Paul Williams, a pioneering rock music journalist whose Crawdaddy! Magazine is considered the first U.S. publication to write seriously about rock `n roll, has died in California. He was 64.

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Paul Williams, a pioneering rock music journalist whose Crawdaddy! Magazine is considered the first U.S. publication to write seriously about rock `n roll, has died in California. He was 64.

U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/X33TDK) says Williams died on Wednesday in an Encinitas care facility.

His wife, Cindy Lee Berryhill, tells the Los Angeles Times ( http://lat.ms/177Jgdz) 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.

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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.

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

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