Pioneering Rock Journalist Dies At 64

ENCINITAS, Calif. (April 1, 2013)--Paul Williams, a pioneering rock music journalist whose Crawdaddy! Magazine is considered the first U.S. publication to write seriously about rock and roll, has died in California at 64.

Williams died on Wednesday in a care facility in Encinitas, Calif.

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

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

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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