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Air Guitar eBook

Essays on Art and Democracy

Text by Dave Hickey.

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.

Dave Hickey (born 1939) is one of today's most revered and widely read art writers. He has written for Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum and Vanity Fair among many others.

"A seamless blend of criticism, personal history, and a deep appreciation for the sheer nuttiness of American life." -Newsweek


RANYA ASMAR | DATE 8/14/2012

Dave Hickey's Air Guitar Now Available for iPad, Kindle & Nook

Dave Hickey's Air Guitar Now Available for iPad, Kindle & Nook

Since it was first published by Art Issues Press in 1997, Dave Hickey's Air Guitar has been widely considered one of the twentieth century's most invigorating and paradigm-shifting books of contemporary criticism. (In June 2009, when the book was well on its way to its eighth printing, Newsweek voted it 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.") At long last, this pioneering essay collection is now available as an eBook edition for iPad, Kindle, Nook and other devices. To see more eBooks, please continue to ARTBOOK | DIGITAL. Or scroll down for an excerpt from the chapter, "The Birth of the Big, Beautiful Art Market."
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Air Guitar

Text by Dave Hickey.
ISBN: 9780963726452 | US $19.95
Pub Date: 8/2/1997
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