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Passings: Paul Williams, Founder of Crawdaddy Magazine (1948 - 2013)

Paul Williams, the journalist who created Crawdaddy! magazine, died on Wednesday from complications of injuries he received in a 1995 bicycling accident.

In that accident, Williams suffered a traumatic brain injury that led to early dementia and, ultimately, his passing on Wednesday.

Williams wife, Cindy Lee Berryhill, wrote the following on her Facebook page:
Rock-writer Paul S Williams, author and creator of CRAWDADDY magazine, (and my husband), passed away last night 10:30pm PST while his oldest son was holding his hand and by his side. It was a gentle and peaceful passing.
Williams created Crawdaddy! in early 1966 while a student at Swarthmore College. Originally just a mimeographed personal publication, the magazine grew to be a major force in the music publishing business, predating such music stalwarts as Rolling Stone and Cream. Williams was only originally involved until 1968 but he returned to the publication from 1993 to 2003.

Williams went on to author 25 books including Outlaw Blues: A Book of Rock Music (1969), Bob Dylan: What Happened? (1979), Rock and Roll: The 100 Best Singles (1993) and Brian Wilson & the Beach Boys: How Deep is the Ocean? (1997).

The original issues of Crawdaddy! are now available on-line for free at Wolfgang's Vault.