The incredible, true story of how a radio station, politics,
and rock and roll changed everything.
The amazing, untold story of the radical underground radio station WBCN-FM, set against the dazzling and profound social, political, and cultural changes that took place in Boston and nationally during the late-1960s and early-70s. Told through the actual sights, sounds, and stories of a compelling cast of characters who connected through the radio station, exploding music and countercultural scenes, militant anti-war activism, civil rights struggles, and the emerging women’s and LGBTQ-liberation movements.
It's "the incredible, true story of how a radio station, politics, and rock ‘n’ roll changed everything."
Directed by Peabody Award-winner Bill Lichtenstein who began working at WBCN at age 14 in 1970.
“I watched the movie with awe . . ." -- Ty Burr, Boston Sunday Globe
“A fascinating doc . . . Timely as all hell.” — Jared Rasic, Source Weekly, Bend, Oregon
“Often raucous and merry . . . a loving profile.” — Tom Meek, Cambridge Day
“Captures the station’s rollicking spirit and free-form style,“ — Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"Demonstrates how a rock radio station built a powerful community with its listeners and helped redirect the course of American history during the tumultuous 1960’s."
-- National Federation of Community Broadcasters
"Cements the radio station’s place in music history.” -– Jim Sullivan, WBUR, Boston
“Stunning…” — Chris Faraone, Dig Boston
“It’s been killing on the festival circuit….” — Alene Bouranova, Boston Magazine
“Before commercialism, consultants, and greed sucked the soul out of original free-form underground rock radio, a small band of young heroes, women and men, black and white, straight and gay, passionate, political, funny as fuck, fearless and revolutionary, used the airwaves to expose the music and the ideas that shaped how every college kid thought, felt and acted for the rest of our lives.” -- Rob Barnett, former CBS Radio President of Programming, and VH1 VP of Programming
Scheduled theatrical screenings of "WBCN and The American Revolution" have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead, you can screen the film online now for a three-day rental.
Ron Della Chiesa
Produced and Directed by:
Director of Photography:
Original Film Material by:
Kent Beyda, Mark Winer and WK Maxwell
Steven C. Borack
Chris Kelly, Fifth House Public Relations
Center for Media & Social Impact, American University, Patricia Aufderheide
American University Washington College of Law, Peter Jaszi, Esq.
Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Christopher T. Bavitz, Esq.
Jay Fialkov, Esq.
WilmerHale, Jerry Marr, Esq.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Sula R. Fiszman, Esq., David Johanson, Esq., Lawrence T. Stanley, Jr., Esq., Peter G. Byrne, Esq.
Board of Advisors:
Produced by Lichtenstein Creative Media and LCMedia Productions, Inc. in association with the Center for Independent Documentary and UMass Special Collections and University Archives
(c) 2020 LCMedia Productions, Inc.
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