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Prof. David Hajdu wins Deems Taylor Award for music criticism

November 17, 2010

Prof. David Hajdu, a decorated author and music critic for The New Republic, has won a Deems Taylor Award, which is presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, for his book "Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture."

The 42nd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards, which honor outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music, were established in 1967 to honor the memory of composer/critic/commentator Deems Taylor, who died in 1966 after a distinguished career that included six years as president of ASCAP.

Hajdu and the rest of this year's winners will be honored at a special invitation-only ceremony and reception on Thursday, Dec. 9 at the ASCAP Gallery in New York City.

Hajdu is a previous recipient of the Deems Taylor Award for his books "Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn" (1996) and "Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña and Richard Fariña" (2001). "Heroes and Villains" was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Hajdu is also a regular contributor to The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and Vanity Fair.

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