The Book Depository Air Guitar by Dave Hickey

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Description: Air Guitar : Paperback : Art Issues Press,U.S. : 9780963726452 : 0963726455 : 01 Sep 1997 : Essays explore the influence of art in twentieth-century American culture, including jazz, basketball, professional wrestling, magic, gambling, entrepreneurship, series television and automotive design.

 

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Review: This is a collection of critical essays on various American popular media from the back half of the 20th century. For those who came up anytime between the 60's and the late 80's, the topics will likely resonate, and the eulogies for celebrity figures will inspire fond nostalgia. Hickey has a clever insight for every topic under the sun, no matter how mundane it may seem; he exposes the subtle ideologies that we take for granted in familiar stories and songs. I am a little bit skeptical of the theme; "Art and Democracy" is far too broad a topic, and the seemingly random pop culture grab-bag represented here lacks unity. Air Guitar has some fantastic content, but as a collection, it never justifies its own necessity. Still, it has its worth as a course on how to write fluid, optimistic criticism (certainly absent from today's polemical internet media); or, simply, as an expertly-rendered nostalgia trip.

 

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