Professor David Sanjek

Professor David Sanjek

It is with great sadness that the University announces the untimely death of Professor David Sanjek, who passed away suddenly on Tuesday afternoon (29 November, 2011).

David joined the University four years ago as Chair in Popular Music and Director of the Salford Music Research Centre. A distinguished scholar of world repute, he wrote widely on popular music, film, media studies, copyright law and popular culture.

Before joining Salford, David had lectured extensively in the US, UK and Australia, including positions at New York University, Hunter College, Fordham University and the New School for Social Research. He received his BA in English and Philosophy from Connecticut College and his MA and PhD in Literature from Washington University.

As well as undertaking his academic roles, David had acted as advisor to many organisations including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Experience Music Project, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Black Music Research. He was also the President, Vice-President and Secretary of the U.S. Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.

Between 1997-2003 and 2004-2007 David served on the board of the Blues Foundation of Memphis, Tennessee, acting as co-chair of the Blues Hall of Fame and received the Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Historic Preservation in 1998.

We would gratefully receive contact from David’s many current research collaborators. In the first instance please contact Professor Stephen Davismoon at

David’s extraordinary breadth and depth of interest and expertise across many fields of intellectual enquiry, together with his warm-hearted and generous nature, quickly won him many friends from across our University. His contribution to the intellectual life of the Directorate of Music, the University and indeed his research field will be irreplaceable.

He will be much missed by his many colleagues and collaborators – who often were also his friends. Vice-Chancellor, Professor Martin Hall, said, “David was a gifted and inspirational member of our community. He will be sorely missed by everyone.”

We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.

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About David Randles

I am Programme Leader and Lecturer in Online and Sports Journalism at the University of Salford. Previous incarnations include Sports Writer for Liverpool Football Club and Multi-media Sports Reporter for the Liverpool Post Echo, among others. My research and, hence, writing/blogging interests focus on digital/online & sports journalism with a keen eye for social media.
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