From: Joshua Horowitz
First, a short note to set the record straight: NO, accordions were never used to torture prisoners of war in the Gulag through the incessant repetition of "We're off to see the Wizard." So, to the best of my knowledge your sources on that are flawed, John.
Do you know why the great klezmer and classical accordionist, Grigori Matusevitch did not want his music to be broadcast on the radio in the early years of its existence?...
Because he did not want his music to be degraded, as many people listened to the radio in their bathroom.
Find out the most excruciating details of klezmer accordion history in this scathing and exhaustive article, written by Josh Horowitz and just released IN ENGLISH, in the mammoth issue of:
"The Accordion in all its guises - an issue of Musical Performance (Harwood Academic Press, imprint of Gordon and Breach Publishers, Taylor and Francis, UK)
MALCOLM MILLER was the man who did a most amazing job with an almost impossible and thankless task in front of him - to edit tomes of senseless drivel into an intelligible and eminently readable book on many aspects of the accordion. Kudos to Malcolm. All litigation should be directed to him as well. Thank you Malcolm!
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