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Funding A Medium Weird Trip

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Raised by 85 people in 11 months
Created February 1, 2018
Hello! 

My name is Nathan Rabin and I quite literally (co)-wrote the book on "Weird Al" Yankovic  when I collaborated with my childhood hero "Weird Al" Yankovic on 2012's Weird Al: the Book. 


So when I found out Al would be releasing a career-spanning box set (Squeeze Box) I decided I'd continue my pioneering work in the field of "Weird Al" Yankovic studies with "The Weird Accordion to Al", a song-by-song analysis of every song Al has ever recorded for my website Nathan Rabin's Happy Place. 

I just published the 110th entry in the column, which represents the most exhaustive body of "Weird Al" Yankovic criticism in contemporary history. It's already over 100,000 words long and should be substantially longer by the time it's through. 


I'm planning on turning the column into a book when it's done, with lots of supplemental material covering other parts of Al's career, like his videos, movie and television show. 

I'm also planning on following Al for part of his Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Vanity Tour from my old home town of Chicago to my new home town in Atlanta. This is where you come in, as I need a little scratch to do things the right way and not bankrupt my family in the process. 

I would not enter into a GoFundMe campaign lightly. The reason I feel confident about this is because I genuinely feel like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and because I feel like no one is better qualified to have this experience and write about it than me. That was the case when I used GoFundme to fund the week-long trip that became 7 Days in Ohio, my book about a week spent covering the Gathering and the Republican National Convention, and that's the case here. 


To help fund this excellent adventure, I'm putting albums from my very own private Squeeze Box collection up for sale. These will be one-of-a-kind collectibles. Once an album is gone from this campaign, it is gone forever. I can personally vouch that stuff signed by both Al and me is rare, on account of I get asked to sign very little, understandably.

So this is an awesome opportunity to get some primo collectibles and help me realize my plans to cover Al and his unique upcoming tour in the biggest, most comprehensive way possible. 

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Update 3
Posted by Nathan Rabin
8 months ago
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Hey you all,

Some updates for you! I just finished sending out all of the dual-signed copies of Weird Al: The Book. There was only supposed to be 25 books, but I'm bad at counting so I ended up getting 29 signed, 27 as a "tour edition" and two bonus books.

If you haven't gotten your book yet, it's on its way.

Here are two of the big articles I've written about the tour so far:

https://melmagazine.com/another-one-rides-the-bus-my-two-week-adventure-following-weird-al-around-the-country-via-e7676b2817a8

and on my own site:

https://www.nathanrabin.com/happy-place/2018/4/12/medium-weird-trip-on-the-road-with-the-weird-al-yankovics-ridiculously-self-indulgent-ill-advised-vanity-tour?rq=medium%20weird

I've also sold six of the dual-signed album. That's great but I have nine left. A photo of the remaining albums is included. The price is down to 127 bucks for a one of a kind collectible and if you'd like, I will happily not sign the album in question.

And, of course, there are hundreds of the eventual Weird Accordion to Al available.

This trip and GoFundMe both went great but I moved and went on a two week trip in the last month so I sure could use a little cash right about now if you're feeling generous.

Thanks for the support, everyone. I send out 4 of the albums yesterday and hope to send the rest out in the very near future.
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Update 2
Posted by Nathan Rabin
9 months ago
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Tonight marks the beginning of my stint on Al's current tour. Just wanted to say it got off to an amazing start. It was everything I'd been hoping for and more. Can't wait to write it up and then see the next six shows.

Hope the old brain bone can handle all the excitement.
Me and Al
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Update 1
Posted by Nathan Rabin
11 months ago
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Funding A Medium Weird Trip has reached 54% of its goal. Thanks to Glenn, Ed and Meridith.
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