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Red Sox Legend Bill Lee and Boston Symphony Radio Host Ron Della Chiesa are in.  Are you? 


Bid now to win a round of golf for you and two of your friends with Red Sox pitching legend Bill Lee at Granite Links in Quincy, MA, or be the guests of Boston Symphony Orchestra radio host Ron Della Chiesa at a BSO Tanglewood concert and tour the broadcast booth -- and help us complete "The American Revolution" documentary on the early days of WBCN for release in March 2018.  

Who ever heard of a radio station with women on the air?  

The American Revolution, the incredible, true story of how a radio station, politics and rock and roll changed everything, is coming March 2018.


The American Revolution is the new documentary film that tells the incredible, true story of the early days of underground radio station WBCN-FM. 

The film shows viewers how, in the late 1960s and early 70s, media, politics and rock and roll converged to drive an unpopular president from office, end a war, and fueled the era's other great social, political and cultural changes.

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The American Revolution couldn't be more relevant or timely today both to those who lived through the era, and to a new generation of young people who seek to use media to make positive social changes in their world.

And with recent events, the film's look at the importance of a free press, and free speech and expression, is all the more critical.

Your help is urgently needed to complete the interviews and editing of this non-profit production for its release in March 2018 for WBCN's 50th Anniversary. 

And for a limited time, all donations are doubled thanks to a dollar for dollar match by a generous donor! 

Listen to the Sounds of The American Revolution 

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Listen-in to the sounds of the early days of WBCN, when the underground station, politics and rock and roll changed radio - and the world. 

Click here to listen now:

Hear the music, news reports, ads, rare live musical broadcasts, station ID's, interviews, zaniness, and more, as broadcast from WBCN's launch in 1968 and over the next seven years that has been shared for the documentary. More will continue to be added as we complete the production.  

If you have audio tapes or other material from the station's early days or from the era to share for the project, or a suggestion for a 'BCN classic tune(s) to add, please click here to let us know

And click here to visit the growing online The American Revolution archive collection at UMass Amherst.  

A non-profit, educational project of Lichtenstein Creative Media in collaboration with UMass Amherst Special Collections and University Archives; Center for Independent Documentary; and Airtime; with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society; SoundExchange; WilmerHale; and Mass Productions. 

Help us complete The American Revolution, the first crowd-sourced documentary film.  

Thanks to our incredible supporters, we have gathered hundreds of hours of rare radio broadcasts from the early days of the legendary radio station, as well as tens of thousands of photos, images and film from the era.

As we work to finish the film for its March 2018 release, there are still some archives for which we're searching. If you have any of these that you would be willing to share for use in the film, please contact us by clicking here.

  • Film or photos of Patti Smith at the Jazz Workshop. 
  • Film or photos of Bruce Springsteen at the Harvard Square Theatre or other Boston performances. 
  • Tapes of any WBCN broadcasts; or home movies or photos from WBCN offices, studios or events from 1968 - 1975.  
  • Any home movies or photos from the Boston Tea Party particularly featuring the Velvet Underground, the Who, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, J. Geils Band, Hallucinations or major blues artists (B.B. King; Albert King, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, or others.)
  • Cambridge Common concerts.
  • Any home movies or photos of Boston/Cambridge area counter-culture, music, or political activities, protests or demonstrations
  • Grateful Dead (especially at MIT the week of the Kent State shootings performing outdoors or at Dupont Gym.)
  • Student strike activities and protests. 
  • Hemenway Street riots. 
  • Allman  Brothers (especially on the Cambridge Common or at the Boston Tea Party)
  • Photos or films of live WBCN broadcasts from Paul’s Mall or the Jazz Workshop, particularly Bob Marley and the Wailers, Randy Newman, Patti Smith, Taj Mahal, or Little Feat
  • Photos or home movies of Harvard Square (during 1967 - 1975) particularly the streets and stores (Paperback Booksmith; Krackerjacks; Truc; George's Folly; Zecropia).

Who ever heard of a radio station playing albums?

The American Revolution, the incredible, true story of how a radio station, politics, and rock and roll changed everything, is coming March 2018.

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We changed the world one time. And we can do it again. But not without your help!

This landmark documentary film will be an important reminder for those who lived through the era, and a timely lesson for young people today, about how radical change is possible, and how change is made.

Please make your tax-deductible contribution now to this non-profit production and help us complete the film to tell this timely and critical story. 

The American Revolution is a non-profit production being produced in association with the Center for Independent Documentary its 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.  (c) 2017 Lichtenstein Creative Media.  All rights reserved.  
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