David Hajdu - Love for Sale: Pop Music in America
In The Ten-Cent Plague Hajdu showed how important comic books were in shaping the self-image of post-War America. In his new book, Hajdu, The Nation’s music critic and a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, investigates the similar but larger role of American popular music from the nineteenth century’s song sheets to today’s digital downloads. From the Victorian era through the 1920s and on to the heydays of blues, soul, disco, and more, Hajdu celebrates music’s ability to subvert traditional roles and cultural expectations. His profiles of great performers—Eva Tanguay, Bessie Smith, Jimmie Rodgers—extols these musicians for both their courage and their artistry.
Hajdu will be in conversation with Leon Wieseltier, former literary editor of The New Republic.