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Squeeze This!A Cultural History of the Accordion in America$
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Marion Jacobson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036750

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036750.001.0001

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Advent of the Piano Accordion

Advent of the Piano Accordion

(p.15) Chapter One Advent of the Piano Accordion
Squeeze This!

Marion Jacobson

University of Illinois Press

This chapter introduces the piano accordion and explains its modern evolution from earlier free-reed instruments. It explores the development of the modern piano accordion through a look at its European roots, then provides a discussion of its evolution as a uniquely American instrument, setting the stage for discussions of the accordion's emerging social capital—its capacity to express social status and power, and what accounted for its increasingly visible role in popular culture. Finally, this chapter sheds light on vaudeville star Guido Deiro's (1886–1951) pioneering role as a popular culture figure and his significant role in cementing a place for the accordion in American musical culture.

Keywords:   piano accordion, social capital, popular culture, Guido Deiro, American musical culture, free-reed instruments

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