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.
40 Years Ago: Peter Gabriel Begins Unusual Path to Fame With ‘Shock the Monkey’
Eccentric take on new wave seemed like a lot of things that it actually wasn't.
35 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Takes Off Again With ‘Learning to Fly’
David Gilmour's attempts to overcome a long-held fear led to the band's first-ever Billboard rock chart No. 1.
35 Years Ago: Roger Waters Breaks Up ‘Radio K.A.O.S.’ to No Avail
Pink Floyd mastermind ended up releasing four singles from the LP but none charted.
Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ Remix Wouldn’t Be Here Without Peter Jackson
Producer Giles Martin wasn't sure four-track-era LPs like this one could be properly reissued. Then came 'Get Back.'
45 Years Ago: Why Doobie Brothers Stumbled With ‘Livin’ on the Fault Line’
They suddenly had a blank canvas, with none of the biker-boogie band constraints from their early years.
50 Years Ago: The Band Boldly Reshapes With ‘Rock of Ages’
If it all sounded a little nervy and off the cuff, that's because it was.
Lemmy Kilmister’s Favorite Ozzy Osbourne Album Was No Surprise
Their long-time friendship was marked by brutal honesty – about work and life.
Journey Albums Ranked Worst to Best
Some Journey lineups were respected but low-selling, while others were bestsellers who got critically ignored. But which one was best?
35 Years Ago: ‘The Lost Boys’ Resets the Vampire Genre
Joel Schumacher's film smashed Hollywood's tired Transylvanian tropes with a dirt biker's chortle.
55 Years Ago: Yardbirds’ ‘Little Games’ Stumbles, Despite Jimmy Page
There was freedom in the air. Just not in throwback producer Mickie Most's sessions.
30 Years Ago: George Harrison’s ‘Live in Japan’ Celebrates a Brief Return
Concert recording seemed to herald a new era for the typically reclusive former Beatle.
50 Years Ago: Harry Nilsson Steers Toward the Ditch on ‘Son of Schmilsson’
He steadfastly refused to provide a proper sequel to the long-awaited breakthrough 'Nilsson Schmilsson.'