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Paul Williams, 64, pioneering rock journalist’s Crawdaddy! mag 18 months ahead of Rolling Stone

Updated: May 3, 2013 6:36AM

ENCINITAS, Calif. — Paul Williams, a pioneering rock music journalist whose Crawdaddy! magazine is considered the first U.S. publication to write seriously about rock ’n’ roll, has died in California. He was 64.

U-T San Diego says Mr. Williams died on Wednesday in an Encinitas care facility.

His wife, Cindy Lee Berryhill, told the Los Angeles Times that Mr. Williams died of complications of dementia triggered by head injuries from a 1995 bicycle accident.

Mr. Williams was a teenager when he began publishing Crawdaddy! in 1966. It appeared 18 months before Rolling Stone.

According to the Times, Mr. Williams found himself at a number of landmark pop culture events, being among the group singing “Give Peace a Chance” with John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1969 in Suite 1472 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.

Mr. Williams also wrote more than 30 books and helped introduce readers to the work of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. He was Dick’s literary executor.


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