The Pinkerton Diaries

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The Pinkerton Diaries
AuthorRivers Cuomo
CountryUnited States
SubjectThe making of Pinkerton (1994-1997)
GenreDiaries and Journals
Publisherself published
Publication dateDecember 12, 2011
Media typePrint (Hardcover)

The Pinkerton Diaries is the first book published by Rivers Cuomo, released in conjunction with Alone III: The Pinkerton Years. It documents the lead up to, recording of, and aftermath of his experience writing and recording Weezer's sophomore record, Pinkerton.


A view of the inside contents of the book along with the Alone III disc.

Cuomo described the book as “a collection of my journals, emails, letters, photos, and school papers — so you get an inside look as to exactly what I was thinking [when I wrote Pinkerton]”. The book covers the years 1994 to 1997, beginning on May 10, 1994, the day The Blue Album was released. Cuomo’s personal journals included in the book detail everything from the confusion and excitement of trying to figure out romance, to the physically and emotionally harrowing medical struggles he underwent for over a year to correct a congenital leg length discrepancy. Also included are Cuomo’s lyric notebooks, music compositions, and studio notes from the Pinkerton sessions. As it is meant to be a companion piece to Alone III, the CD is stored in the back of the book.


On January 20, 2012, Cuomo read portions of the book before an audience during the Weezer Cruise.

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