Air Guitarist

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Dan Crane

“Bill Murray trapped in the body of Sid Vicious…”
--The New York Times

Dan Crane is a journalist, author, actor, comedian, host, musician, and competitive air-guitarist (retired).

He is the author of “To Air is Human: One Man’s Quest to Become the World’s Greatest Air Guitarist” (Riverhead Books, 2006), and the co-star of the award-winning documentary, Air Guitar Nation.

In 2004, Crane gave up his career as an educational software producer to pursue his dream of becoming the world’s best air guitarist. Under the nom d’air Björn Türqoue (pronounced to-RAWK), he competed in numerous competitions, repeatedly coming in second place. He retired in 2005 and now emcees air guitar competitions around the world.

His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Elle, Slate, Esquire, Blender, Paper, and Nylon. He has lectured on the art and history of air guitar at Columbia University, UNC Chapel Hill, Seattle’s Experience Music Project Museum, Google, NASA and TEDx.

His numerous television appearances include Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Last Call with Carson Daly, VH1’s “Undateable,” “Free Radio” and “100 Best Hard Rock Songs;” MTV’s “Next,” CNN, and Fox and Friends. He also gives an air guitar lesson on the Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure Twentieth Anniversary Special Edition DVD.

Since 2006, he has hosted the US and World Air Guitar Championships.

Of his air guitar skills, Blink and The Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell once said, “Björn Türoque is so good that people with real guitars now have contests to see who can do the best imitation of his air guitar imitation.”

Crane also plays bass and sings in a faux-French rock band called Nous Non Plus. Their first album was on the CMJ top-10 for four weeks, peaking at #6. They just completed their fourth album, to be released in the Fall of 2012. His new band, The Quick Hellos, has a song that will be featured on the HBO hit series TRUE BLOOD.

He also composes music for film and television. His credits include the musical score for Air Guitar Nation, No Kid Hungry (Food Network, 2012) The Cool School (PBS, Fall 2007), Hollywood Home Movies (A&E, 2005), How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (2005), and The Third Date (independent short, 2003).

Dan lives in Los Angeles with his air guitar.

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