David's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Atlanta Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 4

  • ON DVD:

DAVID FRICKE

Senior Editor
Rolling Stone Magazine

“I could stop today, look back and say, I had a great time. The things that I dreamed about...it’s amazing how many of them actually came true. But I’m not done.”

INTERESTS:

Journalism Music Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Desire Family Individualism Passion Perseverance Success Struggle

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

cliches, conventional, do it, double life, just do it, middle class, music, obsessed, obsessed with music, radio station, ralph gleason, rejection, review, stock boy, the beatles

BIOGRAPHY:

  • When asked if he had a “dream job” growing up, he points to his desk; he’s living his dream.
  • Grew up in a “golden age” of music; was 15, 16 when the Beatles were releasing what are now considered some of the best records in history.
  • Says he lived two lives in school: worked hard in class, spent the rest of his time at a radio station; went on-air as often as possible.
  • Graduated with a degree in English but wasn’t really pursuing anything; got a job as a stock boy instead.
  • Started writing for local paper; they paid him five dollars for a story; never cashed that first check, couldn’t believe he was getting paid to write.
  • Would write for anyone who’d have him; says he “learned to write” by just sitting down and doing it.
  • After getting rejected by the Washington Post, he wrote a review dedicated to critic Ralph Gleason; Gleason’s widow wrote him a letter of encouragement.
  • Letter said “if you’re going to be a writer, you have to be your own person”; he says that letter “told him he was on the right course.”

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