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"All my life I've been waiting for this, and now it can happen. A Williams is going to win." -- Richard Williams
Richard Williams (born 1947 in Sheffield) is a British music and sports journalist.

As a writer, then deputy editor, of the weekly rock magazine Melody Maker, he became an influential commentator on the rise of new forms of rock music at the end of the 1960s. Williams and MM, as it was known, helped to promote and contextualise styles such as progressive rock and folk rock. In particular, Williams wrote several key articles around 1970 which first drew UK audiences' attention to the importance of a then-obscure (and disintegrating) band, The Velvet Underground. Melody Maker was then a magazine which still covered jazz and Williams wrote about the more progressive developments in this field also.

The magazine's serious approach to rock music and culture, under the editorship of Ray Coleman, secured MM a huge circulation by the close of the 1960s and the start of the 1970s. It left New Musical Express, a more pop-oriented weekly, in its wake as MM caught the mood of a new generation of rock followers at a time when the music had transcended its Top 40 roots to become a powerful symbol of social and cultural change. Williams was the most vocal and influential supporter of Bob Marley during the early seventies. He wrote several key features at the Melody Maker which resulted in Marley's first important cover stories.

Williams moved on to new challenges in the early 1970s. Beginning in May 1970, he contributed to The Times, becoming one of the first people to write seriously about any form of popular culture in a newspaper historically associated with the old British establishment, and he continued to write for that paper until October 1989, by which time it had been taken over by Rupert Murdoch and moved to Wapping. He also wrote regularly for Radio Times. His career detoured when he left journalism to join Island Records A&R department in 1973. For two years, he signed and developed artists Pete Wingfield, Stone Delight, Bryn Haworth, John Cale, etc. The first presenter of BBC TV's rock show The Old Grey Whistle Test (launched in 1971) while still a member of the MM team, he later became editor of the new London listings guide Time Out and returned to MM as editor from 1978 to 1980.

After a period as features editor at The Sunday Times he became editor of the Independent on Sunday's Sunday Review. His music journalism has been gathered in the volume Long Distance Call: Writings on Music and biographies of Bob Dylan (A Man Called Alias), Miles Davis (The Man in the Green Shirt), and Phil Spector (Out of His Head) are among his list of other publications.

In 2010, Williams remains an active journalist and writer, the Chief Sports Writer of the UK daily newspaper The Guardian, covering a full array of sports from football to Formula One, cricket to golf. He has written several books on Formula One including The Death of Ayrton Senna, Racers (an analysis of the main protagonists of the 1996 F1 season), Enzo Ferrari: A Life, and The Last Road Race (a study of the changing balance in Formula One between British and Italian teams, using the 1957 Pescara Grand Prix as the backdrop).

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Glory Imperialis An Astra Militarum Omnibus
2017 - Glory Imperialis an Astra Militarum Omnibus (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781784965594
ISBN-10: 1784965596
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Appraisal Improving Performance and Developing the Individual
2016 - Appraisal Improving Performance and Developing the Individual (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781138936102
ISBN-10: 1138936103
Genre: Business & Money
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Remote Observatories for Amateur Astronomers Using High-Powered Telescopes from Home
2015 - Remote Observatories for Amateur Astronomers Using High-powered Telescopes From Home [The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783319219059
ISBN-10: 3319219057
Genre: Science & Math
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Social Media Marketing Expert Advice Made Easy
2015 - Social Media Marketing Expert Advice Made Easy [Everyday Guides Made Easy] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781783613984
ISBN-10: 178361398X
Genres: Business & Money, Computers & Technology
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Red Bull Racing The First 10 Years
2014 - Red Bull Racing the First 10 Years (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783832796327
ISBN-10: 3832796320
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Engineering & Transportation
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The Royal Tribes of Wales To Which Is Added an Account of the Fifteen Tribes of North Wales with Numerous Additions and Notes Preface and Index - P
The Guardians Maggie's Christmas
2012 - The Guardians Maggie's Christmas (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781477262757
ISBN-10: 147726275X
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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Brian Clough The Ultimate Biography
2012 - Brian Clough the Ultimate Biography (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780752890579
ISBN-10: 0752890573
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors
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Imperial Glory
2011 - Imperial Glory [Imperial Guard] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781844168897
ISBN-10: 1844168891
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Along Oriskany and Big Creeks  Geology History and People
2011 - Along Oriskany and Big Creeks Geology History and People [NY] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781609490690
ISBN-10: 160949069X
Genre: History
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The Guardians Storm over Whitworth
2011 - The Guardians Storm Over Whitworth (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781456747183
ISBN-10: 1456747185
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Blue Moment Miles Davis's Kind of Blue and the Remaking of Modern Music
2010 - The Blue Moment Miles Davis's Kind of Blue and the Remaking of Modern Music (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780571245079
ISBN-10: 0571245072
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Hierarchical Structures and Social Value The Creation of Black and Irish Identities in the United States
Kings and Roses Romantic poems
2010 - Kings and Roses Romantic Poems (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781450210430
ISBN-10: 1450210430
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Literature & Fiction
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Reiksguard
2010 - Reiksguard [Warhammer: Ejercito Imperial, Bk 1 - Reiksguard Warhammer: Empire Army, Bk 1 - Spanish edition] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788448038342
ISBN-10: 8448038347
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Buckle Your Chin Strap
2010 - Buckle Your Chin Strap (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780982338810
ISBN-10: 0982338813
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Montgomeryshire Worthies
2010 - Montgomeryshire Worthies (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781152673649
ISBN-10: 1152673645
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The First Year's Working of the Liverpool Docks Scheme
2010 - The First Year's Working of the Liverpool Docks Scheme (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151846570
ISBN-10: 1151846570
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Ballads From Manuscripts
2010 - Ballads From Manuscripts (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781151849342
ISBN-10: 1151849340
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The Animator's Survival Kit--Revised Edition A Manual of Methods Principles and Formulas for Classical Computer Games Stop Motion and Internet Animators
2009 - Village Pumps [Shire Library] (Paperback)
2008 - Relentless [Warhammer 40,000 Novels] (Paperback)
2008 - Lime Kilns and Lime Burning [Shire Library] (Paperback)
2005 - Liber Chaotica Complete [Warhammer] (Hardcover)
2004 - E Encyclopedia Science [DK Google E.Encyclopedias] (Hardcover)
2000 - After Modern Sculpture Art in the United States and Europe 1965-1970 [Barber Institute's Critical Perspectives in Art History] (Hardcover)Paperback
1998 - Particle Deposition Aggregation Measurement Modelling and Simulation [Colloid and Surface Engineering Series - Colloid Surface Engineering] (Paperback)Hardcover
1998 - Racers (Paperback)Hardcover
1997 - Foundations for Superior Performance - Clarinet [Warm-Ups & Technique for Band] (Paperback)
1997 - Illustrated Dtp with Wordperfect [Illustrated Computer Skills] (Other)
1997 - Illustrated Quattro Pro for Windows [Illustrated Computer Skills] (Other)
1996 - Performance Management [Essential business psychology] (Hardcover)Paperback
1994 - Illustrated Aldus Pagemaker [Illustrated Computer Skills] (Other)
1978 - America's North West Coast [World's Wild Places] (Hardcover)
1976 - Missing (Paperback)
1976 - The Loggers [The Old West] (Hardcover)Hardcover
1975 - Out of His Head [Abacus Books] (Paperback)
The Case of the Fixed Election [Sam and Dave Mystery Stories] (Hardcover)
The Hoax on You [Sam and Dave Mystery Story] (Hardcover)
Jaina Yoga Survey of the Mediaeval Sravakacaras [Lala Sunder Lal Jain research series] (Hardcover)Hardcover
Model Partnership Agreement for the Small Law Firm [Monograph series / Section of Economics of Law Practice, American Bar Association] (Paperback)
Ngaio Marsh a Bibliography [Dragonby Bibliographies] (Paperback)