Ed Ward gave it to us straight, whether he was talking about a key moment in rock ‘n’ roll history or naming his favorite chicken sandwich in Austin, where he lived.
Ok, the chicken sandwich part I’m not 100-percent sure about. But, based on the couple dozen hours I’ve spent listening to Ward discuss rock music in his recurring guest spot on the Let It Roll podcast, I think it’s a safe bet he delivered his opinion about his favorite chicken sandwich (from Austin’s Phoenicia Bakery & Deli) in no uncertain terms—straight, no chaser, baby.
On Let It Roll, Ward most recently spent several episodes talking with host Nate Wilcox about the second volume of Ward’s book, “The History of Rock & Roll.”
A couple years earlier, Ward teamed with Wilcox for the entirety of Let It Roll’s first two seasons, all of the episodes in discussion of “The History of Rock & Roll: Volume 1.”
Yep, Ward was there at the beginning — there at the beginning of Let It Roll, and there at the beginning of rock ‘n’ roll’s Golden Age starting in 1965, when he became one of the first professional journalists to cover the modern musical form.
All of which makes the sudden news of Ward’s passing, at the age of 72, a king-sized anvil dropped right onto the concert stage, a genuine loss for those of us who like our rock ‘n’ roll with some solid intel and informed judgement.
He will be sorely missed. All hail Ed Ward!
Ed Legge (@freebirdyeller) is a life-long musician, long-time journalist and sometime corporate dweeb who’s writing a book about originating rock ‘n’ roll’s most absurd tradition.