Raul MidonThe blind musical polymath Raul Midón explains what inspired some of his biggest songs, and talks about recording with the Metropole Orkest.read more
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