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Pioneering rock writer Paul Williams dies at 64

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ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) — Paul Williams, a pioneering rock music journalist whose Crawdaddy! magazine preceded Rolling Stone, has died in Southern California. He was 64.

U-T San Diego says Williams died on Wednesday in an Encinitas care facility. His wife, Cindy Lee Berryhill, tells the Los Angeles Times that Williams died of complications of dementia triggered by head injuries from a 1995 bicycle accident.

Williams was a teenager when he began publishing Crawdaddy! in 1966. It appeared 18 months before Rolling Stone and is considered the first U.S. publication to write seriously about rock 'n roll.

Williams also wrote more than 30 books and helped introduce readers to the work of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. He was Dick's literary executor.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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