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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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Crossover Accordionists

Crossover Accordionists

Viola Turpeinen, John Brugnoli, and Frankie Yankovic

(p.116) Chapter Four Crossover Accordionists
Squeeze This!

Marion Jacobson

University of Illinois Press

This chapter resumes the accordion's history at around the year 1963, after the accordion had reached the height of its popularity and America's youth were beginning to embrace new music and new instruments. Looking at the accordion in the context of the rock 'n' roll invasion and the rise of youth culture, this chapter examines the accordion industrial complex's efforts to extend its popularity—focusing on a trickle of new models equipped with features for rock accordionists. Yet the chapter also shows how this new sense of excitement about the future of the accordion subsided and how playing the accordion became, for all intents and purposes, geeky and uncool.

Keywords:   rock 'n' roll, youth culture, accordion industrial complex, rock accordionists, accordionists

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