- Caroline Polk O’Meara
(b 1948). American music critic. Ward was an early contributor to the rock magazines Crawdaddy!, Rolling Stone, and Creem. He moved from California to Texas at the end of the 1970s, where he was on staff at the Austin American Statesman (1979–84). While in Austin, he also wrote regularly for the Austin Chronicle and worked as a consultant for the music festival South by Southwest. His writings combine personal anecdotes (often self-effacing) and historical background, dwelling less on musical detail and more on events and people. Along with Geoffrey Stokes and Ken Tucker, Ward wrote the 1986 Rock of Ages: the Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll. His contribution to the volume covered the early days of rock and roll through 1959. Since 1987, he has served as the rock and roll historian for National Public Radio’s talk show “Fresh Air.” His contributions to “Fresh Air” are most often artist profiles, obituaries, and reviews of retrospective box sets. Ward has lived in Europe since the 1990s, where he hosted a jazz radio show in Berlin and continues to work as a freelance writer....