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"Weird Al" Yankovic's mid-'80s antics are the subject of a new black-and-white photo collection

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Photo: Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz

“Weird Al” Yankovic, whose beloved pop parodies have delighted audiences across the world, will soon see his story told through photos thanks to Black & White & Weird All Over: The Lost Photographs of “Weird Al” Yankovic ‘83 – ‘86, a new book of black-and-white snapshots put together by his longtime drummer, Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz. The book, which unfolds across more than 200 pages and features a foreword by Yankovic, arrives on October 27, just in time for you to tuck it under your arm on the “Nature Trail To Hell.

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Schwartz’s photos, the majority of which have never been published, find Yankovic and his collaborators on tour and in the studio working on albums like Dare to Be Stupid ​and Polka Party!. Other pics capture the behind-the-scenes madness of videos like “Eat It,” “I Love Rocky Road,” and “Ricky.” Per Yankovic, it should appeal “to both Weird Al completists and those who enjoy black-and-white photographs taken by drummers.”

“It’s a fine snapshot—actually, several hundred snapshots—of what life was like for us in the ‘80s,” he adds.

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To celebrate the announcement, Yankovic is also sharing some teaser clips featuring rare audio. The below video, which The A.V. Club is happy to premiere, features a demo version of “That Boy Could Dance” from “Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D. “Previously unreleased!” Schwartz tells us of the audio. “This is an original from Al’s In 3-D LP with just bass, drums, guitar, and a rough vocal pass. The final version fades out, but this is how we ended it in the studio!”

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Watch the teaser below.

Black & White & Weird All Over​ is getting released as both a hardcover and a limited edition box set, the latter of which is signed by Schwartz and comes with an alternate cover and 12 9-inch by 12-inch framable prints. You can pre-order the box set, which is limited to 250 copies, beginning on Wednesday, August 12 at 1 p.m. EST at the book’s official website.

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Got “One More Minute”? Check out a few more of Schwartz’s photos below.

Illustration for article titled Weird Al Yankovics mid-80s antics are the subject of a new black-and-white photo collection
Photo: Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz
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Illustration for article titled Weird Al Yankovics mid-80s antics are the subject of a new black-and-white photo collection
Photo: Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz
Illustration for article titled Weird Al Yankovics mid-80s antics are the subject of a new black-and-white photo collection
Photo: Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz
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Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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