Accordion Revolution: A People's History of the Accordion in North America from the Industrial Revolution to Rock and Roll

June 28, 2019|
Accordion Revolution: A People's History of the Accordion in North America from the Industrial Revolution to Rock and Roll by Bruce Triggs
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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.

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Bruce Triggs hosts the Accordion Noir radio program and co-founded the annual Accordion Noir Festival (now in its eleventh year). He plays a Giuliette chromatic button accordion, built to last in the 1960s.
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Title:Accordion Revolution: A People's History of the Accordion in North America from the Industrial Revolution to Rock and Roll
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:434 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.97 in
Shipping dimensions:434 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.97 in
Published:June 28, 2019
Publisher:Bruce Triggs
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781999067700

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