Crawdaddy

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Screen caps of George and Olivia, 17 November 1976 (view the clip, and an interview with George, here).

"We have a nice relationship. When you strive for something higher in the next world, you have a much easier time in this one." - Olivia Harrison, Rolling Stone, 30 December 1976

"A slight, dark woman with a sculptured, almost Aztec face, she smiles often. The couple met while Olivia worked at Dark Horse. After more than two years, they are an informal familiar pair. Olivia reaches into her shopping bag, pulling out boxes of new shoes for George’s media tour. The first contains a pair of Italianesque loafers. Harrison tries them, a little shy, a little shaken by their sleekness. ‘They’ll look great with your new suit,’ Olivia says. She quickly offers another pair; brown suede with white stitching. Mimicking a clerk, she grabs George by the ankle: ‘They’re really you, sir.’ Harrison calls for a shoehorn. He tries them on and asks around for approval. Everybody oohs and ahhhs. ‘I’ll take a dozen, squire,’ he bellows.” - Crawdaddy, February 1977

A year and a half before Jann Wenner founded Rolling Stone, a teenager named Paul Williams started Crawdaddy! magazine. Launched in January 1966 by the precocious 17-year-old Swarthmore college student, Crawdaddy! was the first American music magazine to take “rock” music seriously. This was the era of Teen Beat and Tiger Beat, when pop stars were more likely to be asked about their favorite color rather than what inspired their creativity. Writer/editor Paul Williams, who died on Wednesday at the age of 64, changed all that by asking musicians what they were really thinking about.

—Pat Thomas remembers Paul Williams, founder of Crawdaddy Magazine and “The Godfather of Rock Criticism”