Paul Williams

Paul Williams
Paul Williams was the founder of the first national U.S. magazine of rock music journalism, Crawdaddy!, in 1966, and the author of more than 25 books, including books on the music of Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, and Neil Young, and a popular “consciousness handbook,” Das Energi. Paul passed away in March, 2013, at the age of 64.

Articles by Paul Williams

Big In Spain

A San Diego group’s extraordinary success abroad.

"In the future," Andy Warhol predicted, "everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes." But for a few San Diego musicians, it seems that the future's arrived ahead of schedule and landed them halfway around the ...

The Lost Powerdresser

The disappearance of Denver Lucas - what it meant for the San Diego music scene

Love of music creates communities — usually short-lived communities, called “scenes” — that can change lives and, if the circumstances are right, change the world and the course of history. When I moved to Encinitas ...

Crawdaddy's Daddy

Paul Williams interviews himself on John and Yoko, Jan Wenner, Bob Dylan, Timothy O'Leary

Q: What are you doing in San Diego? A: The quick answer is, I fell in love with a woman who lives here. And one good thing about being a writer is, you can do ...

Pearl Jam dog paddle

Self-inflicted hassles from trying to tour without Ticketmaster

This is not precisely about music. Rather, it’s about a strange swamp our love of music seems to drag us into, the sticky question of our relationship with the rock star. “I wanna die wasted, ...

Girl in the Mind Garden

Nico: Rock-n-roll's spookiest and sexiest chick.

A little-known fact: Jackson Browne was once a member of the Velvet Underground. Not really. But not far off. I have a correspondent in Tokyo, a magazine editor, who tells me that the current crop ...

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