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No other instrument has witnessed such a dramatic rise to popularity--and precipitous decline--as the accordion. Squeeze This!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. Ethnomusicologist and accordion enthusiast Marion Jacobson traces the changing idea of the accordion in the United States and its cultural significance over the course of the twentieth century. She 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 ethnic musical communities and mainstream audiences alike, to its later denigration and novelty performances by the likes of "Weird Al" Yankovic as well as a recent revival within contemporary cabaret acts and pop groups such as They Might Be Giants. Loaded with dozens of images of gorgeous instruments and enthusiastic performers and fans, Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in Americarepresents the accordion in a wide range of popular and traditional musical styles, revealing the richness and diversity of accordion culture in America.
Table of Contents
|Advent of the Piano Accordion||p. 15|
|Squeezebox Bach: The Classical Accordion||p. 50|
|Squeezebox Rock: The Rise and Fall of the Accordion in American Popular Culture||p. 91|
|Crossover Accordionists: Viola Turpeinen, John Brugnoli, and Frankie Yankovic||p. 116|
|New Main Squeeze: Repositioning the Accordion in the Music Industry||p. 145|
|Out of the Closet: Reimagining the Accordion in American Popular Culture||p. 173|
|Color illustrations appear after page||p. 90|
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