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

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How an average musician put aside his "there" guitar and reinvented himself as Björn Türoque, the take-no-prisoners future of air guitar.

The true story of how mildly successful guitarist and New York Times writer Dan Crane relinquished his instrument and became Björn Türoque (pronounced "b-yorn too-RAWK"), the second greatest air guitarist in the nation. This exploration
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Riverhead Trade (first published 2006)
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Feb 22, 2008 Jerzy rated it really liked it
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 contests.

The author brings up the question of what to do when you realize you're spending more 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
Jun 11, 2008 Eh?Eh! rated it liked it
Shelves: babble-added
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 more about the psychology behind his persona.

Bonus!: the little dude in the bottom right corner of the right hand pages does a flip-book show
Megha Guruprasad
May 16, 2016 Megha Guruprasad rated it really liked it
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 Türocque (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 mom
Nov 08, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone, music enthusiasts, goal seekers, anyone of the classic rock gen
What an interesting book!

I found this book at Books A Million on clearance for $1, and couldn't resist taking a chance to see what its all about.

What 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 al
Elaine Meszaros
Dec 03, 2014 Elaine Meszaros rated it it was amazing
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 Töroque. The credits mention Björn's book, so of course I had to pick it up. Sometimes funny, often kind of sad and pathetic, Töroque explains his interest in competing in air guitar, his inexp ...more
Jan 10, 2008 Robin rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes to read about music
Recommended to Robin by: after watching "Air Guitar Nation"
Shelves: 2008-list
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 Turoque, 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 no ...more
May 26, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
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 Turoque; 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 ...more
Aug 27, 2012 Wortwanderin rated it really liked it
Nie hätte ich gedacht, dass ein Buch, das sich um Nichts (bzw. der Luftgitarre) dreht, so viel Spaß macht. Björn Türoque macht sich auf, der weltbeste Luftgitarrist zu werden, doch sieht er sich zahlreicher talentierter Konkurrenz (besonders dieser mit "Asian Fury") entgegen gestellt. Mit der Unterstützung seiner Freunde und ganz viel Leidenschaft für den Rock im Blut, ist das nächste Ziel der World Championshit in Oulu, Finnland. Eine sehr amüsante, wahre Geschichte, die sich einfach und unterh ...more
Jun 27, 2010 Christina rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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 Turoque, say it out loud and you'll get it) seems quite 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 ...more
Nov 26, 2007 Reggie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who has heard of the band Hanoi Rocks
This one proves that a true passion for a non-traditional hobby, a lot of liquid courage, and just the right amount of idiocy can get you your fifteen minutes of fame. Did I mention that twelve of those fifteen minutes will be spent dealing with the likes of Carson Daly and the anchors at the Fox News morning show? I am looking forward to the documentary, unless of course it is already on the shelf at Blockbuster. If that is the case, then I guess I just need to start looking.
Jul 29, 2007 Jeff rated it liked it
Entertaining, quick 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 Crane/Turoque 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.
Jun 04, 2007 Jason rated it it was amazing
If I were to compete in an air guitar competition the songs I'd consider playing would be:
Gee Angel by Sugar
Talent Show by The Replacements
Have a Drink on Me by AC/DC
It's Not the Way You Rock by Dirty Looks
Girl Like You by The Smithereens
Aug 09, 2007 Julia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: rockers, rollers, right out of controllers
awesomeness in paperback format.
Brian Starke
Aug 01, 2007 Brian Starke rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: air musicians
Really fun/funny read about the world of professional air guitarists.
Onya Schroeder
Mar 27, 2016 Onya Schroeder rated it it was amazing
Fun stuff.
Sep 29, 2008 Lupe rated it it was amazing
this book will make you love, love, love air guitar and make you want to go see a show and actually enjoy it!
Jan 07, 2008 Kevin rated it it was amazing
I haven't laughed this hard while reading a book in a long time. We should all pick up our air guitars and support world peace!
Oct 14, 2010 Nathaniel rated it really liked it
This book is for anyone who has ever air-guitar. So, really. a book for all of us. Plus it promotes world peace, because let's face it, how are you gonna hold a gun if you're holding an air guitar?
Apr 17, 2010 Kyle rated it liked it
This book was just a lot of fun to read. Makes me want to rock the air out!
Jan 15, 2009 Sweaty rated it really liked it
this guy his hilarious and wack. i like how people kept pronouncing his name wrong in finland because of his gratuitous umlauts.
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