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 the newspaper industry, he previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Has Died
She was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
30 Years Ago: Prince Replaces ‘The Black Album’ With ‘Lovesexy’
Prince's 'Lovesexy' lived up to the dichotomy inherent in its title.
50 Years Ago: Sly and the Family Stone Go Mainstream With ‘Dance to the Music’
Before 'Dance to the Music' arrived, Sly and the Family Stone hadn't made a dent in the charts. That soon changed.
Prince Gives Warner Bros. More Than They Asked For With ‘Come': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
This was the point when Prince's insurrection – begun the year before when he famously changed his name – became real.
Prince’s ‘Colonized Mind’ Boldly Confronts a World of Disappointment: 365 Prince Songs in …
"Colonized Mind" showed that Prince's concerns about being co-opted went well beyond a hated contract with Warner Bros.
Charles Manson, Mass Murderer Who Twisted Beatles Lyrics, Is Dead
Charles Manson's death brings to a close a life defined by lawlessness, and framed by a deeply misguided obsession with the Beatles.
Prince’s Sharp, Minimalistic ‘Hot Thing’ Provides Needed Release: 365 Prince Songs in a Ye…
Prince's 'Sign O' the Times' can end up playing like a breakup record – but not here.
B-52’s Co-Founder Cindy Wilson Steps Out on Her Own With Electronica-Infused New Sound
Cindy Wilson's forthcoming solo album breaks the mold she created with the B-52's.
Prince’s ‘Chelsea Rodgers’ Is as Funky as It Is Mysterious: 365 Prince Songs in a Year
A fierce and groovy character sketch, Prince's "Chelsea Rodgers" nearly got lost in speculation: Just who, if anybody, was Chelsea Rodgers?
How John Blackwell Jr. Helped Prince Reach a Transformative Moment on ‘Everywhere': 365 Pr…
Prince's "Everywhere" began a lengthy, sound-shifting period of collaboration with the late drummer John Blackwell Jr.