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.
Rock’s Most Dysfunctional Bands
Rock bands are a lot like families and, just like any family, they can be very dysfunctional.
The Story of the Ramones’ First Show
Their eponymous debut was so immediate that it was hard to believe they'd already been around for about two years.
How Jeff Beck Changed Everything With Top 10 Smash ‘Blow by Blow’
At this point, the former Yardbirds legend was no stranger to career crossroads.
Why Motorhead’s Breakthrough ‘Overkill’ Almost Never Happened
This sophomore album now stands as a widely praised, towering achievement in heavy-rock history.
How Metallica Crafted a Metal Masterpiece in ‘Master of Puppets’
Heavy metal effectively came of age in the '80s, as it coalesced into a bona fide rock 'n' roll subgenre.
How ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ Turned Comedy Up to 11
The film began as an earnest attempt to chronicle the legendary band’s triumphant comeback tour of America.
When the Allman Brothers Band Returned With ‘Enlightened Rogues’
The group had conclusively ground to a halt three years earlier. Or so it seemed.
When Steely Dan Got Twisted on ‘Pretzel Logic’
It may sound absurd today, but there was actually a point when their career longevity seemed anything but guaranteed.
How Cream Finally Said ‘Goodbye’
This album closed the book on the brief but consistently headline-hogging career of rock's first supergroup.
When Blue Oyster Cult Returned With ‘Tyranny and Mutation’
Few bands in rock 'n' roll history have so willingly wrapped themselves in mystery and misdirection.
How Judas Priest’s ‘Stained Class’ Showed the Way Forward
They started with a striking new logo and a futuristic cover art aesthetic that would define the band's image.
The Story of Aerosmith’s Debut Album
When Aerosmith’s eponymous debut slipped unassumingly onto record stores in January 1973, most critics could barely tell them apart from fellow longhaired upstarts the New York Dolls.