Lights, Camera, Accordion!: Eye-Popping Photographs of Weird Al Yankovic, 1981-2006 (Hardcover)
As featured in Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, The A.V. Club, Consequence, Mashable, Mental Floss, Book Riot and more "Weird Al" Yankovic continues as one of our most beloved comedians, actors, and musicians. A skilled accordion player and lyricist, the California native not only crafts meticulous parodies, but also creates hilarious originals and pop culture-themed polkas. Now in his fifth decade of recording and performing, Al has maintained a career that has outlasted many of the artists that he has lampooned.Since 1980, Al's drummer Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz has been by his side, photographing and documenting his career. Jon has taken more than 20,000 images of Al in his element: on tour, in the studio, on video sets, and backstage.Lights, Camera, Accordion presents over 300 images of Al, culled from Jon's personal collection of color photography, all restored from the original negatives. This exhaustive volume represents the 25 years that Jon shot Al on 35mm color film, from 1981 to 2006, before switching to digital photography. Jon additionally provides previously unheard stories and anecdotes throughout.From "Eat It" and "Like a Surgeon" to later classics such as "Smells Like Nirvana," "Amish Paradise," and the Star Wars parody "The Saga Begins," Lights, Camera, Accordion showcases a body of work that spans ten albums, five Grammys, and nearly 2,000 concerts to millions of fans - and is packed with the weirdness and fun that always surrounds the undisputed king of comedic music.
Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz has been the drummer with "Weird Al" Yankovic since 1980 and is seen and heard on all of Weird Al's albums, videos, and concert and television performances. He is also the group's archivist with an unmatched collection of photos, memorabilia, and audio & video releases from around the world. Bermuda authored the best-selling 2020 book Black & White & Weird All Over which features his black-and-white photos of Weird Al, and his photography is included in the film Weird: The Al Yankovic Story."Weird Al" Yankovic is a 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 nearly 2,000 live shows, and earned five Grammy Awards. Al's most recent LP, Mandatory Fun, went to #1 on the Billboard 200, the first comedy album to do so since 1963. His biopic, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, starring Daniel Radcliffe, will be released in Fall, 2022.Drew Carey is an actor, comedian, and game show host. Carey starred in his own sitcom, The Drew Carey Show, and was the host of the U.S. version of the improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? He has hosted the game show The Price Is Right since 2007, which is currently the highest-rated program in daytime television.