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April 14, 2011

Mayor picks ‘Weird’ book

Mayor picks ‘Weird’ book | The News-Sentinel – Fort Wayne IN.

Mayor Tom Henry visited Perry Hill Elementary School to help celebrate Literacy Week at the school.

Henry read to the entire school during an afternoon assembly in the gym. The book chosen for the event was “When I Grow Up” by Al Yankovic.

Yes, that’s right, “Weird Al” Yankovic – known for his spoofs of popular tunes like “Our Love’s in Jeopardy/I lost on Jeopardy” or “Beat It/Eat It” – released a children’s book in December. Judging from the reaction of the student body, it is pretty funny. Henry said he will read at several area schools this week.

“I really enjoy doing these,” Henry said. He also noted that the younger people are when they learn to read, the more successful they will be in school and life.

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April 04, 2011

Weird Al’s Coffee Table Book!


Abrams, one of the most respected companies in publishing, will be releasing a comprehensive illustrated history on Al’s life and career in late 2012. Many of the photographs that will be used in the book will come from our extensive archives… but we’re hoping to unearth some new treasures. So we’d like to invite you to submit your own photos and artwork for consideration to be included in the book!

If you have a unusual and unique photo of Weird Al that would be a great addition to the book, check out the link above on how to submit it (up to three) for consideration.

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April 03, 2011

Weird Al Yankovic On Writing in Verse – GalleyCat

Weird Al Yankovic On Writing in Verse – GalleyCat.

A nice interview focusing on his children’s book, When I Grow Up.  Weird Al describes the writing process, the more sophisticated vocabulary, and what’s in store for the future.

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February 09, 2011

An interview for English, baby!

So Al has been doing all sorts of interviews to promote his new book When I Grow Up. It seems like things are going pretty well, and here’s another interview from the folks over at English, baby.

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February 01, 2011

What happened when Weird Al grew up

Keep an eye on the news today. And not just for updates on that big storm that’s affecting 100 million people, and dropping moisture over 2,100 miles in 2 dozen states. Weird Al’s hitting the airwaves and uh, printwaves, for his book promotion tour. Of course he was on The Today Show this morning. But prior to that he also hit Fox 25 Morning News in Boston. You can watch the video here. Or if you prefer reading to video (after all this is a book he’s promoting) you can check out the text interview on CNN.com.

If you see or hear Al anywhere else, let us know!

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January 30, 2011

Book’em Yanko

Make sure to catch The Today Show on Tuesday February 1st as Weird Al will be promoting his first ever children’s book When I Grow Up. In addition, there has been a couple new additions to the nation wide book signing tour. In full, Al will be at:

Feb 1 – Princeton, NJ – Barnes & Noble 6:30pm

Feb 2 – Ridgewood, NJ – Bookends 4:30pm

Feb 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Barnes & Noble (at the Grove) 2:00pm

Feb 13 – Van Nuys, CA – Costco 1:00pm

Feb 15 – Irvine, CA – A Whale of a Tale 4:00pm

Feb 18 – Naperville, IL – Anderson’s Bookshop 7:00pm
(This event is being held at North Central College)

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January 18, 2011

Signing books across the nation

Weird Al will be travelling coast to coast signing his first ever children’s book, When I Grow Up.

Feb 1 Princeton, NJ
Barnes & Noble 6:30 PM
Feb 2 Ridgewood, NJ
Bookends 2:00 PM
Feb 12 Los Angeles, CA
Barnes & Noble (at the Grove)   2:00 PM
Feb 13 Van Nuys, CA
Costco 1:00 PM
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January 15, 2011

Book signing in Princeton, NJ

Weird Al is launching his children’s picture book, When I Grow Up, on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm at the Barnes & Noble, 3535 US Route 1 South in the MarketFair Mall, Princeton, NJ. Ticket distribution begins at 4:00 pm on February 1, 2011. Seating is on a first-come/first seated basis.

More details here.

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December 08, 2010

Children’s book trailer

Come feast your eyes and ears on the trailer for the next new blockbuster book that’ll make The DaVinci Code look like Bonfire of the Vanities.  Containing more rhymes and meter than any John Grisham novel, it’s Weird Al’s upcoming children’s book When I Grow Up

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For a limited time, you can pre-order the book at several online retailers until February 1st.  After that, you’ll just have to settle with merely ORDERING the book online or locating it at your local, um… whaddya call those things… it’s like an online store, but in 3D… oh yeah, a bookstore!

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December 04, 2010

Weird Al in new MTV book

Author/writer Greg Prato just released a new book, ‘MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video.’   From Greg himself:

For this book, I interviewed quite a few renowned rock musicians, including…Weird Al Yankovic! Weird Al’s quotes are throughout the book on a variety of MTV-related topics, and there is a chapter titled “Weird Al” Yankovic, in which Weird Al discusses the “stories behind the videos” for the clips “I Love Rocky Road,” “Ricky,” “Eat It,” and “Like A Surgeon,” plus his “AL-TV” segments.

Sounds very cool.  Here is the full press release:

Two New Books by author Greg Prato…
MTV Ruled The World: The Early Years Of Music Video
The Eric Carr Story

As the author of such books as, ‘Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music,’ ‘Touched By Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story,’ and ‘A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon,’ Greg Prato has two new titles that are now available for purchase.

The first, ‘MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video,’ is the first-ever book to focus solely on the channel’s important building-block years, specifically from the MTV’s launch to when its original group of VJs left the channel. Comprised of over 70 all-new interviews (“Weird Al” Yankovic, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Rob Halford, Stewart Copeland, Rick Springfield, Jerry Casale, Geddy Lee, Ann Wilson, Chuck D, Alan Hunter, Nina Blackwood, etc.), the book is not only an eye-opening account of the early years of MTV and the stories behind its biggest videos, but also of the music industry, important music developments/events, and the “Big ’80s” in general.

The second, ‘The Eric Carr Story,’ is the first-ever book to tell the life story of Kiss drummer Eric Carr. Comprised of all-new interviews, the book also doubles as a study of 1980′s era Kiss. You’ll find insight into all of Kiss’ albums that featured Carr (from producers Bob Ezrin, Michael James Jackson, and Ron Nevison), as well as those closest to him (sister Loretta Caravello, girlfriend Carrie Stevens, Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick), and music-related friends (Eddie Trunk, Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy, Anthrax’s Charlie Benante). Also included is one of the last-ever interviews conducted with Kiss’ original manager, Bill Aucoin, and for the first time ever, Kiss fans will be able to learn what the real story line to Kiss’ controversial release ‘(Music From) The Elder’ was all about (thanks to an explanation from Ezrin).

With both the 30 year anniversary of MTV’s launch (August 1, 1981) and the 20 year anniversary of Eric Carr’s passing (November 24, 1991) approaching in 2011, what better way to celebrate both subjects than with all-new books? Both books are set up in an “oral history” format (in other words, you’re getting the story straight from the source) and are chock-full of rarely seen (or in many cases, never-before-seen) photographs.

The MTV book is 427 pages long and priced at $24.99 (ISBN # 978-0-578-07197-8), while the Eric Carr book is 256 pages long and priced at $19.99 (ISBN # 978-0-578-07424-5). Both books will make perfect gifts this holiday season for rock music fans worldwide. For ordering information and to view samples from each book before purchasing, visit the following links…

MTV - http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/mtv-ruled-the-world-the-early-years-of-music-video/13991020

Eric Carr - http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/the-eric-carr-story/13991056

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