Weezer crooner Rivers Cuomo took to his official website this week to announce the upcoming release of "Alone III", a collection certainly of interest to any true fan of the punk-pop darling. "Alone III", which arrives Dec. 12, will include "The Pinkerton Diaries", a 237-page book that combines Cuomo's "journals, emails, letters, photos, and school papers, everything from those years '94-'97" of the "Pinkerton" era, a time known for taking the sunny, alternative pop-oriented group down a darker, scrappier road.
The book, available at Cuomo's website, provides "an inside look as to exactly what I was thinking" during the recording of that landmark album, with "an intimate look into the writing and recordings of Rivers Cuomo from 1994-1997."
For more of a picture of what to expect, the site explains the book "is an intimate ride along on the journey as Rivers goes from playing an empty club with Weezer to selling millions of records and touring all over the world then willingly trades the life of a rock star for the life of a Harvard undergrad." Sounds enticing, right? If you're on the fence, not that the first 500 orders include a limited-edition poster signed by Cuomo, so you might want to hurry up.
The 26-track "Alone III" features early, rough demos from 1994-1997. If it's all a bit too much Weezer for you to handle, an additional, web-only premium pack is also available, complete with a 20×40 "Pinkerton" lithograph, a black t-shirt featuring a 1996 Cuomo photo and a "Pinkerton Diaries" postcard set. Find the full track listing for "Alone III" on Cuomo's page.
Thanks for the report to Cat Badra, AudioInkRadio.com.