Ed Ward, Rock Critic and Historian, Is Dead at 72

His reviews for Crawdaddy, Rolling Stone and Creem were admired. But his tough criticism at The Austin American-Statesman inspired a “Dump Ed Ward” movement.

By Richard Sandomir

Ed Ward, an uncompromising rock ‘n’ roll critic for Rolling Stone, The Austin American-Statesman and other publications who was also the rock historian on NPR’s “Fresh Air” and the author of two acclaimed books about rock, was found dead on May 3 at his home in Austin, Texas. He was 72.

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