Rolling Stone Magazines senior editor, David Frick, returned
to HPU May 27 to share professional experiences with the HPU
Press Club and communication faculty.
After being introduced by Communication Professor Dr. John
Hart, Frick shared some of his experiences from his 15 years
at the famous music publication. I love my jobI
love music and I love to write, said Frick with a smile.
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Frick, who is tall and skinny with a hairstyle from the 70s,
described his most recent assignment: to write a cover story
about Ozzy Osbourne. Frick spent five hours over two days to
get below the surface with Osborne and find the right angle
for his article, which appeared earlier this summer.
Osbourne is one of the sharpest people I have ever met,
said Frick. But as he stutters and is disjointed, it was
a challenge to interview him.
When asked how difficult it is to stay objective when writing,
Frick replied: No writer is totally objectivehumans
are not made that way. To exemplify the point, Frick recounted
his experiences in 1982 writing a cover story about the Red
Hot Chili Peppers. The first three members of the band
were very cooperative and easy to interview. The guitar player,
who already had a reputation of being difficult, Had an
attitude from the beginning, Frick said. Frick eventually
cut the interview short, and when it was time to choose picture
for the cover, he told the photo editor to take out the
I failed to stay objective, said Frick, and
I regret that today.
Concluding, Frick offered the listeners some advice about becoming
a good writer. Create a voice that people want to listen
to, he said, and Find a way to write a story that
nobody has heard before.