Tuesday, September 22, 2009

PAUL WILLIAMS

If you don't know who Paul Williams is, let me tell you, he's not the boxer or the former member of The Temptations, Paul Williams is the founder of Crawdaddy magazine (along with Creem and Oz, some of the best writing about music, ever...fuck Rolling Stone and their monopoly, history is written by the winners [or Wenners in this case], and the winners seem to the jagoffs with no vision)...but what I know Paul Williams from best is his extraordinary writing on Bob Dylan in his "Performing Artist" series of books, which, along with Jimmy McDonough and Lester Bangs is basically on the very short list of books about rock and roll. Williams' Dylan books are so magnificent, if you really pay attention, they are almost singularly responsible for changing the perception of the man and his work. Williams is one of the great listeners and interpreters of art in this or any era. He actually makes the idea of music crtique seem essential. Anyway, he is suffering from very severe stages of dementia. He is under full time medical supervision. His family is struggling to pay the bills. This is fucking tragic. He is a truly great man. Please help if you can.

http://paulwilliams.com/

http://paulwilliams.com/donations.html

7 comments:

Deanna said...

While completely unrelated to the above post, Around the World with Orson Welles is available on Netflix Instant and well worth watching.

Rich On Liz's Computer said...

Yeah that show was great, Ive had the DVD for a few years. Speaking of which we need to have a post-wedding movie night.

Mr Bigpants Cock (of the) Walk said...

I think its lovely that, in light of Rich and Liz's big weekend, Top Chef is skipping a week in observation.

Mr Bigpants Cock (of the) Walk said...

and they titled the next episode "Honeymoon Edition"

liz not signed in said...

hahaha! thanks tim! i'm sure they're thinking of us. who isn't?!

Deanna said...

I hope there are speeches.

Mr Bigpants Cock (of the) Walk said...

no speeches this wedding. smart ass.
hey d, if you remember, can u bring a picture of yr new cat this weekend?