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Accordion Revolution: A People’s History of the Accordion in North America

June 20, 2019

This announcement just went out as the first use of my Accordion Revolution email list. You probably got asked to join it when you arrived on this page. But I’ll repost here:

Book Cover:
[Author:] Bruce Triggs
[Title:] Accordion Revolution: A People's History of the Accordion in North American from the Industrial Revolution to Rock and Roll

Image of light brown skinned woman with long dark hair blowing in the wind, playing a red accordion with "Rosie" on it.

She looks fierce.

New Book by Accordion Noir Radio Host Bruce Triggs


6 x 9 in, 440 pgs.

58 historic illustrations

(in English)

List Price: $20 US, $25 CAN

ISBN Print: 978-1-9990677-0-0

Ebook (soon): 978-1-9990677-1-7

Years in the making, my book Accordion Revolution: A People’s History of the Accordion in North America has arrived! You’ve heard me talk about these characters on Accordion Noir Radio, via twitter, email, blog, and all the way back to Myspace. Many of you joined me at the Accordion Noir Festival. Finally readers can explore the squeezebox stories I’ve gathered.

Thanks to your support and patience, readers will finally get to see if I’ve wasted the last ten years of my life, or if there’s value in retelling tales of our musical past. Following are details about the launch party on June 28, and ordering your own copies of the book.

I’m thrilled to share advance praise from notable accordionists at the end of this email.

Accordion love,


Banner: Image of the book, with text:
Accordion Revolution Book Launch:
June 28, 2019 7pm-9pm

The official Accordion Revolution launch party will be Friday, June 28, from 7-9 pm at Accordion Noir’s home base, CFRO Co-Op Radio (370 Columbia St.)

I’ll be signing books (with my flaming-hot custom accordion stamp). There’ll be prizes, multimedia readings, live music and accordion-ice-cream cake! The second hour of the launch will be broadcast and streamed from so international fans can attend from the comfort of their own time-zones.

Please RSVP (the Launch Party is free, but space is limited) at:

Wheelchair users can phone (604) 684-8494 upon arrival to access the station via the Hotel entrance around the corner at 101 East Hastings. On the night of the event we will also have volunteers at the 370 Columbia entrance who can access the Hotel door. (Issues, call Bruce at: 604-782-7245.)

Book Launch Volunteers Needed:

2 door-welcome folks
1 book table helper
1 Sociable Facilitator
1 Accordion Ice-Cream Cake Cutter
A few more musicians for a song.

Volunteers get real Accordion Revolution Medals like this:

Funny animated flaming heart behind a three-row button accordion

The Accordion Revolution book is available for pre-order, with more outlets appearing every day: (I recommend this Indie-Bookstore network based in the U.S.) (Hurray! It’d be awesome if it ended up at the Powell’s in the Portland airport.)

I’m hoping the UK’s will carry it soon.

Also: (Scandinavia) (Amazon affiliate in the UK and AU) (invading everywhere)

(more distributors to come)

Some readers have ordered it through their favorite bookshops. Please let me know if you have success or problems. I’ll be encouraging fans to request it at libraries in the coming months as well.

Advance Praise for 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, important impact on 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

Please add your voice and opinions here and on the various review sites you frequent.

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