Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Help Paul Williams

Called by many the “father of rock criticism” after founding Crawdaddy Magazine at the age of 17, crucial early champion of Philip K Dick, author of the underground classic Das Energi, confidant of John Lennon, biographer of Bob Dylan and traveling companion to the Grateful Dead, Paul Williams has lived a half dozen remarkable lifetimes, and his work as rock critic, holistic philosopher and avant-garde underground gadfly forms a unique and indespensible link through the past 40 years of pop and rock culture.

In 1995, Paul Williams suffered a traumatic brain injury in a bicycle accident, leading to early onset of dementia, and a steady decline to the point where he now requires full-time care. The burden on his immediate family has been immense.

Donations are currently being accepted over at PaulWilliams.com to help out with the family's expense. Fans of Sixties' music will undoubtedly be familiar with Mr. Williams and the magazine he founded, Crawdaddy! Basically, this was the first serious Rock magazine on the scene, predating even Rolling Stone by a year and a half. Mr. Williams' contributions to the cause of great Rock music have been enormous, and as such, I am calling on all you Children of the Sphere to help his family out, even if it's just a dollar or two.

And while you're over there, click on the "Writings" tab, scroll down a little bit and treat yourself to every issue of the original Crawdaddy! magazine, completely scanned and free of charge! I J-Pinnacle insist these are mandatory required reading for all denizens of my blog. Now go forth and feed your mind on some serious first generation rock crit!

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