Books by David Hajdu

LOVE FOR SALE by David Hajdu
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A highly learned pleasure for music and pop-culture buffs."
Strolling through the archives of pop music history with an experienced guide. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"A gift for readers who enjoy erudition seasoned with élan."
Hajdu (Journalism/Columbia Univ.; The Ten Cent-Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America, 2008) returns with a graceful collection of essays, most previously published, on a variety of topics—jazz mostly, but also Elmer Fudd, Elvis and others. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 25, 2008

"An ugly and hysterical episode in American history, vividly rendered by a dogged student of the era."
What happened when Americans discovered what their children were reading between luridly colored covers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"A strong and vivid portrait of some remarkable characters—and one that manages against the odds to get to the people behind the egos."
Overweening ambition drives this insightful story of the 1950s folk music revival that anticipates the arrival of the 1960s counterculture. Read full book review >
LUSH LIFE by David Hajdu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

"A good idea done right."
Hajdu (an editor at Entertainment Weekly) has found a perfect subject in Strayhorn, a little-studied figure central to jazz history, the composer of such famous Ellington-band pieces as ``Chelsea Bridge,'' ``Lush Life,'' and ``Take the A Train.'' ``Strays'' (also known as ``Swee' Pea''), born in 1915, grew up working-class in Pittsburgh and had high-society aspirations from the start: He wrote an entire Gershwin-like musical revue a year out of high school, full of sophisticated recitative and advanced harmony. Read full book review >