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.
50 Years Ago: Self-Titled Linda Ronstadt LP Allows Eagles to Fly
Ironically, it was an abysmal chart failure, stalling at No. 163 on the 'Billboard' pop album chart.
35 Years Ago: ‘Sid and Nancy’ Empathizes With a Doomed Sex Pistols Bassist
Sid Vicious became a symbol of how the punk aesthetic could devolve into pointless self-destruction.
How Led Zeppelin’s ‘Going to California’ Crushed on Joni Mitchell
Robert Plant said this song "might be a bit embarrassing at times lyrically, but it did sum up a period of my life when I was 22."
45 Years Ago: Ringo Starr’s Impressive Solo Run Ends With ‘Rotogravure’
The expiration date for this LP's unifying concept had passed, and there was nothing he could do to save it.
Beatles’ Dashed-Off ‘She Loves You’ Was Actually Carefully Made
They took weeks constructing the song, between stops as Roy Orbison's opening act, then hours recording it.
Doobie Brothers Albums Ranked Worst to Best
They remain an intriguing dichotomy of a band.
50 Years Ago: Paul McCartney Breaks Every Rule on ‘Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey’
His first solo No. 1 single actually hearkened back to the way he worked toward the end of his time with the Beatles.
Why the Beatles Haven’t Remixed ‘Rubber Soul’ or ‘Revolver’ Yet
Producer Giles Martin discusses the challenges of updating their four track-era gems.
How Chuck Berry Overcame Royalty Ripoffs and Racists: Exclusive Clip
Watch a preview of upcoming episode of PBS' 'In Their Own Words' focusing on the rock pioneer.
35 Years Ago: Neil Young Plugs In the Synths for ‘Landing on Water’
He'd been fighting his record company, his muse and the era itself for most of the '80s. This was the sound of capitulation.