Air Guitar

Air Guitar

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by Dave Hickey
     
 

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The 23 essays (or "love songs") that make up the now classic volume Air Guitar trawl a "vast, invisible underground empire" of pleasure, through record stores, honky-tonks, art galleries, jazz clubs, cocktail lounges, surf shops and hot-rod stores, as restlessly on the move as the America they depict. Air Guitar pioneered a kind of plain-talking in

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The 23 essays (or "love songs") that make up the now classic volume Air Guitar trawl a "vast, invisible underground empire" of pleasure, through record stores, honky-tonks, art galleries, jazz clubs, cocktail lounges, surf shops and hot-rod stores, as restlessly on the move as the America they depict. Air Guitar pioneered a kind of plain-talking in cultural criticism, willingly subjective and always candid and direct. A valuable reading tool for art lovers, neophytes, students and teachers alike, Hickey's book—now in its third edition—has galvanized a generation of art lovers, with new takes on Norman Rockwell, Robert Mapplethorpe, Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol and Perry Mason. In June 2009, Newsweek voted Air Guitar one of the top 50 books that "open a window on the times we live in, whether they deal directly with the issues of today or simply help us see ourselves in new and surprising ways," and described the book as "a seamless blend of criticism, personal history, and a deep appreciation for the sheer nuttiness of American life." This is the eBook edition of Air Guitar, originally published in print form in August 1997.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780963726483
Publisher:
Foundation for Advanced Critical Studies, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
215
Sales rank:
1,066,246
File size:
1 MB

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Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Pappy16 More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely outstanding collection of essays. This is my third copy of the book (I keep "loaning" them to people who don't bring them back) but I love it. The title essay is one of the funniest things I have ever read. I recommend it, without the slightest hesitation or reservation, to any thinking person out there. Pappy16 San Saba, Texas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing book. Incredibly accessible. Don't be fooled when it's described as art criticism - it's way more than that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago