David Fricke

David Fricke

David Fricke is a senior editor at Rolling Stone magazine, where he writes predominantly on rock music. In the 1990s, he was managing editor[1] before stepping down.


David Fricke is a graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Before joining Rolling Stone, where he is now senior editor, he wrote for Circus and Good Times.

Fricke's 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 suicide titled "Me and My IV", which was recorded to "Do, Re, Mi".

Fricke 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, 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.

Fricke wrote the introduction to the program guide for Phish's 2009 Halloween performance of Exile on Main Street.

Fricke today writes the "Fricke's Picks" column in the Rolling Stone record review section.

He also wrote the introduction to the program guide for Phish's 2010 Halloween performance of Waiting for Columbus.

Liner notes

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


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