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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.

The companion book for the film will be available from the MIT Press on November 23. Click here to order now!


“A fascinating journey back in time when music and radio were at the center of a movement, and an inspiration for what media can be today. WBCN holds a special place in history.” — Jon Abbott, President and CEO, WGBH

“A team of young heroes, women and men, black and white, straight and gay, passionate, fearless and revolutionary, broadcast the music and ideas that shaped how every college kid thought, felt, and acted for the rest of our lives.” — Rob Barnett, former president, CBS radio programming; author of Next Job, Best Job

“As a budding broadcaster at powerhouse WBZ-AM in the early 1970s I fell for WBCN and told my boss, who said: ‘FM? It’ll never last.’ He was right in that there will never be another WBCN.” — Robin Young, host of Here and Now (NPR)

“Living in Boston in those years, and deeply immersed in activism, it was impossible to miss the crucial role of WBCN in creating an engaged activist community, and, not least, providing indispensable information and analysis.” — Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor, MIT; Laureate Professor and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair, University of Arizona

“I watched the movie with awe . . ." -- Ty Burr, Boston Sunday Globe

“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

Latest WBCN and The American Revolution news


Honors continue for film festival hit and book on how a radio station defined politics, counterculture and rock and roll.

"WBCN and the American Revolution: How a Radio Station Defined Politics, Counterculture, and Rock...

Companion book to the award-winning documentary film "WBCN and The American Revolution" coming November 23.


PBS broadcast of film festival hit and publication of companion book tell the story of how a radio station defined politics, counterculture and rock and roll.

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