Born March 1955 (age 65) Phillipsburg, New Jersey, US Occupation Professor, music critic, writer Nationality US Period 1965-present Notable works Lush Life Positively 4th Street The Ten-Cent Plague Love for Sale Spouse Karen Oberlin Children 3 Website www .davidhajdu .com
David Hajdu (; born March 1955) is an American columnist, author and professor at  Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He was the music critic for for 12 years and is music editor at The New Republic .
Hajdu is of Hungarian and Italian descent,
and was born and raised in  Phillipsburg, New Jersey, heattended New York University, where he majored in journalism. 
His first professional work was illustrating for
in 1972. The Easton Express He started writing for  and The Village Voice in 1979, and was the founding editor of Rolling Stone Video Review magazine, where he worked from 1980 to 1984. In the late 1980s he began teaching at  The New School, and was an editor at from 1990 to 1999. Entertainment Weekly He was the music critic for  for 12 years The New Republic and is music editor at  . The Nation  
He has taught at the
University of Chicago (as nonfiction writer in residence), Syracuse University, and Columbia University, where he is a professor of journalism.  
He has written biographies and other nonfiction about the musicians
Billy Strayhorn, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina. He has also written about comic books.
Awards 1997 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award:
Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn  2002 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award:
Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina  Finalist,
National Book Critics Circle Award: Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina  Finalist,
Firecracker Book Award: Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina  2010 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award: Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture 
All books published by
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, unless otherwise noted.
Gabler, Jay (October 19, 2016). "The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: David Hajdu's 'Love for Sale. Minnesota Public Radio. '" Archived from the original on October 20, 2016 . Retrieved 2019. 'I was born in March 1955,' writes David Hajdu in Love for Sale, 'the same month Blackboard Jungle was released.
Hajdu, David (May 19, 2011). "Review: Paul Simon, So Beautiful or So What". . The New Republic
Bell, Bill (April 30, 1999). "Long Live the Duke". . New York City. Archived from Daily News the original on August 11, 2007 . Retrieved 2011. He was born in Phillipsburg, N.J., where his father was a mill worker and his mother a waitress. He majored in journalism at New York University, and except for a brief flirtation with the Episcopal priesthood as a seminarian at the New York General Theological Seminary, he has worked as a writer and editor for about 25 years.
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"Faculty: David Hajdu". Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Archived from the original on December 21, 2016 . Retrieved 2012.
"Masthead". The Nation . Retrieved 2015.
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"Prof. David Hajdu wins Deems Taylor Award for music criticism". Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. November 17, 2010. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016 . Retrieved 2012.
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"Critics Announce Book Award Finalists". . January 29, 2002 The New York Times . Retrieved 2008.