David Hajdu | Columbia Journalism School

David Hajdu

Professor of Journalism

Arts & Culture Writing

David Hajdu is one of the most respected arts critics in America. Currently 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 six books: "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," "Heroes and Villains: Essays on Movies, Music, Comics and Culture," "Love for Sale: Pop Music in America" and "Adrianne Geffel: A Fiction." He is a three-time finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and three-time winner of the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for Music Writing. His book "Lush Life" was named one of "Hundred Best Nonfiction Books of All Time" by The New York Times.

In addition to writing about music, Hajdu writes music himself. The second album of songs he co-wrote, "Ice on the Hudson," was released in 2018.

Hajdu's most recent book, "A Revolution in Three Acts," is a work of graphic nonfiction set in the era of vaudeville. A collaboration with the artist John Carey, it will be published by Columbia University Press in September 2021.


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