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The Authorized Al
by Tino Insana
YA Yankovic, the clown prince of rock-and-roll, pokes fun at the whole genre of rock biographies and at himself. This tongue-in-cheek examination of the life and music of this "superstar" covers from his birth to his rise to stardom. The Authorized Al is actually based on the mock rocumentary HBO special and video The Complete Al (CBS/Fox, 1984), and the two items work ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published October 28th 1985 by McGraw-Hill/Contemporary
(first published October 1985)
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When I first discovered Ebay in the mid-90’s, I discovered to my amazement that The Authorized Al was rare and in high demand. I had spent my youth pouring over the pages in this book, reading lyrics and laughing at the pictures and commentary. I decided to put the book up for sale, even though the pages were dog-eared and I once killed a silverfish by rolling up the book and swatting it. Despite the accurate description of the book, down to a photo of the silverfish corpse remnants, somebody ...more