Accordion joke #2: What's the difference between a Don Cherry and an accordion? One is loud, obnoxious, screechy and moves people to violence. The other is an ex-NHL coach.
Accordion joke #3: What was Alan Cross' first instru--. Wait, that's not a joke. It's true.
Because I have a personal history with the ol' squeezebox (Purists: I had a three-reed 120-bass Titano), I perhaps have more sympathy for Walter Kuehr than the average person.
Walter not only conducts the Main Squeeze Orchestra (how he found fourteen women to be in his band is a mystery) but included in a book called Squeeze This: A Cultural History of the Accordion in America by Marion Jacobson, a former student of Walter's.
I don't know who's the bigger optimist: Marion or the publisher who decided that this book was a good idea.