David Budin began writing at an early age and has done almost every type of writing that exists, including books, magazine and newspaper articles, TV and movie scripts, speeches, comedy routines, press releases, advertising copy, newsletters, marketing brochures, restaurant reviews, greeting cards, and more. He has written one book and is currently working on another.
He is the former editor of two magazines: Cleveland Magazine and Northern Ohio Live. As a free-lancer, he has written for national, regional and local publications and websites; and for clients ranging from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Rhino Records/Looney Tunes and arts organizations, to NASA, educational institutions and health facilities.
A full-time musician for many years, David started playing guitar and singing in rock and folk groups as a child in Cleveland. He moved to New York City at the age of 18. He played with a group that indirectly eventually evolved into Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (though he left a couple of years before Springsteen entered). David recorded and produced for Sire Records and other labels and toured with bands and as a solo artist. He had the experience of playing onstage with such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrisson, and opening for such artists as the Grateful Dead, Linda Ronstadt, the Lovin' Spoonful, Canned Heat, Tim Buckley and others.
David has also worked as a comedian and as a comedy writer for stage and radio personalities. In January 2012, he worked on a TV series pilot with Martin Mull and Fred Willard.
During his music career in New York, Los Angeles and Cleveland, he has worked as a songwriter, record producer, musical arranger, artist manager, concert promoter and as a publicist for artists, record labels, radio stations and arts organizations. As a manager, David and his then-business partner, Bart Friedman (a pioneer in video art), booked magician/comedian/actor/author Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for Jay's first national TV appearance.
In his writing, David concentrates on popular culture in general, and rock and folk music history in particular, and has also written investigative pieces, travel and food articles, humor essays, and more. He is currently writing a book that combines pop music history and food.
David presents lectures and workshops on various aspects of the history of rock music and on writing, and he performs comedy.
In recent years he has returned to performing music, part time. In 2003 he wrote an orchestral arrangement of Graham Nash's song "Teach Your Children," which Nash sang with the 100-member Contemporary Youth Orchestra, in a concert in Cleveland. In October 2008, he co-produced and performed in a concert with Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) and several other artists. Budin performs with a folk-pop group called Long Road (see Events page), and also accompanies his brother, singer-songwriter Noah Budin, and produced Noah's most recent CD, Metaphor.
David Budin can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or on Facebook under "David Budin" (there are at least two other David Budins on Facebook, so look for the one that says I'm a writer), or the Facebook group "Fans of Long Road"; and also on Twitter at DavidBudin.