Nick DeRiso is UCR's assistant managing editor. He was 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, and previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
How R&B Created a Foundation for the Beatles: ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll is Black’
"Black music started the revolution in the world, the so-called youth revolution," John Lennon argued.
Little Richard, Rock Pioneer, Dies at 87
Hits like "Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally" and "Good Golly Miss Molly" were influential to many, especially the Beatles.
May 2020 New Music Releases
The month will be dominated by solo records from members and ex-members of Styx, INXS, the Monkees and Yes.
Why the Coronavirus Is Now Threatening Concerts and Festivals
As worry grows over large gatherings, could COVID-19 lead to cancellation of rock's biggest season?
Why Warner Bros. Finally Pulled the Plug on Prince’s Paisley Park Records
Prince's vanity imprint had released 23 albums when its parent label ended things.
How Prince Stitched Together a Final Triumph With ‘HitnRun Phase Two’
He left on a high note, but it wasn't entirely the result of third-act creativity.
Doobie Brothers, Judas Priest, Soundgarden Lead New Rock Hall Nominations
The 35th annual induction ceremony will be held May 2, 2020 at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.
When Prince Broke Up the Revolution Over Dinner
Their short but strikingly productive tenure coincided with his meteoric rise to fame.
When Prince Took a Begrudging Look Back on ‘The Hits/The B-Sides’
This well-received compilation represented another round in his seemingly never-ending tangle with Warner Bros.
25 Years Ago: Why Elton John Almost Never Made ‘The Lion King’
The soundtrack became a multi-million-selling, Oscar-winning 1994 triumph, but it wasn't easy.