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The Golden Age of the Accordion - the table of contents is included here to show the voluminous information about accordion history in the United States, with information about many of the important contributors, performers, teachers.  The book can be ordered from a number of suppliers including:
           Flynn Publications
           Petosa

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE ACCORDION

TABLE OF CONTENTS: Page No.
Dedication
Photo of Pietro Deiro, Vince Cirelli, and Ron Flynn
Photo of Charles Magnante and Ron Flynn              
Collage of Ron Flynn’s Accordions and Photographs           
Table of Contents 
Index of Photographs             
Acknowledgments             
About the Authors     
How This Book Came About           
A Beginning Word About the Information in this Book
Foreword:  By Dr. Willard A. (Bill) Palmer, Senior Editor,
        Alfred Music Co.
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PART I:  GOLDEN AGE OF THE ACCORDION IN SAN FRANCISCO
PROLOGUE           
San Francisco -- The Early Beginnings    
Some Afterthoughts    
Biaggio Quattrociocche:  Early Accordion Music Publisher
     and John Barsuglia:  Early Accordion Teacher
     (By Ron Flynn)       
Pictorial History:  Guerrini Accordion Company        
Pictorial History:  Colombo & Sons Accordion Company     
Pictorial History:  Standard Accordion Company    
Appendix           
Bibliography 
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PART IIGOLDEN AGE OF THE ACCORDION IN CHICAGO AND  THE MIDWEST
Some Thoughts About the Accordion History of Chicago
      (By Manny Quartucci) 
Biographical Sketch of Manny Quartucci (By Edwin Davison)
The Fantastic Art of Art Van Damme (By Ron Flynn) 
Special Tribute to the Remarkable Leo Sash (By Ron Flynn) 
Alice Hall – Queen of Accordion Jazz
     (By Jim Mihelic and Edwin Davison)
Mort Herold – Renowned Chicago Accordion Virtuoso
     (By Eddie Chavez)
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PART IIIGOLDEN AGE OF THE ACCORDION IN NEW YORK AND THE NORTHEAST

Personal Reflections on Pietro Frosini (By Marcello Roviaro)Remembering My Father, Guido Deiro
    (By Count Robert Deiro)
My Life and Career (By Charles Nunzio)  
My Life and Career with the Accordion (By Frank Umbriaco) Through the Years – My Live in Music (By Frank Gaviani) An Interview with John Reuther (By Ron Flynn)
A Memorial Tribute to John Reuther (By Edward Chavez)
Comments on the John Reuther Interview (By Bill Palmer)  Tribute in Memory of Bill Hughes (By Bill Palmer)  
The Life and Musical Works of Joe Biviano
      (By Edwin Davison)  
History is Made at Carnegie! (By Joe Biviano)  
Charles Magnante – The Man. The Artist We Loved
      –A Multiple Tribute By His Friends (By Ron Flynn)  

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PART IVGOLDEN AGE OF THE ACCORDION
IN OTHER MAJOR AREAS
OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA

Maestro Anthony Galla-Rini – Accordion Pioneer, Teacher,
     and Concert Artist (By Bill Palmer)
My Early Life and Personal Recollections of the Champagne
      Days of the Accordion (By Myron Floren)  
Frank Yankovic – America’s Polka King (By John Buday)
Dick Contino – The “Rudolph Valentino” of the Accordion
      (By Edwin Davison)
John Molinari – Acclaimed San Francisco Accordionist
     (By Diva Molinari and Tony Rozance) 
Arthur Metzler – His Life and Love for the Accordion
     (By Edwin Davison) 
My Concert Tours to Russia and Saskatchewan
     (By Leo Aquino) 
My Career and University Program of Accordion and Music
     Instruction (By Joan Cochran Sommers)
Personal Reflections About My Career with the Accordion
      (By Robert Davine) 
Early Twentieth Century Accordion Notes (By Sylvia Prior)
The Accordion (By Toni Charuhas)
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PART V:  ACCORDION MANUFACTURERS AND
ACCORDION REPAIR IN THE UNITED STATES

Joe Petosa – The Man and Legacy Behind Petosa
      Accordions (By Edwin Davison)   
Giulietti Accordion Corporation:  Yesterday and Today
      (By Jack Kenley) 
Colombo & Sons – San Francisco’s Premier Accordion
      Company (By Edwin Davison)
The Iorio Family – Early Organ and Accordion
      Manufacturer (By Edwin Davison) 
Deffner Legacy – Ernest Deffner, Inc., Pancordion, Inc.,
     and Titano Accordion Company
     (By Dr. Salvatore Febbraio)
The Gabbanelli Story:  The History of Gabbanelli Accordions
     (By Julius V. Tupa)
Joe Spano – In Search of Perfection:  Teacher,
     Musician, and Accordion Designer
     (By Ellen and Cassie Conolly and Diane Schmidt)
John Buday – Cleveland’s Accordionist “Extraordinaire”
     (By Edwin Davison)   
Accordion-O-Rama – A Shopper’s Accordion World
     (By Edwin Davidson)
My Life and Thoughts About the World of Accordion
     Repair (By Emil Baldoni)

Index
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General Information - about many topics, including care and handling, pointers about purchasing new and used accordion, repair, tuning, shipping, adjusting straps, .............. :
  (you can spend hours at these links getting background information)
     
http://www.klezmusic.com/sbx-info/guide.html
      http://1accordion.net/

Accordion Facts: http://www.fbc-accordion-club.org/accordion_facts.htm

 

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