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Vietnam Zippos

Sherry Buchanan

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Showcases the personalised Zippo lighters, engraved by American soldiers during the Vietnam War


Of the thousands of documents of the Vietnam War, none is so raw, so immediate and so resonant today.

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 'Apocolypse Now'.

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 both shocking and hilarious in its bitter satire.

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'… shocking, satirical, hilarious and poignant in equal measure'

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Book Details

Format: Flexibound PLC (no jacket)

Size: 22.0 x 24.0 cm

Extent: 180 pp

Publication date: 3 September 2007

ISBN: 9780500286975

Contents List

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

About the Author

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

American artist Bradford Edwards studied art at the University of California and Sussex University. He divides his time between the US and Vietnam where he started collecting Zippos for his Zippo installation work.

List of Contributors

Bradford Edwards