Butch Walker parodies 'Reading Rainbow' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Über-producer Butch Walker, who’s made hits for everyone from Weezer to Katy Perry, has written Drinking with Strangers: Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt, out Oct. 25. In it, Walker taps into his 20-year career and offers a humorous and insightful look behind the scenes of the music business — and he definitely doesn’t shy away from delving into its dark side. What better way to tout an irreverent, booze-soaked rock and roll memoir than to take a page from Reading Rainbow? You don’t have to take my word for it! Watch the video below:

The only thing that would make this video even better is if Fran’s brilliant assessment of the book ended with a duh-nah-NAH guitar outro, but the footage of LeVar Burton feeding a baby mammal more than makes up for it.

Butch and his band The Black Widows have a new album called The Spade with Dangerbird Records, on-sale now, and they are touring through October.

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  • John

    That is hilarious. Butch is the most underrated musician in the business. The Spade may be his best album yet. Go get it if you havn’t yet. Also, Fran is great in this video. He has an album coming out as well. Why has EW not reviewed The Spade?

  • allie

    maybe this will inspire pbs to bring the show back!

  • Mike

    On top of all his other talents, Butch can now play lefty, too? Either that or they transposed the image of him playing at around 0:49.

  • Renee

    Oh how I love these guys. I’ve preordered the book. Can’t wait to read it. If I hadn’t already ordered it, Fran’s wonderful review would have suckerpunched me into ordering it. :)

  • lettergirl

    oh, butch…how do i love thee? let me count the ways…thanks to EW for giving him the love he deserves. i have been following him since his FFR days. good times! :)

  • lagitha

    Butch is Awesome. Can’t wait to see him play in Boston this weekend!

  • Colleen

    I so love this! I read the sneak preview he posted on Twitter a few weeks ago, and I loved this book.

  • AdamRStreicher

    A book!?!?!?! How did I not know about this. I am preordering this $#*! immediately.

  • Bob Frapples

    He posted the first chapter as a free download on his website a couple of weeks ago. Or maybe on his Facebook. Somewhere. Anyway, it’s hilarious.

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