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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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Out of the Closet

Out of the Closet

Reimagining the Accordion in American Popular Culture

(p.173) Chapter Six Out of the Closet
Squeeze This!

Marion Jacobson

University of Illinois Press

This chapter traces some diverse aspects of the accordion's current popularity that have yet to come to light: the San Francisco neo-vaudeville scene; the accordion festival phenomenon with its emphasis on the ludic, participatory aspects of accordion playing; and Internet-based accordion communities. It explores the rise of festivals and organizations, which became focal points for diversity and provided the accordion scene with a core identity. The chapter also considers a renewed interest in learning to play folk and traditional music, workshop participation, and accordion collecting and the material culture of the accordion. The chapter concludes with reflections on the cultural work the accordion has been doing in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries—embracing the idea of “difference” and recapturing genres, cultures, and repertoires that were previously marginalized in the accordion world.

Keywords:   accordion community, San Francisco neo-vaudeville, accordion festivals, traditional music, folk music, accordion workshops, accordion collecting, accordion material culture, popular culture

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