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The Weird Accordion to Al: Every "Weird Al" Yankovic Album Obsessively Analyzed by the Co-Author of Weird Al: The Book (Nathan Rabin with Al Yankovic) Kindle Edition
Adapted from the column on its author's website, Nathan Rabin's Happy Place, with 52 hilarious, sometimes obscure and often oddly beautiful new original illustrations from Felipe Sobreiro and an introduction from Al himself, The Weird Accordion to Al explores every track on all sixteen of Al's records (14 studio albums, the Medium Rarities obscurities collection and Peter & the Wolf, his collaboration with Wendy Carlos) with an obsessiveness thats downright peculiar.
Equal parts music criticism, cultural and comedy history, autobiography and comic meditation on nostalgia, television, consumerism, childhood, technology and food, The Weird Accordion to Al does justice to a musical legend and comic genius the extent of whose remarkable achievements are only now being fully understood and appreciated.
Praise for The Weird Accordion to Al
“A brilliant, heartfelt cry of obsession and love for an already beloved and obsessed-over artist. Share Nathan’s madness and be freed!”—Patton Oswalt
"This book is pop culture history, music dissertation, and comedic theory. Nathan has exemplified the qualities that make Weird Al an artist who is equal parts Frank Zappa, Mel Brooks, and Mark Twain.”—Jonah Ray
“You don’t have to be a fan of Weird Al to enjoy Rabin’s raucous deep-dive into the complete discography. But if you’re not a Weird Al fan there’s clearly something wrong with you”—Alex Winter
“Wonderfully captures the quirks and fun details that have made the Yank-oeuvre ooze with oddness for almost four decades. Nathan really shows you what makes Al's mind tick. Spoiler: It's the neurons. A must read for anyone unemployed, childless, or with ninety spare hours to kill.”—Scott Aukerman
“The Weird Accordion to Al is the definitive companion to the “Weird Al” catalogue. It’s chock full of fascinating insights that left my head spinning like a Frankie Yankovic record (no relation). Nobody covers the Al canon in better depth than Nathan Rabin. It’s a must-read for the weirdos in your life. I learned so much from this VERY SPECIFIC book.”—Thomas Lennon
"Nathan Rabin is obsessive in the best sense of the word. He literally ALREADY wrote the book on Weird Al that Weird Al asked him to write. That wasn't enough for Nathan and that's why we are lucky to have this book. Al's contributions to pop culture deserve the kind of obsession that only Nathan Rabin can bring to the page and he brings it big time in this book. He dares to be very smart about "Dare To Be Stupid.’”—Jake Fogelnest
- ASIN : B083QSSG6G
- Publisher : Declan-Haven Publishing (Jan. 24 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 14127 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 390 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1658788478
- Best Sellers Rank: #622,062 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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this book is a must-have on your bookshelf, in your batgroom reading stack, your nightstand, your campus bookstore, or under your radioactive Christmas tree.
Nathan Rabin is as delightfully funny as he is insightful. It's difficult for me to articulate the fine details behind Al Yankovic's genius; So when people ask me why I love Weird Al's work, I can send them a link to this book in hopes that they leave me be to eat my Apple Jacks cereal..... Because I just do. And no one is paying ME to be a genre savvy Weird Al trope analyzing extraordinaire.
What you can expect is an in depth reflection on Al's comedy. It is exactly what you see on the cover: every weird al album analyzed in obsessive detail. It's not a mere trivia book. It's not Al's production notes. It's not a university research paper in APA format.
NOR SHOULD IT BE!
You can be a hardcore fan delighted by Nathan reaffirming what you know
or you can be a less knowledgeable but equally valid fan finding yourself constantly saying "Huh. I didn't catch that."
It has the delight of a TVTropes page except you aren't opening 27 tabs and forgetting you have to feed your baby.
Honestly, Weird Al fandom doesn't entail a border customs worker saying "welcome to the kingdom of Yankovia. Here's a friend who can have in depth discussions with you about what Al writes about." And, honestly, even with online Al communities full of fans eager to talk All Things Al- you're better off reading Nathan's book. Al himself is very pleased with the result and had fact checked it. I trust Nathan over the rideshare passenger who insists Al wrote a song about drugs in the early 2000s that said passenger found on Kazaa.
The artwork by Felipe Sobreiro is charming providing creative interpretation of plenty of the songs in Al's catalog.
Also if you leave 1 star reviews over an Amazon grievance beyond an author's control then you are part of the problem instead of the solution.
Stay weird, fellow fans.
Even so, I recommend this book for diehard Weird Al fans - as long as you don't mind these kinds of digressions or some of the moments of rambling on that had me thinking, "Enough, already. You already made that point."