About

dan-craneDan Crane is a journalist, author, 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 dual dreams of becoming a journalist, and the world’s best air guitarist. He succeeded at one of them.

Under the nom d’air Björn Türqoue (pronounced to-RAWK), he competed in numerous competitions, repeatedly coming in second place. Though he was never crowned a world air guitar champion, Crane/Türoque retired in 2005 and became the official “Master of Airemonies” for the annual US, and World Air Guitar Championships.

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

His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, California Sunday, Elle, Slate, The Daily Beast, Rhapsody, Esquire, Paper, and Nylon. He has lectured on the art, history, and technology 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, The Katie Couric Show, 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.

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“He’s charismatic, handsome, engaging and the anti-Ryan Seacrest. And he has a way about him that keeps everyone attuned to what’s happening on stage.”
–The Post Game / Yahoo Sports

Of his air guitar skills, Blink and The Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell once wrote, “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 released their fourth album, Le Sex et la Politique, in the autumn of 2012. His other band, The Quick Hellos, had a song featured on the HBO hit series TRUE BLOOD.

His current band, Ray & Remora, plays regularly around Los Angeles. Their video for “Gold Soundz” (a Pavement cover from their 1994 EP) features cameos by Kim Gordon, Jeff Goldblum and Steve Malkmus.

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).

And yes, he hosts a podcast too. Who doesn’t these days?

Dan splits time between London and Los Angeles, and lives with his wife, their dog Whisky, and his air guitar.

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4 comments

  1. Renee Binkowski

    Hi Dan…It’s Renee ..now Renee Abbot. You might just remember me from a past life called Illumina, possibly. I’m living in NZ with my husband and daughter. I came across your youtube video with Flight of the Concords. Hilarious!! Congrats on your air guitar success! Quite original career….
    Just thought I would say a little hi and so glad to see life is going well. xx

    • admin

      Hey Renee! Nice to hear from you and congrats on living in NZ – it’s an amazing place! Yes, things just got weirder after Illumina. And they have remained weird ever since. Take care and thanks for writing!

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