On May 17, 2012, the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC will host a launch party for Marion Jacobson’s new book Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America. Dr. Jacobson recently appeared on WNYC’s Soundcheck and Sirius XM’s The Bob Edwards Show (April 12), and early reviews have been excellent.
The Wall Street Journal: “Wunnerful, wunnerful. . . . A delightful and illuminating surprise.”
Booklist: “A fascinating cultural history of the most underestimated of instruments.”
Publishers Weekly: “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.”
Kirkus Reviews: “Solid. . . . This book holds plenty of interest for those who love accordion music.”
Shelf Awareness: “A serious work of musical and cultural history.”
Library Journal: “An illuminating and occasionally whimsical account, in keeping with the instrument itself.”
May 17, 2012
Bowery Poetry Club
(Between Houston and Bleecker)
New York, NY
Music and author book signing. Emceed by Guy Klucevsek with jazz and swing music by Dallas Vietty’s Musette Project. No cover.
The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance. The book was funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.