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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 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. Even critics of Rolling Stone regard him as one of the most passionate, influential and knowledgeable music writers. 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 unrecorded song that Cobain wrote prior to his suicide titled "Me and My IV," which was recorded to "Do, Re, Me."

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" and Frank Zappa's Apostrophe and Over-Nite Sensation. Fricke has also appeared on a number of Lou Reed documentaries and in the Wilco documentary, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.

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

Liner Notes

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


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