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.
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 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.
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.
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.
AC/DC Producer George Young, Brother of Malcolm and Angus Young, Dies
George Young produced several of his younger siblings' most successful AC/DC releases.
Prince’s ‘Clouds’ Reminds Us to Log Off Once in a While: 365 Prince Songs in a Year
Prince's concerns about the internet went far beyond commerce.
Prince Gets Back to His Old R&B Ways on ‘A Million Days': 365 Prince Songs in a Year
Prince's "A Million Days," a tender ballad that evolves into a torrid cry for love, arrived during a period of stability and retrenchment.
Las Vegas Mass Shooting: Rockers React
The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history has sparked an outpouring of emotion from rock stars.