September 11th, 2015
About Marion Jacobson:
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.
About Squeeze This!:
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.
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. 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.