President Obama’s Weekly Address (March 30, 2013)

March 31, 2013 at 7:40 am (Life & Politics)

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Phil Ramone (1941-2013)

March 31, 2013 at 7:20 am (Life & Politics, Music)

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Crawdaddy! Magazine Founder Paul Williams Dead at 64

March 31, 2013 at 7:19 am (Life & Politics, Music, Reviews & Articles)

Taken from the Los Angeles Times, May 28th, sadly Paul Williams has passed away. I was always a big fan of his writing, particularly his books on Bob Dylan. He was one of the pioneers of rock criticism and he will be greatly missed… 

Crawdaddy! magazine founder Paul Williams, often credited for helping establish the field of rock music criticism in the mid-1960s, died Wednesday at age 64 from complications related to a 1995 bicycle accident.

Williams’ wife, musician Cindy Lee Berryhill, confirmed her husband’s death in a post on Facebook, telling followers, “It was a gentle and peaceful passing.”

Williams, according to a note on his official website, “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.”

Crawdaddy! predated Rolling Stone by more than 18 months when Williams mimeographed and distributed the first edition on Feb. 7, 1966, while a 17-year-old student at SwarthmoreCollege in Pennsylvania. The fledgling magazine carried some of the first articles by such writers as Jon Landau, Sandy Pearlman, Richard Meltzer and Peter Knobler, and included the first major interview with Bruce Springsteen in 1972.

Williams’ note in the first issue read, “You are looking at the first issue of a magazine of rock and roll criticism. Crawdaddy! will feature neither pin-ups nor news-briefs; the specialty of this magazine is intelligent writing about pop music.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Paul Williams (1948-2013)

March 31, 2013 at 7:05 am (Life & Politics, Music)

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