David Fricke

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David Fricke
Born (1952-06-04) June 4, 1952 (age 68)
Alma mater Muhlenberg College
  • Journalist
  • editor
Employer Rolling Stone

David Fricke (born June 4, 1952)[ citation needed ] is an American music journalist who serves as the senior editor at Rolling Stone magazine, where he writes predominantly on rock music. One of the best known names in rock journalism, his career has spanned over 40 years. [1] In the 1990s, he was the magazine's music editor [2] before stepping down.


Early life and education

Fricke graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1973. [3] [4] [5]


The first concert that Fricke attended was a Pink Floyd concert. It was his love for live music that set him on his career path of becoming a music journalist. [6]

Before joining Rolling Stone, where he is now senior editor, he wrote for Circus , Trouser Press , Synapse , and Good Times. [6] [1]

He has appeared on the Classic Albums documentaries on the making of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon , Cream's Disraeli Gears , Def Leppard's Hysteria , Nirvana's Nevermind , Metallica's Black Album , Peter Gabriel's So , Frank Zappa's Apostrophe and Over-Nite Sensation as well as Rush's Moving Pictures and 2112 albums. Fricke has also appeared on a number of Lou Reed documentaries and in the Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart . [7]

The Domino Recording Company released the North American version of the 30th anniversary reissue of Aztec Camera's debut album, High Land, Hard Rain , in 2014 with liner notes written by Fricke. [8] [9]

He currently writes the "Fricke's Picks Radio" podcast and the Alternate Take blog in Rolling Stone, as well as serving as the Host of the Friday Night Affair on “Tom Petty Radio”. [10]


Essays and reporting

Album reviews

Album titleArtistReviewed in
Dungeon GoldsThe Minus 5Fricke, David (May 2015). "[Untitled review]". Reviews. Rolling Stone (Australia). 762: 95.
PolicyButler, WillFricke, David (May 2015). "[Untitled review]". Reviews. Rolling Stone (Australia). 762: 98.

Liner notes

Fricke has written liner notes for a number of albums, compilations and box sets, including:

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