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Paul Williams (1) (1948–2013)

Author of Das Energi

For other authors named Paul Williams, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Paul Williams was the founder of Crawdaddy!, the first American rock music magazine. He has also written 18 books


Works by Paul Williams

Das Energi (1973) 187 copies
Dylan - What Happened? (1980) 26 copies
Remember Your Essence (1987) 23 copies

Associated Works

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1964) — Afterword, some editions — 4,360 copies
The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike (1960) — Introduction, some editions — 301 copies
The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction (2009) — Contributor — 54 copies
Moving Through Here (1970) — Afterword, some editions — 27 copies
The Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick 1974 (1991) — Editor, some editions — 26 copies
Welcome to Reality: The Nightmares of Philip K. Dick (1991) — Contributor — 24 copies


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Crawdaddy! Founder Paul Williams 1948-2013 in Science Fiction Fans (April 2013)


A book of poems of spirituality and consciousness.
CenterPointMN | 3 other reviews | Jun 13, 2018 |
I'd like to see a work up of what kind of drugs they were on when they decided this was a good idea ~
Baku-X | 3 other reviews | Jan 10, 2017 |

The theme most often remarked upon and revisited throughout the entire book (and this series) is Bob Dylan’s (the artist) attempts through his creations, whether they be private, studio, or performance pieces, to “stop time”. In my own experience as a student of Gordon Lish I often witnessed first-hand the teacher’s vehement command for us all to “make time” through our fictions. I believe both Lish and Dylan mean basically the same thing. I know what it feels like to have spiritually entered into “made time”, and there is nothing more important and enduring for an artist to have experienced. (I erased the next paragraph I wrote as I was attempting to explain what it feels like but no analogy would suffice and therefore discovered I could not.)

Some readers of this book complain about the over-abundance of information and deconstruction of the many songs and performances Bob Dylan has provided us with over the course of several decades. The complaints center around the complainant’s desire to simply listen to and enjoy the work Dylan has given us, that that be enough, and to hell with all this other figuring things out and investigations over the whys and whatnots of every little thing the gifted man has done in his lifetime. But that is to miss the point of the entire exercise Paul Williams has accomplished here. And the only way to get there is for you to do the work of suffering through his details. It was worth every moment of my time.
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MSarki | Jan 23, 2016 |
This book has been so informative and thought-provoking that I went on and purchased the other two (Paul Williams died before completing his fourth) and I will read those in 2015. But to say this master-work is anything but amazing would be a travesty because of all the hard work, thought, and feeling that obviously went into the labor it took to produce these books on the greatest performer of all-time. Not to mention Bob Dylan being a pretty good singer/songwriter as well.
MSarki | Jan 24, 2015 |



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