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Paul Williams and the Birth of Rock Criticism

Geoffrey Himes, Paste, 16 April 2013

PAUL WILLIAMS, who died March 27, was the first music critic who ever made me think, "I want to do that." In some ways, Williams was the first to do "that" when it came to rock 'n' roll. On February 7, 1966, a year and a half before Jann Wenner founded Rolling Stone, Williams began Crawdaddy!, the first vehicle for serious writing about rock 'n' roll. "Crawdaddy! will feature neither pin-ups nor news-briefs," the 17-year-old Swarthmore College student announced; "the specialty of this magazine is intelligent writing."

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