To Air is Human: One Man's Quest to Become the World's

To Air is Human: One Man's Quest to Become the World's Greatest Air Guitarist [PDF / Epub] ☆ To Air is Human: One Man's Quest to Become the World's Greatest Air Guitarist Author Björn Türoque – How an average musician put aside his there guitar and reinvented himself as Björn Türoue the take no prisoners future of air guitar The true story of how mildly successful guitarist and New York Ti How an average musician is Human: MOBI í put aside his there guitar and reinvented himself as Björn Türoue the take no prisoners future of air guitar The true story of how mildly successful guitarist and New York Times writer Dan Crane relinuished his instrument and became Björn Türoue pronounced b yorn too RAWK the second greatest air guitarist in the nation This exploration of the international air guitar sub culture To Air PDF/EPUB or addresses the issue of dedicating oneself to an invisible art in order to achieve the ultimate goal of airness that is when air guitar transcends the real art that it imitates and becomes an art form in and of itself.

  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • To Air is Human: One Man's Quest to Become the World's Greatest Air Guitarist
  • Björn Türoque
  • English
  • 07 June 2016
  • 9781594482106

10 thoughts on “To Air is Human: One Man's Quest to Become the World's Greatest Air Guitarist

  1. Jerzy Jerzy says:

    Even though I spend my time in a totally different musical world from the traditional air guitar repertoire this book definitely got across the sense of ROCK Way fun it totally makes me want to watch or join one of these contestsThe author brings up the uestion of what to do when you realize you're spending time and effort on fun goofy not really serious things Is it worth spending three years trying to be the world's best air guitarist instead of working on your serious musical career? What's the appropriate balance between serious pursuit of light hearted goals vs half hearted pursuit of serious goals? Can air guitar be treated as its own art form instead of just a mockery of real guitar playing?I think the author and I would agree that something you can pour your heart into is a worthy thing even if society doesn't take it seriouslyAlso Finland seem pretty friggin' coolAnd there's a list in the back of the top ten best air guitar songs ever

  2. Eh?Eh! Eh?Eh! says:

    fun to read similar to Hell Bent for Leather but without the dry British wit slightly heavier American humor and no actual instrument looking back on it I was surprised at how little actual story there was because I was engaged enough to zip through there could be about the psychology behind his personaBonus the little dude in the bottom right corner of the right hand pages does a flip book show

  3. Steve Steve says:

    This reads like a really really long article in Rolling Stone which is no surprise really because that's who the author writes for He idolizes rock stars and semi ironically emulates them as an air guitarist but he really emulates them in his drug alcohol and sex fueled lifestyle The idea of air guitar competitions sounded fun to me and there are a few moments where he captures the awesomeness that rocking out on an air guitar feels like But learning how much literal bodily fluids and excrement are involved in a lot of the performances and after parties soured me to the sceneThere's a lot of casual sexism and racism the author seems pretty full of himself even when he's not in the Bjorn Turoue persona and everybody in the book swears all the time I don't recommend it

  4. Jessica Jessica says:

    What an interesting bookI found this book at Books A Million on clearance for 1 and couldn't resist taking a chance to see what its all aboutWhat a hilarious genuine and fun story It's stacked with characters personality rock 'n roll and guitar all along one man's journey to achieve his surprising unorthodox accidental passion for air guitar Beyond that it's a story about trying to reconcile the adult you are supposed to be with the wacky fun truth that often hides inside of all of us This book may be even enjoyable for older generations or classic rock junkies but with the sub notes at the bottom of each page filled with interesting facts references or witty injections to the story itself I didn't feel a bit out of the loop on whatwhenwhowhere they were talking about I also really enjoyed his humor and had plenty of out loud ha momentsAround page 170 I was feeling a little overloaded with the costumepersona descriptions and felt that there wasn't much else to say about air guitar I decided to make an effort to finish the book and within 30 pages I was re entertained Beyond guitarists musicians performers classic rock junkies or music enthusiasts this book can reach anyone striving to pursue a passion that is or isn't mainstream or expected

  5. Megha Guruprasad Megha Guruprasad says:

    I loved so many things about this one Both conceptually and in terms of style Filled to the brim with rock n roll trivia and light hearted humour with just the right amount of personal anecdotes Dan is just Dan Crane and writes in first person for most parts the brilliance of his narrative is in the way he channels his alter egos Björn Türocue air guitarist and Jean Luc Retard there guitarist Sure the book is strewn with all the 'air' clichés imaginable But thrown in at the right moments they crack you up bringing out that element of hilarity that envelops everything about Türocue's relentless pursuit of Air Guitar Although he makes light of it a lot of passion and preparation goes into an air guitar performance and the finer details of the creative impulses that would drive any air guitarist worth his Air name are not lost on the reader My favourite part however is how the book has been presented in a mock textbook format complete with illustrations of air guitar moves and ample footnotes on rock trivia or just the occasional jokeDid I mention the dainty opening uotes on each chapter by stalwarts ranging from Nietzsche to Mick Jagger to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn?Much fun The back cover lists it as 'humor' I'd add a 'memoir' 'music' there and we have a winner

  6. Elaine Meszaros Elaine Meszaros says:

    We saw the transcendent movie Air Guitar Nation at this year's Madison film festival Despite the International Air Guitar Championships existing for over a decade an American had never competed The makers of Air Guitar Nation follow the first two American contenders C diddy the Asian fury and Björn Töroue The credits mention Björn's book so of course I had to pick it up Sometimes funny often kind of sad and pathetic Töroue explains his interest in competing in air guitar his inexplicable burning to win and his dissatisfaction with his real career and life While Töroue often comes off petulant and jealous in the movie his book is very human Anyone reading it can understand the desire to be the best at something especially when the rest of life seems so tiring and mundane ROCK

  7. Robin Robin says:

    After watching the documentary Air Guitar Nation I had to read this and so far it's not letting me down Dan Crane aka Bjorn Turoue is a musician so he knows a lot of great music and the air guitar medleys and 60 second performance pieces he puts together sound great He not only names the bands but he adds side notations about the bands and their history For example he uses a song called The Mole by The Bags His story travels around the word including two trips to Finland where he not only performs but he learns about the Finnish culture and participates in Finnish rituals such as sauna

  8. Penny Penny says:

    I picked this book out at the library on a complete whim Music is awesome and so is humor so I thought I might enjoy it And I did in fact really dig this read Dan Crane transforms himself into the myth the legend Bjorn Turoue; hard air rocker and preacher of peace through air guitar Bjorn thirsts for the world championship title as Dan documents his journey through the world of competitive and highly intoxicated air guitar Surprisingly Dan also learns a lot about himself through Bjorn as well The book is also speckled with air guitar tips and demonstrative diagrams and a list of the best air guitar songs for budding enthusiasts and competitors alike

  9. Christina Christina says:

    I knew nothing about the competitive air guitar circuit which started in Finland with a semi joking but semi serious mission to bring world peace through air guitar because if everyone is holding an air guitar no one can hold a weapon Dan Crane aka Bjorn Turoue say it out loud and you'll get it seems uite aware of straddling the delicate lines between silly and meaningful — when are you an artist and when are you just a grown man in spangly spandex? His journey is epic hilarious and thoughtful than I would have expected

  10. Jeff Jeff says:

    Entertaining uick witted writing makes this book a remarkably fun and easy read The problem becomes that the magic that is air guitar begins to drag a little by the end While CraneTuroue describes the competitions with the eye of a crack sportscaster you start to get impatient waiting for him to win But in the end you can't argue that his enthusiasm for the air guitar is not infectious though you may start to worry that this man may be certifiably insane

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