Wesleyan’s best air guitarist

Wesleyan Alum Dan Crane ’93 just published a book on the trials and tribulations of being America’s second best air guitarist. From the book’s Amazon page:

Actual musician and New York Times writer Crane created his alter ego, Björn Türoque, as part of a heated but unsuccessful attempt to win the 2003 Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland, a yearly competition—usually attended by thousands of fans—to see who can best mime the movements of guitar solos in songs by actual rock gods such as Led Zeppelin and Guns N’ Roses.

This exploration of the international air guitar sub-culture 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.

Here is a pretty great video of him demonstrating his skills on Conan O’Brien along with Al Franken.

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