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Accordion Revolution: A People's History of the Accordion in North America

Wednesday, June 26, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evangeline Mee
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Uncover the hidden history of the Accordion in North America: from the Industrial Revolution to the Rock and Roll upheaval of the 1960's in this new book by Bruce Triggs.

Before the dawn of rock ’n’ roll, the accordion ranked among North America’s most popular instruments. Arriving in the arms of immigrants, nearly every ethnicity on the continent played the squeezebox: Irish, Scottish, French, German, Eastern European, Latino, Jewish. The instrument packed barn dances, jazz clubs, and recital halls, and was heard in norteño groups on the Mexican frontier; Creole string bands in New Orleans, and Inuit square dances above the Arctic Circle. Portable, cheap, and loud, accordions became the soundtrack for modernity as the music industry exploited them on records, radio, film, and television.

Millions of people played accordions until a disastrous combination of economics, demographics, and electronic instruments nearly erased them from mainstream culture. Emerging from exile with a new generation of followers, this book invites beginner or seasoned accordionists and music fans in general to rediscover a forgotten legion of little-known artists. With an eye for colorful characters and a sharp sense of humor, accordion historian Bruce Triggs uncovers the hidden back-story of the squeezebox in everyone’s closet. Accordion Revolution is about more than an instrument: it’s a living, breathing restoration of the squeezebox to its rightful place at the roots of North America’s popular music.

 The Accordion Revolution book is available for pre-order on Amazon.com, Powells.com, and IndieBound.org with more outlets appearing every day.

For more information, including an upcoming book release party, click here. 

 

 

 

 



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