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Paul Williams (born May 19, 1948 in Boston, Massachusettsmarker) created the first US magazine of rock music criticism :Crawdaddy! in January 1966 on the campus of Swarthmore Collegemarker 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 G. Hartwell, a book edition of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with a foreword 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 It published 30 quarterly Newsletters including some previously unpublished Dick material.


In 1972, Williams married Sachiko Kanenobu, Japan’s first female singer-songwriter; they raised two children.

In the 1980s, he was married to Donna Nassar who provided many illustrations for Crawdaddy!'s second incarnation.

In 1992 Williams began a relationship with anti-folk co-founder and singer Cindy Lee Berryhill, now his wife. As of 2009, Williams lives in San Diego, Californiamarker with Berryhill and their son. He is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, the onset of which is attributed to a brain injury sustained in a 1995 bicycle accident.As is so often the case in the United States, the medical bills have been enormous, and the family is asking for donations toward his continued medical care.


  • Outlaw Blues: A Book of Rock Music (1969)
  • Time Between (1972)
  • Das Energi (1973)
  • Pushing Upward (1973)
  • Apple Bay (1976)
  • Coming (1977)
  • Right To Pass (1977)
  • Heart of Gold (written 1978, published 1991)
  • Bob Dylan: What Happened? (1979)
  • The Book of Houses (1980)
  • Common Sense (1982)
  • Waking Up Together (1984)
  • Only Apparently Real: The World of Philip K. Dick (1986)
  • Remember Your Essence (1987)
  • Rock and Roll: The 100 Best Singles (1993)
  • Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, Vol 1. (1990)
  • Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, Vol 2: The Middle Years (1992)
  • "Energi Inscriptions" (1995)
  • Bob Dylan: Watching The River Flow (1996)
  • Neil Young: Love To Burn (1997)
  • Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys – How Deep Is The Ocean? (1997)
  • The Twentieth Century’s Greatest Hits (2000)
  • Bob Dylan: Mind Out of Time (Performing Artist Vol. 3, 1987-2000) (2004)

Books as editor

  • The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon, Vol. I-XII


  • Paul Williams, Ed, "The International Bill of Human Rights", Entwhistle, 1981.
  • PKDS Newsletters 1-30,, 1982-1992.

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