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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Paul Williams Benefit on May 9

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 12:10 PM

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Trailblazing rock critic Paul Williams has had health problems of late. As a teenager in the 1960s, Williams founded what could be considered the first rock music magazine, Crawdaddy!, and has written a number of books including the amazing Bob Dylan: Performing Artist series that may well among be the best books of serious rock criticism ever written. A few years back, I ordered by phone an issue of the re-vamped Crawdaddy!; I was a little surprised that Williams himself answered the phone and took my order—not to mention pleased to be actually talking to the man. Anyway, as has been reported in other media outlets, Williams is not doing well, and his family is currently asking for donations on his website.

Someday Lounge has just announced a benefit show for Williams will take place on May 9, featuring the likes of Lookbook, Soft Tags, Naming Names, and Dear Ether. Read the full press release after the jump. You may not have heard of Paul Williams, but I am not overstating it when I say he's an incredibly important figure in 20th century popular music. This is a great benefit for a great cause.

Full press release after the jump.

THE SOMEDAY LOUNGE PRESENTS
A BENEFIT FOR PAUL WILLIAMS WITH..

LOOKBOOK
SOFT TAGS
NAMING NAMES
DEAR ETHER

SATURDAY, MAY 9
At The Someday Lounge
125 NW 5th Ave
Portland, Oregon
9pm $6-$10 donation at the door
www.somedaylounge.com

Right now, Paul Williams, one of the pioneers of rock criticism, is in very serious trouble. In 1966, as a 17-year-old college student, Williams founded the gloriously anarchic Crawdaddy! magazine, which predated both Rolling Stone and Creem. After he left Crawdaddy!, Williams sang in the background on the Plastic Ono Band's "Give Peace a Chance", published a series of books about Bob Dylan, and wrote a Rolling Stone article that helped repopularize the work of the cult sci-fi author Philip K. Dick.

In 1995, Williams suffered a traumatic brain injury in a bicycle accident, which may have caused early onset Alzheimer's. Last year, Williams' wife Cindy Lee Berryhill had to move him to an assisted living facility when she couldn't care for both him and their eight-year-old son. Right now, Williams' family is accepting donations to help with his care; and given that Williams was working as a freelancer before his accident, their need is particularly great.

The Someday Lounge, along with Lookbook, Soft Tags, Naming Names, and Dear Ether are proud to host this benefit for Mr. Williams and his family. Come out and support a great cause while listening to great music!

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