TITLE: Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America
SPEAKER: Marion Jacobson
EVENT DATE: 07/12/2012
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 56 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
Polka, zydeco, and "Lady of Spain": If this is your idea of the only genres wherein the accordion flourishes, prepare to be enlightened by the history of this robust instrument's odyssey across the American musical landscape and its dramatic rise, fall, and rise again in 20th century popular culture.
Speaker Biography: Marion Jacobson is an ethnomusicologist, author, and educator who has written hundreds of reviews and features of live concerts and events of the major world music traditions from Indian ragas to Cajun/Zydeco for The Washington Post, Stereo Review, and dozens of music magazines and blogs. Jacobson earned her PhD in ethnomusicology from New York University in 2003, and has taught at NYU, SUNY New Paltz, and the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
SERIES: Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series