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.
Prince Celebrates a ‘Rock and Roll Love Affair,’ or Maybe Not: 365 Prince Songs in a Year
No one ever confirmed whether "Rock and Roll Love Affair" was, in fact, about Prince's relationship with Andy Allo.
Prince’s ‘Face Down’ Leads to a ‘Seismic Shift': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
It all started with a snarky music writer.
Prince Shames the Greedy on ‘Money Don’t Matter 2 Night': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
Prince's nervy anti-traditionalism inevitably came up against one of the most deeply held, longest-running prejudices of them all: status.
How a Crush Eventually Led to Chaka Khan’s Best-Known Hit: 365 Prince Songs in a Year
It took a while, but Prince's long-distance infatuation with Chaka Khan led to a close working relationship – and Khan's signature song.
Prince Pushes Back Against Societal Ills on ‘Sign O’ the Times': 365 Prince Songs in a Yea…
Prince had made topical music before, but never with these kind of raw specifics.
Prince Finds Throwback Success With ‘Black Sweat': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
"Black Sweat" was the kind of song that frustrated as much as it delighted. Why wasn't Prince always this great?
Prince Goes All-Out ’70s on the Overlooked ‘Sleep Around': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
In 1997, the 'Washington City Paper' called Prince's "Sleep Around" a "definite future hit." So, what happened?
Prince Sets a New Course on ‘Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
"Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad" made Prince's intentions known: This career wouldn't be contained by any old R&B paradigm.
David Byrne Expands ‘American Utopia’ World Tour
The second leg of David Byrne's dates begin with an appearance during the first week of Coachella.
Prince Anonymously Explores Jazz With Madhouse: 365 Prince Songs in a Year
It was only fitting that Prince gave Leeds his own showcase in the form of the fusion project Madhouse.