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.
How Prince Finally Broke Free With the Sprawling ‘Emancipation’
This album was ultimately about freedom – freedom from expectations, freedom from rules, freedom from his old label.
20 Years Ago: Prince Tries For Santana-Like Success With ‘Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic’
'Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic' was shaping up like a throwback – then Arista Records' Clive Davis had an idea.
5 Years Ago: How Prince Stormed Back With ‘Art Official Age’
This comeback coincided with another career plot twist: A new contract with his old nemesis, Warner Bros.
30 Years Ago: Prince Returns to ‘Saturday Night Live’ for an ‘Electric’ Performance
He was an old pro by then. The same couldn't be said for Prince's young drummer.
Prince’s ‘Emancipation,’ ‘Chaos and Disorder’ and ‘Versace Experience’ Return on Vinyl
This trio of mid-'90s projects includes his expansive first post-Warner Bros. album and a release that's since been hailed as the costliest cassette ever.
When Prince Basically Made the Time’s Debut Album By Himself
He produced, arranged, recorded, largely wrote and almost completely played their self-titled 1981 release.
Who Recorded With Prince the Longest?
Figuring out who had the lengthiest collaborative stint in the studio might seem a bit oxymoronic.
Why Prince’s ‘Chaos and Disorder’ Isn’t the Throwaway He Made It out to Be
This project emerged from a period that was defined, in fact, by chaos and disorder.
Why We Struggled to Say ‘Goodbye’ to Prince: 365 Prince Songs in a Year
We said goodbye when there was still so much left to say. We said goodbye in the most shocking, saddest of ways.
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.