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Squeeze This!: A Cultural History of the Accordion in America

Marion Jacobson

Abstract

No other instrument has witnessed such a dramatic rise to popularity—and precipitous decline—as the accordion. This book is the first history of the piano accordion and the first book-length study of the accordion as a uniquely American musical and cultural phenomenon. The book traces the changing idea of the accordion in the United States and its cultural significance over the course of the twentieth century. It focuses on key moments of transition, from the introduction of elaborately decorated European models imported onto the American vaudeville stage and the instrument's celebration by et ... More

Keywords: musical instrument, piano accordion, American music, cultural significance, popular music, traditional music, American vaudeville

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036750
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036750.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marion Jacobson, author