Accordion Revolution: Book by Bruce Triggs (signed and personally-stamped, with bonus ebook, 2019)

Accordion Revolution: Book by Bruce Triggs (signed and personally-stamped, with bonus ebook, 2019)

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Accordion Revolution is the squeezebox remix of music history. Discover how the “Beer Barrel Polka” saved the record industry during the Great Depression. The highest paid instrumentalist in show-biz played accordion and secretly married sex-symbol Mae West. And a psychedelic accordion band almost played Woodstock.

With an eye for colorful characters and a sharp sense of humor, accordion historian Bruce Triggs explores pop music with the squeezebox as tour guide. Musicians by the millions played accordions before the rise of rock and roll. Arriving in the arms of immigrants, they were heard in Mexican border cantinas and Inuit square dances above the Arctic Circle. Black Americans called them “wind jammers” before the rise of blues guitar, and the Accordiana Dance Band was there at the birth of jazz. Later, squeezeboxes saddled-up in hundreds of hit-making country and western bands.

Always more than a foolish stereotype of bubbles and lederhosen. New generations have picked up the instrument, but with few connections to its back-story. Accordion Revolution is a living, breathing restoration of the squeezebox to its rightful place at the roots of popular music in North America.

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Paperback,
6 x 9 in, 440 pgs.
58 historic illustrations
(English)

Cover by Vancouver artist: Michelle Clement

June 2019

Demian & Sons Publications (That's an accordion in-joke. See pg. 16.)
Print: 978-1-9990677-0-0
Ebook: 978-1-9990677-1-7 (See below for your free eBook.)
List Price: $20 US, $25 CAN

AccordionRevolution.com

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Modern Accordion Rock Stars on Accordion Revolution!

"A rollicking journey that enhances the joy of the instrument I hold in my arms every night!”
— Jenny Conlee, The Decemberists

“Bruce Triggs gives the accordion the scholarship it deserves, demonstrating its overlooked, yet important impact on our music history.”
— Krist Novoselić, Giants in the Trees, Nirvana

“Given the general, pretty much universal level of mockery of the accordion, this a book that I never thought I’d see written. Well done.”
— James Fearnley, The Pogues

“Accordion Revolution is an inspirational guide to the accordion’s deep and shadowy past.”
— Skyler Fell, Accordion Apocalypse Repair Shop

“A worthy redemption for an instrument that has always been far more beautiful and complicated than its reputation might have you believe.”
— Brooke Binkowski, Accordionist / Award-Winning Media Fact-Checker

“I give it five out of five bellows-shakes.”
— Renee de la Prade, Producer, Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar

“I’ve played accordion in 17 countries, and if there’s anybody who knows more about accordions and their history than Bruce, I’ve never met them.”
—Geoff Berner, novelist, singer, songwriter and klezmer punk accordionist.

“Triggs is the closest I've known to a human encyclopedia of all things accordion. He's been slaving on this book for as long as I've known him, and I'm very excited to see it's finally coming into existence.”
—Jason Webley, songwriter, vagabond, cult leader, eater of artichokes.

“The most extensive research into accordion music across all genres that I know of. Triggs has painstakingly unearthed details but made it accessible to everyone. If you love music, check this out.”
—Alex Meixner, polka’s ambassador for the new millennium, “Happiness is a Choice.”



== E-READER BONUS! ==

Buying the book here and having me ship it costs a bit extra (my illegible due-to-hand-tremor signature is hardly a bonus) so...

Buyers of the physical book here on Etsy can request a complimentary copy of the Accordion Revolution eBook. (It is in the common ePub format, which sadly Amazon won't let work on many kindles. Also sadly, Amazon won't let me give away free Kindle copies.)

So I don't forget, feel free to add a comment under "Request Custom Order" as you order to remind me to send your copy. (If this doesn't work, contact me here or at the various @AccordionBruce social medias.)

Then, while I prepare to mail your book I'll send you a code to download the eBook from Smashwords (my digital distributor):
You'll need to set up a free Smashwords account with an email, then you can download your bonus eBook copy.

Or if you'd like to purchase a copy directly for instant gratification (or to give to friends, or request that your local library carry it), the eBook is available for sale separately here:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/949223

Much appreciation!

Bruce

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fosmic Jun 23, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

great gift! excited to see Beer Barrel Polka mentioned!

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Frederick Mar 22, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

One of the most complete surveys available; and imminently readable. Well researched. Personalities I knew before came to life again, with new knowledge. Needs to be in the library of every Player. Came in a reasonable time after order, and in excellent condition, even after having been opened by US Customs.

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Sam Tumminello Apr 4, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

This book is an incredibly engaging read. Mr.Triggs has done very in depth research that he delivers with thoughtful and fun narrative. Though I absolutely love to play and have a lot of passion for my instrument, I look at my accordion with a certain reverence now. This is a “must read” for accordionists playing any genre, as well those just discovering the instrument.

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Nayely Perez-Huerta Nov 28, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

I bought this book for my nephew who plays the accordion and he loved it. Particularly the section about the introduction of accoroon in the US-MX border.

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