David Fricke

David Fricke
Born (1952-06-04) June 4, 1952
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

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


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.[6]

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

His interviews with Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love for Rolling Stone, prior to Cobain's death, were widely cited.

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]

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.

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 and the liner notes are written by Fricke.[8][9]

Today, he writes the "Fricke's Picks Radio" podcast and the Alternate Take blog in Rolling Stone.[10]


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Essays and reporting

Album reviews

Album title Artist Reviewed in
Dungeon Golds The Minus 5 Fricke, David (May 2015). "[Untitled review]". Reviews. Rolling Stone (Australia). 762: 95. 
Policy Butler, Will Fricke, 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:


  1. 1 2 "David Fricke, of Rolling Stone magazine, discusses navigating his way through 'chaos'". The Express Times. 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  2. Archived October 16, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. "David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine tells intimate rock stories during talk at Allentown Art Museum". lehighvalleylive.com. 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2014-07-18.
  4. "Muhlenberg magazine cover" (PDF). Muhlenberg.edu. Retrieved 2014-07-18.
  5. "#132 Muhlenberg College". Forbes.com. Retrieved 2014-07-18.
  6. 1 2 "David Fricke of Rolling Stone tells intimate Rock stories during talk at Allentown Art Museum". The Express Times. 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  7. [>http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0327920/fullcredits "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: Full Cast & Crew"] Check |url= value (help). IMDb. IMDb. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  8. "Aztec Camera – High Land, Hard Rain". Aztec Camera on Discogs. Discogs. 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  9. "HIGH LAND, HARD RAIN". Domino USA. Domino USA. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  10. Fricke, David. "Alternate Take". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
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