Drawn from the collection of American artist Bradford Edwards and other private collections, this book showcases for the first time the personalized Zippo engravings by American soldiers made during the Vietnam War.
This book showcases for the first time the personalized Zippo engravings by American soldiers made during the Vietnam War (1964-1973). Drawn from the collection of American artist Bradford Edwards and other private collections, the chrome-plated brass bears witness to the uncensored feelings of young men at war; their testimony is shocking, and both hilarious and poignant in its bitter satire. Soldiers engraved love, death, sex, drugs and rock'n'roll onto the canvases of their Zippo lighters, in a real-life version of the war portrayed in Francis Ford Coppola's epic film Apocalypse Now. Of the thousands of documents on the Vietnam War, none is so raw, so immediate and so resonant today.
Sherry Buchanan writes extensively on Vietnamese war art and has been a guest curator of Vietnam War exhibitions at the British Museum and other international venues. Among her other books are Tran Trung Tin: Painting and Poems from Vietnam and Vietnam Behind the Lines
Preface Vietnam Zippos by Sherry Buchanan Zippos Engravings and Stories: Get Charlie; Get Laid, Get High; Zippo War Collecting Vietnam Zippos by Bradford Edwards A-Zippo Engravings * Glossary
'... shocking, satirical, hilarious and poignant in equal measure' - Wonderland
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