Paul Williams (Crawdaddy! creator)

Paul Williams (Crawdaddy! creator)

Paul Williams (born May 19, 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts) created the first US magazine of rock music criticism "" in January 1966 on the campus of Swarthmore College with the help of some of his fellow science fiction fans (he had previously put out some science fiction fanzines). He left the magazine in 1968 and reclaimed the title in 1993, but had to end it in 2003 due to financial difficulties.

He is also the author of more than 25 books, of which the best-known are "Outlaw Blues", "Das Energi", and "Bob Dylan, Performing Artist", the acclaimed three-part series. Williams is a leading authority on the works of musicians Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, and Neil Young, and science fiction writers Philip K. Dick (serving as the executor of his literary estate) and Theodore Sturgeon. His most recent book is "The 20th Century's Greatest Hits" (a "Top 40" list that includes movies, books & other documents [] ).

In 1981 he edited and published, with David Hartwell, the first book edition of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with a forward by Jimmy Carter.

From 1982 to 1992 Williams ran the Philip K. Dick Society along with Keith Bowden in the UK. PKDS had some thousands of members internationally and was a significant influence in publicising Dick's work internationally. It published 40 quarterly Newsletters including some previously unpublished Dick material.

In 1992 Williams began a relationship with anti-folk co-founder and singer [ Cindy Lee Berryhill] , now his wife. He currently lives in San Diego, California with Berryhill and their son and is working on his latest book.


Paul Williams, Ed, "The International Bill of Human Rights", Entwhistle, 1981.

PKDS Newsletters 1-40,, 1982-1992.

External links

* [ Official Site]
* [ Crawdaddy! Online]

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