, 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.
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
, 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,
Fricke has appeared on the Classic
documentaries on the making of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon
's Disraeli Gears
, Def Leppard
" and Frank Zappa
Fricke has also appeared on a number of Lou
documentaries and in the Wilco
documentary, I Am Trying to Break Your
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
record review section.
Fricke has written liner notes
number of compilations and box sets
- The 1993 Moby Grape compilation,
Very Best of Moby Grape
- The 1993 John Prine compilation,
- The 1993 Led Zeppelin compilation,
Led Zeppelin Box Set,
- The 1995 Hüsker Dü live
album, The Living
- The 1995 Velvet Underground
box set, Peel Slowly and
See; the 1997 "Fully loaded" reissue of Loaded
- The 1996-97 Byrds CD reissue
- The 1997 Simon &
Garfunkel compilation, "Old
- The 1997 Paul Kelly
compilation, "Songs from The South:
Paul Kelly's Greatest Hits"
- The 1998 Metallica covers compilation,
- The 1999 Jimi Hendrix live
compilation, Live at
- The 1999 Ramones compilation,
Let's Go: The
- The 2002 Nirvana "best-of"
- The 2005 Violent Femmes "best of"
Record: The Very Best of Violent Femmes
- The 2006 Frank Zappa box set,
- The 2007 The Church "best of"
compilation, Deep in the
- The 2007 Led Zeppelin "best of"
- The 2008 Billy Joel box set,
The Stranger 30th Anniversary
- The 2009 Frank Zappa box set,