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Squeeze This!: A Cultural History of the Accordion in America - Folklore Studies in Multicultural World (Paperback)
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Squeeze This!: A Cultural History of the Accordion in America - Folklore Studies in Multicultural World (Paperback)

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Paperback 292 Pages / Published: 25/06/2015
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The piano accordion experienced a roller coaster ride of popularity--rise to fame on the airwaves, stage and silver screen, then a deathly decline, followed by a pop culture resurgence. Squeeze This! rolls out a history of the squeezebox with the first book-length study of its fascinating role in twentieth-century American music and culture. Focusing on key moments of transition, ethnomusicologist and accordion enthusiast Marion Jacobson shows how the instrument came to be celebrated by ethnic musical communities and mainstream fans alike. She also explores the accordion's rebirth in contemporary music, from the parodies of "Weird Al" Yankovic to geek rock legends They Might Be Giants to accordion-wielding superstars like Bruce Springsteen and Sheryl Crow. Loaded with images of gorgeous instruments, virtuoso performers, and rabid fans, Squeeze This! presents the untold story of America's rich accordion culture.

Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252080951
Number of pages: 292
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"A serious work of musical and cultural history."--Shelf Awareness

"Using meticulous research, Jacobson not only touches on how topics as diverse as immigration, movies, war, and feminism have influenced the accordion's popularity, but she also finds time to drop in countless little known pop culture nuggets about great accordionists."--Publishers Weekly


"A fascinating cultural history of the most underestimated of instruments."--Booklist

"Wunnerful, wunnerful. . . . A delightful and illuminating surprise."--The Wall Street Journal


"An illuminating and occasionally whimsical account, in keeping with the instrument itself."--Library Journal

"Ethnographically rich, compellingly written, and resting on a solid theoretical and methodological foundation, Marion Jacobson's cultural history of the accordion is a welcome addition to the extant literature on popular music, free-reed instruments, and cultural and diaspora studies."--Italian American Review


"An excellent book about the piano accordion's evolution, a number of major accordionists, and the many musical genres where it has been used, from polka and zydeco to rock 'n' roll and classical music. Fascinating reading not only for accordionists, ethnomusicologists, and folklorists, but especially also general readers interested in ethnic music and cultural history."--Deborah Anders Silverman, author of Polish-American Folklore


"An academic resource, a detailed history, and a quirky travelogue. . . . [Time] to roll out the barrel and uncork the champagne: with this book, the lowly squeezebox has begun to get its cultural due."--Maclean's

"Solid. . . . This book holds plenty of interest for those who love accordion music."--Kirkus Review

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