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David Hajdu

David Hajdu
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David Hajdu is the music critic for The Nation and a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Before joining The Nation in January 2015, he served for more than ten years as the music critic for The New Republic. He is the author of three books of narrative nonfiction and and one collection of essays: Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn (FSG, 1996), Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña and Richard Fariña (FSG, 2001), The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America (FSG, 2008), and Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture (2009). Lush Life, Positively 4th Street, and Heroes and Villians were all finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. The Ten-Cent Plague was a finalist for the Eisner award, and the editors of Amazon named it the #1 Best Book of the Year on the arts. Hajdu is married to the singer and actor Karen Oberlin and is the father of three. He lives in Manhattan with his family.

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    Love for Sale

    David Hajdu
    Picador
    Picador

    Pop Music: Our Most Influential Laboratory for Social and Aesthetic Experimentation—Changing the World Three Minutes at a Time

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    Positively 4th Street

    David Hajdu
    Picador
    Picador

    Tenth Anniversary Edition
    The story of how four young bohemians on the make - Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez, and Richard Farina - converged in Greenwich Village, fell into love, and invented...

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    The Ten-Cent Plague

    David Hajdu
    Picador
    Picador

    The story of the rise and fall of those comic books has never been fully told -- until The Ten-Cent Plague. David Hajdu's remarkable new book vividly opens up the lost world of comic books,...

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    Lush Life

    David Hajdu
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    North Point Press

    A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

    Billy Strayhorn (1915-67) was one of the greatest composers in the history of American music, the creator of a body of work that includes...

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