Squeeze This! is the first history of the piano accordion and the first book-length study of the accordion as a uniquely American musical and cultural phenomenon. Drawing on interviews and archival investigations with instrument builders and retailers, artists and audiences, professionals and amateurs, Squeeze This! explores the piano accordion’s role as an instrument of community identity and its varied musical and cultural environments. An accordionist herself, author Marion Jacobson has performed with klezmer bands and and accordion bands and holds a Ph.D. in music and ethnomusicology from New York University.