David Hajdu has been writing on the arts for more than thirty years. He is the longtime music critic for The New Republic, and he has written extensively for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, and The New York Review of Books. He is the author of four books: "Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn"; "Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina"; "Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture"; and "The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America." The first three of those were finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and all three of them won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for music writing, among other honors.
Hajdu’s articles and essays have been anthologized in many books, including Best American Magazine Writing, Best Music Writing, The New York Times Arts and Culture Reader, and Best American Comics Criticism. Hajdu has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award, and he served for nine years as a top editor of Entertainment Weekly magazine.
In addition to his ongoing long-form writing for The New Republic, Hajdu writes a weekly blog on music for TNR.com.
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