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Hajdu, David

Overview
Works: 21 works in 103 publications in 3 languages and 6,114 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Reviews  Handbooks and manuals  Pictorial works  Biography‡vPictorial works 
Roles: Author
Classifications: ML400, B
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Most widely held works by David Hajdu
The ten-cent plague : the great comic-book scare and how it changed America by David Hajdu( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the years between World War II and the emergence of television as a mass medium, American popular culture as we know it was first created--in the pulpy, boldly illustrated pages of comic books. Comics spoke to young people and provided the guardians of mainstream culture with a big target. No sooner had this new culture emerged than it was beaten down by church groups, community bluestockings, and a McCarthyish Congress. This book opens up the lost world of comic books, its creativity, irreverence, and suspicion of authority, showing how--years before rock 'n' roll--comics brought on a clash between children and their parents, between prewar and postwar standards.-- From publisher description
Positively 4th street : the lives and times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña by David Hajdu( Book )

29 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 1,693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the lives of folk musicians Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, Joan's sister Mimi Baez Fariña, and Mimi's writer husband Richard, and discusses the impact of the four young people on the sound and style of the 1960s
Lush life : a biography of Billy Strayhorn by David Hajdu( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 1,179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) was one of the most accomplished composers in the history of American music, the creator of a body of work that includes such standards as "Take the 'A' Train," "Lush Life," and "Something to Live For." Yet all his life Strayhorn was overshadowed by another great composer: his employer, friend, and collaborator, Duke Ellington, with whom he worked as the Ellington Orchestra's ace songwriter and arranger. Lush Life, David Hajdu's sensitive and moving biography of Strayhorn, is a corrective to decades of patchwork scholarship and journalism about this giant of jazz. It is also a vibrant, absorbing account of the "lush life" led by Strayhorn and other jazz musicians in Harlem and Paris. A musical prodigy who began a career as a composer while still a teenager in Pittsburgh, Strayhorn came to New York City at Duke Ellington's invitation in 1939; soon afterward he wrote "'A' Train," which became the signature song of the Ellington Orchestra, one of the most popular jazz bands in the country. For the next three decades, Strayhorn labored under a complex agreement whereby Ellington thrived in the role of public artist to Strayhorn's private one, often taking the bows for Strayhorn's work. Strayhorn was alternately relieved to be kept out of the limelight and frustrated about it. In Harlem and in the cafe society downtown, the small, shy black composer carried himself with singular style and grace as one of the few jazzmen to be openly homosexual. His compositions and elegant arrangements made him a hero to other musicians, but when he died at age fifty-two, his life cut short by alcohol abuse and cancer, few people fully understood the vital role he played in the Ellington Orchestra's development into a vehicle for some of the greatest, most ambitious American music of this century."--Jacket
Heroes and villains : essays on music, movies, comics, and culture by David Hajdu( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Heroes and Villains is the first collection of essays by David Hajdu, the award-winning author of The Ten-Cent Plague, Positively 4th Street, and Lush Life. Eclectic and controversial, Hajdu's essays take on topics as varied as pop music, jazz, the avant-garde, comic books, and our downloading culture."--Jacket
Discovering great singers of classic pop : a new listener's guide to the sounds and lives of the top performers and their recordings, movies, and videos by Roy Hemming( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Much has been written about the great songwriters of classic pop--Berlin, Porter, Gershwin, and Sondheim, for instance--but what about the singers who made the music so famous? According to Roy Hemming and David Hajdu, "It is the singers who have given classic pop its life--a life that goes beyond the notes and words on the sheet music. The singer's life infuses the life he or she gives the song and, in turn, the way the song touches on the life of each listener." This Unique and passionately felt point-of-view distinguishes this entertaining sourcebook on American popular music from all others. By exploring the fascinating lives of the singers who created classic pop, we come to understand their influence on the development of one of the most enduring music forms of our century, and its substantial role in America's cultural history from the 1920 to the present day. To give us this inside view of classic pop, the authors have divided Their book into two parts: the first describes the development of classic pop in the 1920s and 1930s; the second covers World War II to the present. The list of unforgettable performers includes Al Jolson, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Ethel Merman, Lee Wiley, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Nat "King" Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Mel Torme, Jo Stafford, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, plus many more. A separate chapter is Devoted to each singer, and features a colorful and revealing biographical profile and critical assessment of the performer. In addition, there are postscripts to the two sections discussing the art and lives of a dozen other distinctive performers. Selective discographies of each singer's most representative recordings on CDs, LPs, and cassettes are also highlighted, along with a listing of movies, documentaries, and other types of programs available on video that Feature or concern the singers--vital information for anyone truly interested in the sound of classic-pop singing
The ten-cent plague the great comic-book scare and how it changed America by David Hajdu( Recording )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the years between World War II and the emergence of television as a mass medium, American popular culture as we know it was first created in the bold, pulpy pages of comic books. The Ten-Cent Plague explores this cultural emergence and its fierce backlash while challenging common notions of the divide between "high" and "low" art. David Hajdu reveals how comics, years before the rock-and-roll revolution, brought on a clash between postwar children and their prewar parents. Created by outsiders from the tenements, garish, shameless, and often shocking, comics became the targets of a raging generational culture divide. They were burned in public bonfires, outlawed in certain cities, and nearly destroyed by a series of televised Congressional hearings. Yet their creativity, irreverence, and suspicion of authority would have a lasting influence
Positively 4th Street the life and times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina by David Hajdu( )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the account of how four young people--Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez Farią, and Richard Farina--gave rise to a modern-day bohemia and created the enduring sound and style of the 1960s. Even before they became lovers in 1963, Dylan and Joan Baez were seen as the reigning king and queen of folk music. But their songs and their public images grew out of their association with Joan's younger sister, Mimi, a musician in her own right, and Richard Farina, the roguish novelist Mimi married when she was seventeen. Their rise from scruffy coffeehouse folksingers to pop stars comes about through their complex interpersonal relationships, as the young Dylan courts the famous Joan to further his career, Farina woos Mimi while looking longingly on her older sister, and Farina's friend Thomas Pynchon keeps an eye on their amours from afar
Video review's best on home video( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How to shoot your kids on home video : moviemaking for the whole family by David Hajdu( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No one knows by Eric Comstock( )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yugai komikku bokumetsu : Amerika o kaeta gojunendai akushogari by David Hajdu( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in Japanese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Positively 4th Street : come quattro ragazzi hanno cambiato la musica by David Hajdu( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in Italian and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maledetti fumetti! : come la grande paura per i "giornaletti" cambiò la società statunitense by David Hajdu( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in Italian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sutandādo no mei shingā( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in Japanese and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[Billy Strayhorn pre-concert lecture] by David Hajdu( Recording )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

David Hajdu: Positively 4th street by David Hajdu( Recording )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The celebrated biographer pieces extensive interviews into a narrative of the collective inspiration of the 1960s, following Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez Fariña and Richard Fariña as bohemians on the rise
David Hajdu: The ten-cent plague the great comic-book scare and how it changed America by David Hajdu( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Columbia University professor and New Republic columnist David Hajdu is the author of Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn and Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina, both of which were finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest book, The Ten-Cent Plague, chronicles the rise and fall of the comic book in the years between World War II and the emergence of television as a mass medium
Positively 4th street the lives and times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña by David Hajdu( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This is the candid, mesmerizing, and often intimate account of how four young people-Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina-gave rise to a modern-day bohemia and created the enduring sound and style of the 1960s. Even before they became lovers in 1963, Dylan and Joan Baez were seen as the reigning king and queen of folk music. But their songs and their public images grew out of their association with Joan's younger sister, Mimi, a musician in her own right, and Richard Farina, the roguish novelist Mimi married when she was seventeen. Their rise from scruffy coffeehouse folksingers to pop stars comes about through their complex interpersonal relationships, as the young Dylan courts the famous Joan to further his career, FariNa woos Mimi while looking longingly on her older sister, and Farina's friend Thomas Pynchon keeps an eye on their amours from afar
 
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The ten-cent plague : the great comic-book scare and how it changed America
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David Hajdu columnist, author, professor and music critic

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Positively 4th street : the lives and times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard FariñaLush life : a biography of Billy StrayhornHeroes and villains : essays on music, movies, comics, and cultureDiscovering great singers of classic pop : a new listener's guide to the sounds and lives of the top performers and their recordings, movies, and videosThe ten-cent plague the great comic-book scare and how it changed AmericaPositively 4th Street the life and times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina