BY RONALD FLYNN, EDWIN DAVISON, AND
How Did This Book Come
- After writing a book
entitled Some Thoughts About the Accordion in San Francisco, Ronald Flynn was urged
by friends to write another book about the accordion which would extend beyond the San
Francisco area and cover historical information about the accordion and artists in other
parts of the United States.
- To achieve this goal, Ron
Flynn collaborated with two of his friends, Edwin Davison and Edward (Eddie) Chavez, who
both had a strong interest in preserving accordion history. Working together, they
completed extensive research over a 3-year period, creating a significant update of the
earlier book. This revised edition was published in 1990 under
the title, The Golden Age of the Accordion -- a title which aptly describes the
- Another revision was
published in 1992, shortly before Ron Flynn's death in September 1993. This Third Edition
is now in its second printing. Ron Flynn was proud to complete this new edition before he
became ill, as it was his life-long desire to perpetuate the role of the accordion.
What Does This Book Cover?
- An historical work covering
the early days of U.S. accordion history from the 1900's through the 1950's -- a
period that has come to be known as the "Golden Age" of the accordion. The
biographies and autobiographies of key accordion pioneers vividly portray their lives and
the exciting times during this era of U.S. history.
- Illustrated with hundreds of
rare photographs, this expanded work is a compendium of resource material from various
sources which covers a broad spectrum of accordion history. Also included are pictorial
and written histories of representative accordion manufacturers, schools, and service
centers -- past and present.
- This work is the only
reference still in print (of its type and scope) on the accordion and artists who lived
during this early period of U.S. history.
Changes and New Features
in the Third Edition of This Book
- A contribution by Toni
Charuhas Meekins, author of The Accordion, published in the early 1950's, and now
out of print. This reprint (by permission) of a portion of her book traces the
historical roots of the accordion back to the 19th Century in Europe and to an ancient
reed instrument, the Cheng, in China around 1100 B.C.
- An autobiographical account
by Robert Davine, Professor of Accordion and Music Theory at
the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. His concise life story portrays his
personal artistry and international reputation, as well as his contributions as an
educator in training talented music students who went on to establish their own successful
- Over 150 new additional
photographs, including the entire Album of Stars, a promotional booklet published
in 1951 by the Excelsior Accordion Company, depicting notable artists from that period and
- Comprehensive index added to
assist in cross-referencing people, places, and events, including a separate index of
- Text reformatted in double
column format and printed on laser printer.
- Soft-cover edition printed
on linen-finish paper with gold foil overlay and laminated to provide greater durability
and extended life.
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