An invention of the Industrial Revolution, the accordion provided the less affluent with an inexpensive, portable, durable "one-man-orchestra." This rich collection considers the accordion and its myriad forms, from the concertina, button accordion, and piano accordion familar in European and North America music to the exotic-sounding South American bandoneon and the sanfoninha. Capturing the instrument's spread and adaptation to many different cultures, contributors illuminate how the accordion factored into power struggles over asthetic values between elites and working-class people. Specific areas discussed include Brazil, Argentine tango, Colombia, cross-border between Mexico and Texas, Cajun & Creole, more. Scholarly, but fascinating. 335 pp.