One Less Guitar: A Film about Accordion Noir
Hyperbole! Simplification! Presumptuousness! Amusement!
And, you get to see what we look like too.
Did I really say, “The coolest accordion show on the planet”? Wow, that’s a lot to live up to. I’d be happy to be wrong, then our job will be done.
A comment I want to add is about the photo of the blackface minstrel concertina player (:42), which doesn’t represent the “accordion boom” period I was talking about (the 1930s-60s). I think blackface is very important and powerful history and not to be avoided. I’m writing about it for a significant part of my book project now. To me though, it’s too important to include it without commentary.
Blackface isn’t a novelty, it was the first popular form of American musical entertainment, and it was the foundation of today’s music industry. Those pictures were taken during the time (ca. 1870-1880) when black men were regularly lynched as a form of terrorism against African Americans. Sometimes the lynchings themselves were treated like entertainment events. Picnic lunches, concessions sold, postcard-pictures taken for souvenirs, people gathering together and murdering black men. The distortions of blackface hint at the prejudice that allowed that violence, and I feel a responsibility to show that history, how slavery-level violence didn’t end, and how the culture of minstrelsy is a mirror that continues to reflect on our own culture today. I’m uncomfortable with using those images without including that context.
This is quite a fun short picture of us. I like the editing very much – clever stuff in there.
I’m glad they used our friend Andy Fielding‘s Accordion Noir Theme for the soundtrack. That’s a nice touch. All around, pretty darn swell.
Thanks to Ryan, Darcy, Shaun and Kevin!
There’s another fun one about our radio station, C0-op Radio too. Nifty: