WBCN and the American Revolution

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WBCN and The American Revolution
Directed byBill Lichtenstein
Produced byBill Lichtenstein
CinematographyBoyd Estus
Rob Massey
Edited byBill Lichtenstein
Tim Meagher
LCMedia Productions
Lichtenstein Creative Media
Distributed byLichtenstein Creative Media
Release date
  • 9 March 2019 (2019-03-09) (United States)
Running time
120 minutes
CountryUnited States

WBCN and The American Revolution is a feature-length documentary film[1] that chronicles progressive rock radio station WBCN-FM in Boston, during the years 1968 to 1974, through the original sights, sounds and stories, and examines the station's role in both covering and promoting the dramatic social, political and cultural changes that took place during that era. The film was produced and directed by Bill Lichtenstein with the Peabody Award-winning Lichtenstein Creative Media.[2][3]

The film's use of crowdsourcing to collect archival material for its production and to raise the funds necessary to produce it has been called "A revolution in documentary filmmaking" by the American University Center for Social Media.[4][5] In order to produce the film, tens of thousands of individual archival items, including photographs, audio recordings, film, video and memorabilia, were shared with the producers by members of the public. A collection of these items has been established at University of Massachusetts Amherst.[6]


  1. ^ "WBCN and the American Revolution" The Huffington Post, August 11, 2009
  2. ^ "The Glory Days of WBCN," Boston Globe (op-ed), July 18, 2009
  3. ^ "Film revives spirit of rebellious Boston radio". Retrieved 2015-07-30.
  4. ^ "The American Revolution: A conversation with filmmaker, Bill Lichtenstein". Center for Media & Social Impact. Retrieved 2015-07-30.
  5. ^ "When WBCN changed the world". www.bostonherald.com. Retrieved 2015-07-30.
  6. ^ http://www.library.umass.edu/news/announcements/american-revolution-documentary-archive/ "American Revolution Documentary Archive "

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