Weird Al : seriously
by Hirsch, Lily E., 1979-
|Format:||Print Book 2020|
|Availability:||Available at 1 Library 1 of 2 copies|
From his love of accordions and Hawaiian print shirts to his popular puns and trademark dance moves, "Weird Al" Yankovic has made a career out of making us laugh. Funny music is often dismissed as light and irrelevant, but Yankovic's fourteen successful studio albums prove there is more going on than comedic music's reputation suggests. In this book, for the first time, the parodies, original compositions, and polka medleys of the Weird Al universe finally receive their due respect. Lily Hirsch weaves together original interviews with the prince of parody himself, creating a fresh take on comedy and music's complicated romance. She reveals that Yankovic's jests have always had a deeper meaning, addressing such topics as bullying, celebrity, and racial and gender stereotypes. Weird Al is undeterred by those who say funny music is nothing but a low-brow pastime. And thank goodness. With his good-guy grace still intact, Yankovic remains unapologetically and unmistakably himself. Reveling in the mischief and wisdom of Yankovic's forty-year career, this book is an Al-expense-paid tour of a true comedic and musical genius.
ContentsIntroduction: still Weird Al
This is the life
The prince of pop parody
Policing and playing with language
Sugar and spice and everything almost nice
The art of self-deprecation
The woke joke
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-- Criticism and interpretation.
Humorous songs -- History and criticism.
Parody in music.
|Publisher|| Lanham :Rowman & Littlefield,2020
writer of foreword.
xxvi, 209 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-202) and index.