Eduardo Rivadavia (aka Ed Rivadavia) was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and by his late teens had already toured the world (and elsewhere), learning four languages on three continents. Having also accepted the holy gospel of rock & roll as his lord and savior, Eduardo became infatuated with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and all things heavy, crude, and obnoxious while living in Milan, Italy, during the mid-1980s. At this time, he also made his journalistic debut as sole writer, editor, publisher, and, some would claim, reader of his high school's heavy metal fanzine, earning the scorn of jocks and nerds alike, but uniting the small hardcore music-loving contingent into a frenzied mob that spent countless hours exchanging tapes, talking shop, and getting beat up at concerts. Upon returning home to Brazil, Eduardo resumed a semi-normal existence, sporadically contributing music articles to local papers and magazines while earning his business degree. Finally, after years of obsessive musical fandom and at peace with his distinct lack of musical talent, Eduardo decided the time had come to infiltrate the music industry by the fire escape. He quit his boring corporate job, relocated to America, earned his master's degree while suffering the iniquities of interning for free (anything for rock & roll!), and eventually began working for various record labels, accumulating mountains of records and (seemingly) useless rock trivia in the process. This eventually led him back to writing, and he has regularly contributed articles to multiple websites since 1999, working with many different rock genres but specializing, as always, in his personal hobby: hard rock and heavy metal. To quote from the insightful 'This Is Spinal Tap': "People should be jealous of me...I'm jealous of me...." Eduardo currently resides in Austin, TX, with his wife, two daughters, and far more records, CDs and MP3s than he'll ever have time to listen to.
Revisiting Steely Dan’s Classic Third LP, ‘Pretzel Logic’
The band's third album was released on Feb. 20, 1974.
Revisiting AC/DC’s Debut Australian Album, ‘High Voltage’
AC/DC didn’t start coming to the attention of fans around the world until the international release of High Voltage in April 1976.
That Time Cream Said ‘Goodbye’
The supergroup's last album was released on Feb. 15, 1969.
40 Years Ago: Judas Priest Release Dark Fourth LP, ‘Stained Class’
When Judas Priest released their fourth album, Stained Class, in February 1978, theys could never have dreamed that the album’s legacy was almost destroyed by a hideous tragedy.
Revisiting Frank Zappa’s ‘Burnt Weeny Sandwich’
After guiding the Mothers of Invention to significant critical respect and even modest commercial success over the second half of the ‘60s, Frank Zappa welcomed 1970 as a newly minted solo artist.
How Van Halen Broke Apart After Conquering the World With ‘1984′
When Van Halen’s ‘1984,’ arrived on Jan. 9, 1984, it felt like a much-needed respite in a year that had already started under the heavy vibes of George Orwell’s dystopian novel of the same name.
That Time Brian May and Eddie Van Halen Teamed Up to Record the ‘Star Fleet Project’
Brian May and Eddie Van Halen released the 'Star Fleet Project' EP in October 1983.
How AC/DC Elevated Their Career With the Live ‘If You Want Blood You’ve Got It’
By 1978, AC/DC had packed their relatively short, half-decade career with five albums and hundreds of concerts.
That Time Def Leppard Cleaned Out Their Closet for ‘Retro-Active’
By the start of the '90s, Def Leppard had established themselves, not only as one of the world’s premier hard rock rock bands, but also one of its most unfortunate.
Revisiting ‘Never Say Die!,’ the Last Album by Black Sabbath’s Original Lineup
Black Sabbath released Never Say Die!’ in September 1978.