David Hajdu is one of the most respected arts critics in America. Now the staff music critic for The Nation, he served as music critic for The New Republic for 12 years. In a career spanning more than 30 years, he has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Harper's, and other publications.
Hajdu is the author of four published books, all winners of multiple awards: “Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn,” “Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Mimi Baez Fariña and Richard Fariña,” “The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America,” and “Heroes and Villains: Essays on Movies, Music, Comics and Culture.” His fifth book, “Love for Sale: Pop Music in America,” will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in fall, 2016. He is currently writing a book of "fictional nonfiction," a biography of a nonexistent songwriter. In addition to writing about music, Hajdu writes music himself. The first album of songs he co-wrote, “Waiting for the Angel,” was released in 2015. His musical work-in-progress is a chamber opera about Orson Welles.
He received a B.A. from New York University.