Film Screening: WBCN and The American Revolution

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Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm

WSLR is making the award-winning documentary film “WBCN and the American Revolution” available for online viewing until January 26. The landmark film about the early days of the legendary, underground Boston radio station WBCN is being screened as part of a nationwide campaign to support and highlight the critical work of community radio and arts groups during the pandemic. Directed by Peabody Award-winner Bill Lichtenstein, the documentary tells the incredible, true story of how a radio station, politics, and rock and roll changed everything. If you register to screen the film, you will also be invited to attend a free virtual Q&A with the director on Tuesday, January 26 at 7pm.

The film includes first-person accounts from the station’s staff, as well as newly filmed and archival material that features leading political, social, cultural and musical figures of the day, who crossed paths with the radio station. They include Noam Chomsky, Abbie Hoffman, Jane Fonda, Lou Reed, Jerry Garcia, Bruce Springsteen, in his first radio interview, and Patti Smith, performing with her band in her first live radio broadcast.

We hope the film will spark a discussion on how community radio can play a part in social change and open our minds to new ways to engage with our listeners. The film is available here

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