The 23 essays (or "e;love songs"e;) that make up the now classic volume "e;Air Guitar"e; trawl a "e;vast, invisible underground empire"e; 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. "e;Air Guitar"e; 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 eighth printing--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, "e;Newsweek"e; voted "e;Air Guitar"e; one of the top 50 books that "e;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,"e; and described the book as "e;a seamless blend of criticism, personal history, and a deep appreciation for the sheer nuttiness of American life."e;
Dave Hickey (born 1939) is one of today's most revered and widely read art writers. He has written for "e;Rolling Stone,"e; "e;Art News,"e; "e;Art in America,"e; "e;Artforum"e; and "e;Vanity Fair"e; among many others.
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