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Ed Ward (January 2005)

Edmund Ward (born 1948) is an American writer and radio commenter known since 1986 as the "rock-and-roll historian" for NPR's program Fresh Air and one of the original founders of Austin's South by Southwest music festival.[1]

Ward grew up in Eastchester, New York. He attended Antioch College and began his music-writing career in 1965. He has been on the staff of Crawdaddy! (1967), Rolling Stone (1970), and Creem (1971–1977) magazines and of the Austin American-Statesman and The Austin Chronicle (where he has been honored as part of their annual "Restaurant Poll", lending his name to their "Ed Ward Memorial Sandwich" award).[2] He is the author of The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963 (2016) and Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of an American Guitar Hero (1983). He was the co-author (with Geoffrey Stokes and Ken Tucker) of Rock of Ages: The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll (1983) and wrote content with Rashod Ollison for the PBS website for the documentary series Get Up, Stand Up: The Story of Pop and Protest.[3] He was based in Berlin, Germany, between 1993 and 2008, when he moved to Montpellier, France. In 2013 he repatriated and is now living in Austin. In addition to his rock-and-roll history lessons on Fresh Air he contributes to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and various music magazines.


  1. ^ At SXSW, music is still what matters Elvis Mitchell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 26, 1998.
  2. ^ "Postmarks", The Austin Chronicle, June 18, 2004. Accessed 9 March 2007
  3. ^ Official PBS website Accessed 9 March 2007

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