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WBCN and the American Revolution + James Montgomery Band w/ Jon Butcher, Grace Kelly & Uptown Horns

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Saturday, January 18
7:00 pm
Doors Open:
1/18/20 6:00 pm
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The Cabot
286 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915 United States

WBCN and The American Revolution is coming to Beverly. The award-winning crowd-pleaser, which vividly profiles the Boston rock station that became a legendary force throughout the Northeast in the late 60s and early 70s, will screen at the Cabot Theatre, 286 Cabot Street, Beverly, on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7 p.m.  

The screening will be followed by a performance from the James Montgomery Band with special guests Jon Butcher, Grace Kelly, and the renowned Uptown Horns, who have performed with rock legends James Brown, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, J. Geils Band, Bonnie Raitt, and the Rolling Stones.

“From its sneak preview screening at Cinequest in California to the DC Independent Film Festival, where it was named ‘Best Documentary,’ to IFF Boston, where it sold out a 900-seat screening, audiences across the country have been engaged, inspired, and invigorated by this film,” says Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Bill Lichtenstein, who began working at WBCN at the age of 14 in 1970. “I’m very pleased that WBCN and The American Revolution will screen at the historic Cabot Theatre, and thrilled that friend-of-‘BCN James Montgomery, who appears in the film, will cap the night with a performance.” 

A high-energy feature-length documentary, WBCN and The American Revolution follows a compelling cast of characters as their lives connect and intersect during the rise of the legendary radio station that became both a player in and a platform for the explosive rock ‘n roll counterculture, passionate anti-war movement, and burgeoning civil rights, women’s rights, and gay rights movements.

The dramatic and compelling stories in WBCN and The American Revolution are interwoven with the original sights and sounds of the critical events of the late 1960s and early 1970s, thanks to more than 100,000 audio and visual items, many of which were donated to the project by members of the WBCN community and the station’s many listeners and fans, including never before exhibited film shot by Andy Warhol and cinema vérité pioneer Ricky Leacock, images from notable photographers including the late Peter Simon, brother of singer Carly Simon, and Jeff Albertson, as well as aircheck audio from memorable on-air, in-studio moments. 

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

As an off-shoot of the film’s massive research efforts, a permanent archive of materials related to WBCN and the political and cultural events of the era has been established at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, including the life’s work of photographers Peter Simon and Jeff Albertson (Bit.Ly/WBCNarchives) and a 24/7 streaming audio feed of broadcast material and music from the era can be heard at: http://amrev.airtime.pro

Filmmaker Bill Lichtenstein began working at the station first as a volunteer on the station’s Listener Line and later as a newscaster and announcer with his own program. His last film, West 47th Street, won the Special Jury Award for Documentary Film at the 2001 Atlanta Film Festival; Audience Award for Best Long Form Documentary at the 2002 DC Independent Film Festival; and Honorable Mention at the 2002 Woodstock Film Festival. It aired on PBS’s P.O.V. and was called “must see” by Newsweek and “remarkable” by the Washington Post

A portion of all proceeds from this non-profit production will benefit a scholarship in the name of Fred Taylor at the Berklee College of Music and a scholarship for documentary film students in the name of Danny Schechter at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.