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Paul Williams dies at 64; pioneering chronicler of rock music
Paul Williams dies at 64; pioneering chronicler of rock music

Paul Williams was returning to his dorm room when a fellow student relayed a message that was radical even for the 1960s: "Hey, Williams! You got a phone call from Bob Dylan." Not long before, it was Paul Simon who had rung Williams up on the hallway pay phone. He too wanted to let the Swarthmore College freshman know how much he enjoyed his writing. At 17, Williams was the founder and editor of Crawdaddy, a tiny journal of rock criticism whose first edition he mimeographed in a friend's Brooklyn basement and distributed to record stores, clubs and concert halls. Williams, who beat Rolling Stone to press by more than 18 months and is now widely credited as a pioneer of...

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