"Weird Al" Yankovic is one of music's most beloved figures. A skilled accordion player and songwriter, the California native is known for his meticulous parodies of popular songs, hilarious originals, and, of course, for upbeat polkas!
For much of Al's career, one man has been by his side, photographing and documenting the fun and weirdness: longtime drummer Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz. Since meeting Al in 1980, Jon has taken more than 20,000 images of Al in his element: on tour, in the studio, and on video sets.
Black & White & Weird All Over presents hundreds of images of Al, culled from Jon's personal collection of black-and-white photography. These photos only existed on contact sheets – out of mind and out of sight – until now! From behind-the-scenes shots taken on the sets of Al's iconic videos for "Ricky," "I Love Rocky Road," "Eat It," and "Living With A Hernia," to studio sessions for Al's IN 3-D and Polka Party! LPs, Black & White & Weird All Over is the ultimate photographic essay of Weird Al's undisputed comedic genius.
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About the Author
“WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC is an American musician, comedian and actor who is known for his music parodies and original songs that make light of popular culture. He has sold more than 12 million albums, performed more than 1,700 live shows, and earned five Grammy Awards. His last LP, Mandatory Fun, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, the first comedy album ever to do so.
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Jon Schwartz has been my drummer since September 14, 1980. I remember that date clearly because it’s the night I played “Another One Rides the Bus” on the Dr. Demento Radio Show for the very first time, and Jon just happened to be there. I announced that I needed someone to bang on my accordion case for percussion, and Jon (who claimed to be a drummer) eagerly volunteered his services. He’s had the job ever since.
The original “band” was just the two of us – a real power duo. I didn’t want Jon to be the only one in the group without a dumb nickname, so I dubbed him “Bermuda Schwartz” – and as nicknames have a tendency to do, it just kinda stuck.
The last several decades have been an amazing ride. More than once – an annoying number of times, actually – Bermuda has warned me, “Someday I’m going to write a book about all this!” It became a bit of a running joke: whenever Jon would try to give me a stupid unsolicited idea, I’d roll my eyes and say, “Yeah, why don’t you just put that in your book!” But now, he’s actually made good on the threat. Granted, this is not some kind of tell-all biography (we’re not exactly Mötley Crüe on the road, so it wouldn’t have made for very salacious reading anyway). But it’s a fine snapshot (actually, several hundred snapshots) of what life was like for us in the ‘80s – all those early recording sessions and low-budget music video shoots...[continues]
- "Weird Al" Yankovic
Table of Contents1) Introduction (Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz)
2) Foreword ("Weird Al" Yankovic)
3) "Ricky" Video Shoot
4) "I Love Rocky Road" Video Shoot
5) A Glimpse Inside the Recording Process: Overdubs
6) "Eat It" Video Shoot
7) The Polka Party! Mixing Session
8) "Living With A Hernia" Video Shoot