Gorgeous Black and White and Wear All Over is making weird Al fans feel indifferent for the 80s. It is a thick tome that collects hundreds of previously-seen photographs taken by Wear Al’s longtime drummer John “Bermuda” Schwartz. This is a deep dive of the early career of a famous musician and his bandmates as they make the most iconic music videos ever. And all of this is presented in a rich, shiny black and white fantasy that really captures the moment that once seemed lost forever.
This is the true definition of a coffee table book, which should be displayed in any household that hopes to connect with a bored company. Once you pick it up and start flipping through the pages, you’re immediately sent back in an instant, when ‘Strange al’ Yankovic Ruled MTV, and captured the imagination of an entire nation. Documented with several major photo shoots during various music videos and studio sessions, Bermuda depicts an artist’s climax to its climax, and it is the Crescendos with a strange scene with a discrete set of al-al- One of Alla’s biggest hits. ‘.
Coming to the end of this book, ‘It It’ is a truly transportable collection of chapter pages, instinctively evoking feelings of melancholy for a melancholy era. And this explains why Strange Al is still one of the most worshiped musicians today. He is a true icon, and here, we get an intimate look at the artist at work. As he and his colleagues create one of the deepest artifacts of their time. A classic parody of Michael Jackson is not only in the lyrics, but in his full personality. We also get to see all of the people who helped build this legacy and how it all came together at a pivotal moment in Wear Al’s career trajectory.
John “Bermuda” Schwartz let us stay at the tomb behind a lot of curtains. He also explains some ways of his madness. While he loved shooting in Black and White, some restrictions in developing the film Black and White prevented him from taking his camera on the road and to many other shows where he had to shoot in color. So there are only a few select examples where he used his artistic talent in creating black and white photo sets, which provide a clear creative path into this strange and wonderful life seen here.
The book begins with Bermuda and Strange Al himself, both providing some important insights into the lies ahead for consumers of this photography book. There are not many essays throughout. Schwartz provides just enough context in this world from which we can explore photos at our own pace, study and test minute details, take in the whole picture, engage with imagery such as It was hung in a gallery. Each photo is a small work in itself.
The book cuts to the bone, with a video shoot for ‘Ricky’, which will become the strangest Al MTV staple and be declared the King of Parody. Bermuda also invites us to the set of ‘Rock I Love Rocky Road’, one of my personal favorite weird al videos of all time. To view these photos from this day, an airfield is taken out with a flock of extras. Apparently enjoying himself, allowing for an interesting passage lost in time. There is an intimacy of images that Bermuda captures that are at once captivating and then quite familiar, such as looking back at old times with long-forgotten friends.
The final music video covered by Bermuda as part of their Black and White and Wear All Over session is the set of ‘Living with a Hernia’, which will mark the beginning of a decline in Wear Al’s career. Although we all know that he recovered to a great extent after the release of the album on which this single appears, Polka Party, which for various reasons is probably my favorite weird al record of all time, even though The record is 3-D and even worse. , To the polka party, where it is better welcomed by fans and the general public. With an awkward Al inviting into the world of music video shoots, John uses his imagination and art to invite fans to several studio sessions, having grown up listening to Strange Al, wondering how he Draws magic. It is here in black and white for us.
John “Bermuda” Schwartz is one of the biggest drummers alive, capable of capturing any genre and taking his boss Al inside. As it turns out, the man is also quite skilled with a camera, as he proves with his new book. . Although we find most of his black and white collections here, Bermuda notes that he has taken photographs over the years, though in color and on digital. There is sure to be a perennial mainstay in living rooms around the world, I hope John will probably let us see some of his other photos in the sequel. as it stands, Black and white and weird all over The entrance is well worth the price, and has become one of my most treasured art books to come in recent years.
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