17 February 2012
320 pages, Hal Leonard Corporation; 1 edition (May 1, 2002)
When 17-year-old "Paul Williams" began publishing Crawdaddy! magazine in 1966, just as the American counterculture was poised to explode, the world was only beginning to take Rock music as seriously as the intelligencia took Folk and Jazz.
Preceding both "Rolling Stone" and Creem, Crawdaddy! has gone down in history as the pioneer of Rock journalism, and was the training ground for many Rock writers who would later become stars in their own right.
Now, "Paul Williams" has gathered the best of Crawdaddy! into a revealing anthology that captures a fascinating historical moment when "Jimi Hendrix", "The Doors", "The Grateful Dead" and "Buffalo Springfield" were unknown and as yet unheard, and inspired writers were struggling to find the language with which to describe this new, vital music. "Jon Landau", "Samuel R. Delany" and "Richard Meltzer" are just a few of the later-day luminaries who cut their teeth writing for Crawdaddy! and who are showcased in this stunning collection. Featuring essays and notes by Williams and over 25 photos, The Crawdaddy! Book is a must for anyone who loves the spirit of Rock'n'Roll.