‘Weird Al: The Book’ Review

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on September 30, 2012
Weird Al: The Book
By Nathan Rabin, with Al Yankovic
Hardcover, 208 pages ($29.95)
He’s the king of pop-culture parody, but how much do you really know about Alfred “Weird Al” Yankovic, who’s sold more comedy recordings than anyone else in history and received three Grammy Awards for his brilliant satiric skewerings of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Nirvana and other musical megastars? This photo-packed, factoid-filled scrapbook peels back the curtain on the curly-haired, accordion-playing singer, songwriter, producer, actor and comedian who’s been reconfiguring the pop landscape with “I Love Rocky Road,” “My Bologna,” “Another One Rides the Bus,” “Eat It,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Like a Sturgen” and other wacky tunes for three decades.