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

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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. 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 the accordion-infused pop parodies by "Weird Al" Yankovic, Jacobson considers the accordion's contradictory status as both an "outsider" instrument and as a major force in popular music in the twentieth century.
 
Drawing on interviews and archival investigations with instrument builders and retailers, artists and audiences, professionals and amateurs, Squeeze This! explores the piano accordion's role as an instrument of community identity and its varied musical and cultural environments. Jacobson concentrates on six key moments of transition: the Americanization of the piano accordion, originally produced and marketed by sales-savvy Italian immigrants; the transformation of the accordion in the 1920s from an exotic, expensive vaudeville instrument to a mass-marketable product; the emergence of the accordion craze in the 1930s and 1940s, when a highly organized "accordion industrial complex" cultivated a white, middle-class market; the peak of its popularity in the 1950s, exemplified by Lawrence Welk and Dick Contino; the instrument's marginalization in the 1960s and a brief, ill-fated effort to promote the accordion to teen rock 'n' roll musicians; and the revival beginning in the 1980s of the accordion as a "world music instrument" and a key component for cabaret and burlesque revivals and pop groups such as alternative experimenters They Might Be Giants and polka rockers Brave Combo.
 
Loaded with dozens of images of gorgeous instruments and enthusiastic performers and fans, Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America represents the accordion in a wide range of popular and traditional musical styles, revealing the richness and diversity of accordion culture in America.

Review:

"Beginning with the accordion's invention in Austria in 1828, Jacobson, an accordionist in her own right, traces the instrument's impact on early 20th-century America during its vaudeville era and its recent revival over the past two decades. 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 like Guido Deiro, who was married to Mae West. Despite each chapter reading like a stand-alone academic paper, Jacobson, thanks to her straightforward prose and obvious passion for the accordion, does a good job of creating a coherent narrative that holds the work's various themes together and enlivens the more academic aspects. While this book, like the accordion, may not be for everyone, it certainly should be recognized as an achievement in musical and cultural research." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

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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.

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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.

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Loaded with images of gorgeous instruments, virtuoso performers, and rabid fans, Squeeze This! presents the untold story of America's rich accordion culture.

Synopsis:

 

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 America represents the accordion in a wide range of popular and traditional musical styles, revealing the richness and diversity of accordion culture in America.

About the Author

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Marion Jacobson holds a Ph.D. in music and ethnomusicology from New York University. An accordionist herself, she has performed with klezmer bands and accordion bands, and in old-timey jam sessions, but her favorite spot for gigs is the New York City subway.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252036750
Author:
Jacobson, Marion S.
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Author:
Jacobson, Marion
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Music-Books on Woodwinds and Brass
Subject:
Music-Folk and Ethnic
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
Folklore Studies in Multicultural World
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 color photographs, 34 black and white
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Beginning with the accordion's invention in Austria in 1828, Jacobson, an accordionist in her own right, traces the instrument's impact on early 20th-century America during its vaudeville era and its recent revival over the past two decades. 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 like Guido Deiro, who was married to Mae West. Despite each chapter reading like a stand-alone academic paper, Jacobson, thanks to her straightforward prose and obvious passion for the accordion, does a good job of creating a coherent narrative that holds the work's various themes together and enlivens the more academic aspects. While this book, like the accordion, may not be for everyone, it certainly should be recognized as an achievement in musical and cultural research." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

and#160;

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.

and#160;

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.

and#160;

Loaded with images of gorgeous instruments, virtuoso performers, and rabid fans, Squeeze This! presents the untold story of America's rich accordion culture.

"Synopsis" by ,

 

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 America represents the accordion in a wide range of popular and traditional musical styles, revealing the richness and diversity of accordion culture in America.

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