David Fricke

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David Fricke
Born (1952-06-04) June 4, 1952 (age 61)
United States
Alma mater Muhlenberg College
Occupation Magazine editor, journalist

David Fricke (born June 4, 1952) is a senior editor at Rolling Stone magazine, where he writes predominantly on rock music. His career has spanned over 30 years.[1] In the 1990s, he was the magazine's music editor[2] before stepping down.

Early life and education[edit]

Fricke graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1972.[3][4][5] There, he was a student DJ and studied journalism.


Before joining Rolling Stone, where he is now senior editor, he wrote for Circus and Good Times.[6][7]

His interviews with Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love for Rolling Stone, prior to Cobain's death, were widely cited. In one, Love spoke of an unreleased song that Cobain wrote prior to his death titled "Me and My IV", which was recorded as "Do, Re, Mi".

His very first concert that he attended was to see Pink Floyd. It was his love for live music that set him on his career path of becoming a music journalist.[8]

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.

He wrote the introductions to the program guides for Phish's 2009 Halloween performance of Exile on Main Street and 2010 Halloween performance of Waiting for Columbus.

Today, he writes the "Fricke's Picks Radio" podcast and the Alternate Take blog in Rolling Stone.[9]

Liner notes[edit]

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


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