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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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Repositioning the Accordion in the Music Industry

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Squeeze This!

Marion Jacobson

University of Illinois Press

This chapter shows how the accordion and its music come into focus in different sectors of the mainstream music world of the 1980s and 1990s. The accordion was presented in a folksy vein, as a counterpart to the artist's working-class and/or ethnic identity, and as a counterbalance to the ubiquitous electronic soundscape of techno and punk. Although many of the newly “revived” folk styles (especially Irish traditional music) featured the button diatonic accordion or melodeon, the chapter argues that these instruments gave piano accordionists a new impetus to explore what they perceived as a more “folk” or “authentic” style of playing. In the academic music world, the accordion fueled an ongoing hunger for new sounds and new cultural experiences.

Keywords:   1980s music, 1990s music, revived folk music, melodeon, academic music, mainstream music

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