Nick DeRiso is associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock. Named columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association during a lengthy career in newspapers, he previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
45 Years Ago: Bob Marley Breaks Out With the Wailers’ ‘Catch a Fire’
'Catch a Fire' launched Bob Marley's international career, while also cracking the foundation of his band.
35 Years Ago: R.E.M.’s Small-Scale Ambitions Come Up Big on ‘Murmur’
Their debut album was perfectly titled: R.E.M. did indeed arrive like a murmur, something you heard in passing more than really saw coming.
25 Totally Crazy Music Conspiracy Theories
Insane, and maybe untrue, stories about famous people have been around for ages.
How Neil Finn’s Friendship With Mick Fleetwood Led to a Gig With Fleetwood Mac
Neil Finn's sudden appearance in Fleetwood Mac's touring lineup seemed to come out of left field, but it really didn't.
25 Years Ago: David Bowie Opens Up on ‘Black Tie White Noise’
An emotional turning point informed every element of David Bowie's 'Black Tie White Noise,' which arrived on April 5, 1993.
Prince Struggles With Love’s Implications on ‘3 Chains O’ Gold': 365 Prince Songs in a Yea…
In love, as in so many things, Prince could be inscrutable. Occasionally, however, his art would provide important clues.
Prince’s ‘Strollin” Gives George Benson a Warm Musical Hug: 365 Prince Songs in a Year
Prince inhabits the guise of a good friend on the George Benson-esque "Strollin'."
Prince’s ‘The Work Pt. 1′ Is His Valentine to James Brown: 365 Prince Songs in a Year
"The Work Pt. 1" makes explicit Prince's life-long admiration for James Brown.
Prince’s ‘Breakfast Can Wait’ Out-Chappelles Dave Chappelle: 365 Prince Songs in a Year
Prince's "Breakfast Can Wait" was more than a throwback to his carnal '80s zenith. It was also an example of his impish sense of humor.
Prince’s ‘Sex in the Summer’ Reveals Fatherhood’s Lost Promise: 365 Prince Songs in a Year
On the surface, "Sex in the Summer" is simply another breezy, lightly suggestive turn by Prince. There's far more to it.