Author (and former Tacoman) Bruce Triggs will talk about his new book Accordion Revolution: A People's History of the Accordion in North America from the Industrial Revolution to Rock and Roll. With an eye for colorful characters and a sharp sense of humor, accordion historian Bruce Triggs uncovers the hidden backstory of the squeezebox in everyone's closet. Accordion Revolution is about more than an instrument: it's a restoration of the squeezebox to its rightful place at the roots of North America's popular music.
Bruce Triggs spent ten years living with the homeless at the radical Catholic Worker community in Tacoma, WA. While there he broke his first squeeze-box at the 1999 WTO demonstrations in Seattle. For over a decade he has hosted the Accordion Noir radio program in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was in on the ground floor at the annual Accordion Noir Festival. After meeting many fabulous accordion players, Bruce decided to write about the instrument rather than learn to play it. He now lives alone in a bachelor pad surrounded by broken accordions. (These things may be related.) Amidst all this he has co-parented delightful and talented twins with their queer moms, an extended family, and their cranky rescue cat.