Main Squeeze: Accordion History

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The Far Side cartoonist Gary Larson once captioned a drawing: “Welcome to Hell. Here’s your accordion.” The squeezebox just can’t get any love – or so it seems. Ethnomusicologist Marion Jacobson joins us to talk about her new book, called “Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America,” which covers the instrument’s dramatic highs and lows throughout the 20th century. Plus, One Ring Zero co-founder Joshua Camp stops by to talk about his own experience as a frontman with an accordion.

Watch accordionist Myron Floren of the Lawrence Welk Show as he shows off his boogie woogie skills.