A Cultural History of the Accordion in America
By Marion S. Jacobson
University of Illinois Press, Hardcover, 9780252036750, 256pp.
Publication Date: February 2012
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"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"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 illuminating and occasionally whimsical account, in keeping with the instrument itself."--Library Journal
"Solid. . . . This book holds plenty of interest for those who love accordion music."--Kirkus Reviews