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My online column The Weird Accordion to Al was born of a conviction that the music and world of American pop parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic is as worthy of deep analysis and appreciation as the work of slightly more serious rock icons like Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.

Since Al had chosen me personally to tell his story with 2012's WEIRD AL: THE BOOK (which I co-wrote with Al), I figured that I was just the person to do it. 

The coffee table book!
The coffee table book!

To that end, I decided to use the the release of "Weird Al" Yankovic's Grammy-winning, career-spanning 15 volume box set as an excuse to write extensively about every single song on every single "Weird Al" Yankovic album for my Weird Accordion to Al column at my website, Nathan Rabin's Happy Place. 

Two years, 14 albums and 165 songs into the project, I'm more convinced than ever that Al deserves a tribute this massive and achingly sincere. 

Dare!
Dare!

I love writing the column but it makes so much more sense as a book. This loving tribute to a true American original will be the possible version of The Weird Accordion to Al. Where I never quite found a coherent visual aesthetic for the column in its online form the book will feature gorgeous and extensive illustrations from prominent illustrator and colorist Felipe Sobreiro, and will be copy edited to such an extent you'll barely be able to recognize it as my work! 

As with Weird Al: The Book, "Weird Al" Yankovic will be writing the introduction to The Weird Accordion to Al. That's right, we got the man himself! Pretty, pretty exciting. 

the cover!
the cover!

Also, if you and your pals buy more than 5 copies in a group I will happily do a Skype call with your book club and/or college class. 

Oh, and to make things even more appealing, if you pre-order a copy of The Weird Accordion to Al book I will thank you in the acknowledgments and follow you on Twitter. Just give me your twitter handle so I don't forget. It's my very literal way of thanking you for your kindness and support. 

Robert De Niro's mole has got to be ten feet high
Robert De Niro's mole has got to be ten feet high

We're looking to publish at the end of October/early November, just in time for holiday shopping. So even if you're not personally an Al super-fan this is the perfect gift for the comedy geek in your life, and you definitely have at least one, or several dozen.

This could be you with the Close Personal Friend of Al Portrait option
This could be you with the Close Personal Friend of Al Portrait option
And THIS can be you with the "I'm with Al and Busey" tier
And THIS can be you with the "I'm with Al and Busey" tier
Nathan Rabin's Happy Place merch? It exists! And you can get your hands on some.
Nathan Rabin's Happy Place merch? It exists! And you can get your hands on some.

The Weird Accordion to Al is primarily for lovers of all thing "Weird Al" Yankovic and/or fans of my writing about music and pop culture but I would love for it to have a second life as an academic book, a fun, accessible look into parody and satire about someone everyone in the world loves, or at least should. 

To make all of this even more appealing, we’re introducing a pair of stretch goals. If we hit twelve thousand dollars, I will write about every episode of The Weird Al Show for patrons. If we hit 15,000 dollars, meanwhile, I’ll write up Al’s entire season as the bandleader/co-host on Comedy Bang Bang for a special bonus section of the book I’ll deliver in either PDF or Kindle form sometime around the turn of 2020. That’s a measure of how deeply invested we are in this project, and also how badly I need a little money to offset the lost income from the many outside columns I’ve had cancelled over the past few years. 

Al and friend
Al and friend

 My son with a favorite Funko.

Risks and challenges

This is a bit of a niche project. It didn't attract the biggest following online but I have faith that it will be much more successful as a book. I want to do this the right way so I have expenses like illustrations, publishing, copy-editing, printing and book design to worry about/pay for as well.

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    Electronic version of the book!

    Electronic version of the book! If you are morally opposed to killing trees, despite the deep, dark, evil nature of those wooden monsters, then the electronic version of The Weird Accordion to Al book is perfect for you! It's less than half the price of the print version, and you don't have to worry about shipping.

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    An autographed copy of the book

    Get an autographed, first edition copy of The Weird Accordion to Al directly from the co-author of Weird Al: The Book (with Al Yankovic) full of gorgeous illustrations from renowned illustrator and colorist Felipe Sobreiro and an introduction from "Weird Al" Yankovic himself. It's the ultimate tribute to the ultimate American musical comedy icon.

    If you yourself are not an Al fan (although, seriously, how is that possible?) this is still the perfect holiday gift for the comedy nerd in your life.

    And, to make things more appealing, pre-order at this level and I will thank you in the acknowledgements of the book itself AND follow you on Twitter. Just let me know what your handle is so I can give you a follow.

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    Best of Both Worlds!

    Get an autographed bundle of both books I've written about Al: 2012's WEIRD AL: THE BOOK, which is all kinds of fancy and I co-wrote with the man himself, and this year's THE WEIRD ACCORDION TO AL. I see these books as complementary siblings; one is all about pretty images, the other, pretty images and words, lots and lots of words.

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    Exclusive Shirt +autographed book

    It's taken nearly two years but we finally have our very first bit of Nathan Rabin's Happy Place march! For a mere fifty dollars, you can get the autographed book AND a navy blue Weird Accordion to Al tee-shirt based on Felipe's cover design. It's a beaut, a unique garment that conveys that you are an Olympic-level Al fan and, to a lesser extent, you like that weird column about him on that modestly read personal website.

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    Close Personal Friend of Al Portrait

    Alas, Al cannot be personally photographed with everyone so we have whipped up the best possible substitution: for 65 dollars, Felipe will do a lovely digital, one-of-a-kind print of a portrait of yourself with Al, plus an autographed copy of the Weird Accordion to Al book.

    It's the ultimate online conversation starter! You'll be the envy of all your Al-loving pals for this unique bit of Al ephemera.

    This comes with an autographed copy of The Weird Accordion to Al book as well.

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    I'm With Al AND Busey

    Because we are silly, silly human beings, and our audience/readership are very silly as well, we’re offering an upgrade where, for 85 dollars, you can get a digital, one of a kind portrait print of yourself with “Weird Al” Yankovic AND Gary Busey (which also comes with an autographed book) Why? I’m not entirely sure. The idea just amused me so I figured we would go for it. Just send us a photo of yourself and Felipe will make the magic happen.

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    For the Record!

    I still have some awesome stuff left over from my last crowd-funding campaign, so for a mere 270 dollars you can get an autographed copy of the Weird Accordion to Al and Weird Al: The Book in addition to one of the following albums signed by both Al and me. First come, first serve. Get em while they're hot! The autographed albums available are

    1. "Weird Al" Yankovic
    2. Polka Party!
    3. Even Worse
    4. UHF
    5. Poodle Hat
    6. Bad Hair Day
    7. Off the Deep End

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