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.
When Maceo Parker Met Prince: ‘Really, Really Special for Me’
The only problem was, he thought the legendary saxophonist was dead.
Why the First Posthumous Prince Release ‘4ever’ Was Such a Letdown
More often than not, this two-disc set is defined by what it isn't.
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.
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.
How Prince Found a Way to Channel Mavis Staples on ‘The Voice’
At one point, the former Staple Singers star called this the best album she'd ever made.
When Prince Dug Deep on the Unjustly Overlooked ‘Graffiti Bridge’ LP
The songs, many of them quite good, deserved a better vehicle.
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.