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Support "The American Revolution," the new documentary film about how a radio station, politics and rock and roll changed everything.
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      Jeanne Kowalski (deleted) on August 30, 2015

      Has this project been completed yet? Do you know when DVDs will be sent out?

    2. Bill Lichtenstein Creator on November 29, 2014

      ​​Dear ​Tom Farmer/Brick Duck:

      I was sorry to read your posting (below). I called you ​​to ​discuss it, and ​to offer ​​​​you back your donation, as requested, but you refused it. ​ ​

      I hear and share your desire for the film to be completed, and we're working hard to do that (although, to be fair, we never said it would be done three years ago; we hadn't even held the Kickstarter campaign that launched the production phase back then.)

      This has been an ambitious and innovative effort, involving well over 1,000 people who have generously supported and/or shared their personal archives for the film. It has​ ​unfortunately​ taken longer than ​anticipated, and for that I apologize. ​

      We've also tried to stay in touch with everyone through updates ​by email and posted ​here, as well as regularly ​on the film's Facebook page at That includes news just this week that the film is in the newly-released PBS/public television pipeline for 2016, and we're working hard to raise completion funds to finish it for next year. ​ We even sent out a donor satisfaction survey to identity any issues from our supporters:

      That said, if we dropped the ball with you, or anyone else, in staying in touch about updates, donor rewards, or anything else, I apologize, as well. Simply put, if you or anyone has a question, including about our progress, donor rewards, how you can help (there's still lots to do) or anything else, please do email me at

      ​Since you brought up the issue of the funding raised, the $140,000 raised to date, including the $114,419 you mentioned from the Kickstarter campaign, of which​ ​approximately $90,000 wa​s ​​netted for the film after fees and expenses, has paid for the ​​eight years of work to date on the non-profit production, ​including for 25 sit-down interviews for a total of 80 hours of taped material, and for the acquiring, restoring and digitizing of 100,000 individual audio and visual items for use both in the film ​and for a permanent online ​archives being created and curated by UMass Amherst. ​This collection includes the original work of leading photographers from the time, and more than 200 hours of radio station broadcasts from the era including live musical performances that have been located, restored, and digitized. And we also threw a major live musical event with leading Boston performers at the House of Blues to thank our ​​donors​. The final budget,​ including post-production, will be close to $400,000, which is low for an archive-filled feature-length documentary film for national release.

      I hope I have addressed your questions and concerns. Thank you again for your support and ​continuing ​interest in this groundbreaking production. And again, please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns.

      - Bill Lichtenstein and The American Revolution Team

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      Brick Duck Communications on November 28, 2014

      I want my money back. There was supposed to be a movie about three years ago. As far as I'm concerned "The American Revolution" is another word for thievery. The last inquiring email I sent to Lichtenstein went unanswered. These people have some guts to embezzle $114k and produce nothing in return -- not even an explanation for the delay.

      The entire J.J. Abrams Star Wars sequel will be written, shot, posted, and released in less time than it has taken this organization to produce... nothing.

    4. Gary Canestrari on June 1, 2014

      The many backers of this project including myself would love to hear when this long overdue project will be complete.

    5. Bill Lichtenstein Creator on January 9, 2012

      One of our favorite comments that came in by email: "Watching the video brought back so many memories. Some, particularly were not pleasant. I was only in high school, but remember the National Guard in Harvard Sq. and the Boston police rushing down the stairs across from the State House. But the good...Grateful Dead, Blood,Sweat and Tears, Cream, Janis at Harvard Stadium....the long version of any good! I'm thrilled to support this project!" - Patricia

    6. Eileen Giddings on January 2, 2012

      Back in the day, everywhere I went, BCN was with me: beach, car, parties, at home, work, hanging out with friends, Hampton Beach, NH, Charles St., Boston. I loved the music, DJ's, and freedom of political views. Bam!! Was an important part of my life.
      Eileen Harrington Giddings

    7. Leda Naomi Andrews on December 20, 2011

      I'm thrilled that this project will be going forward and soo excited to see the finished project.I I'm also beyond humbled and honored that you chose the photos of me dancing for your Thank you video!!!

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      Mark Rheault on December 20, 2011

      I am so excited to see this project come to pass, I have been telling my kids for years you havn't heard the News until you have heard Danny Schechter pick the relevant songs to serve as backing tracks to his news broadcast. The Big Mattress was a staple of my teenage years and I am looking forward to seeing those moments come back to life. WBCN was my inspiration to become a DJ at WRUV while I was at the University of Vermont in the early 70's. WBCN was indeed The American Revolution. Thanks for doing this.

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      James on December 20, 2011

      WBCN is a legend and I'm thrilled to contribute! Can't wait to see the documentary.

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      Steve Nelson on December 19, 2011

      This is now the 12th highest-funded film/video project ever on Kickstarter, a tribute to WBCN, Bill Lichtenstein and all of us who joined the "Revolution".

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      Carol MacDonald on December 19, 2011

      1 hour to go!!! That's our LOVE for BCN....and I'm the one who noticed it made it OVER 104K first and posted it on Charles wall...and within 20 minutes BCN put it out there!! Don't know if they saw that...but it was fun for me :-)

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      Debbie Marsh on December 19, 2011

      Yahoo! Can't wait for this very special evening...

    13. Bob Bernstein on December 19, 2011

      WOW! With only 8 1/2 hours to go.
      851 BACKERS = $112,308 ~Congratulations to all!
      Can't wait to see the film!

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      John Grabill on December 19, 2011

      Witchi Tai To gim-mie rah
      Whoa ron-nee ka
      Whoa ron-nee ka
      Hey-ney hey-ney no wah

      Water spirit feelings
      Springin' round my head
      Makes me feel glad
      That I'm not dead

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      Bruce Stebbins on December 19, 2011

      In the summer of 1968 I had to go to summer school at Brown & Nichols to re-take Algebra II and Chemistry. A classmate turned me on to WBCN and I never looked back. Thanks to BCN I ended up in radio. Got my first paid gig in Springfield in 1972 and am still in radio to this day. I'm proud to be a backer of this project. Such a legendary radio station!

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      patricia caldwell on December 18, 2011

      Watching the video brought back so many memories. Some, particularly were not pleasant. I was only in high school, but remember the National Guard in Harvard Sq. and the Boston police rushing down the stairs across from the State House. But the good...Grateful Dead, Blood,Sweat and Tears, Cream, Janis at Harvard Stadium....the long version of any good! I'm thrilled to support this project!

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      Katy Abel on December 18, 2011

      The Revolution will now be televised. Or better yet, filmed. Congrats to Bill and his team for a creative, inspiring marketing campaign to preserve our cultural history.

    19. Kaitlin Maud on December 18, 2011

      As a 3yr veteran of WBCN, I am honored to support this documentary!

    20. Destiny Curtis on December 17, 2011

      Excellent! I can't wait to see this film. Boston has spoken and is has said that it loves BCN..NOW they need to realize that Sam Kopper is rebuilding this beloved station in the very same fashion that it was built back in the day. Spread the word and stream FREE FORM BCN!! Long live the revolution!

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      Steve Nelson on December 17, 2011

      Long live the "Revolution"!

    22. Steve Kreckman on December 17, 2011

      Congratulations one and all! The folks that made BCN all it was really deserve this for all that they brought into our lives every day. It's so great to see that their contribution to the artistic vibe that makes Boston such a great city is finally getting its due.

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      Walter C Newell on December 17, 2011

      woot!woot! woot! wbcn's legion of followers have spoken--see you at the party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Brick Duck Communications on December 17, 2011

      Looks like we're over the top as of 1200p ET Saturday! I'm thrilled, not only by the docu project but by this community of backers pulling itself together in the late innings! What a great story. Congratulations Bill!

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      Stanton Barker on December 17, 2011

      WBCN was largely responsible for my getting into professional radio in the first place. This is why they owe me a party and a show ;-)

    26. Frank Chimi on December 17, 2011

      Almost there! under $5000 to go, I increased my pledge yesterday
      I invite you all to join the group "Who Remembers the Boston Tea Party, 1967-1970" on Facebook
      Photos of almost all BTP Posters!

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      Debbie Marsh on December 17, 2011

      Almost there. Let's keep it going. This is history in the making and sooooo cool. I can remember following Charles and the van up to South Natick and the Natick police following close behind. These were truly great memories growing up. Hello, Girly Watch :)

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      Marilyn Rea Beyer on December 16, 2011

      Great idea for a documentary, Bill. Of course, you've got a million great ideas. Good luck! Best, MRB

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      Stanton Barker on December 16, 2011

      I think at $93k the masses have done their part. Let's find a few big players who became rock stars because of WBCN to jump in the pool. This puppy jumped over $10k in one day because of YOU, Charles and our friends. It's time to make this happen. Call your rock star friends and WBCN listeners and push it across the line. I will see you all at Paradise.

    30. Scott Feldman on December 16, 2011

      It was either sponsor this or do the funky chicken ...

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      Philip Reeder on December 16, 2011

      Glad to see a number of WNEC-FM alumni have signed on, many of who have done air on WBCN.

    32. gina preziosi on December 16, 2011

      As backer 666, I would like to donate as a tip-of-the-hat to all the interns and producers, like myself, that passed through the halls and smoked in the garage and would do it all again for less than free. Special shout out to The Big Mattress Crews! XOXOX!

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      Mark Schultz on December 16, 2011

      There are 2890 likes and only 664 backers. If the remaining people only gave $10 each we make it. Come on, donate now!

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      Steve Nelson on December 16, 2011

      We're "too big to fail" now. As of 9:50 on Friday morning, 637 of us have pledged $80,877. Of that $21,004 comes from 9 generous pledges of $1,000 or more. That means that the other 628 of us have anted up $59,873, an average of $95 each, which is really impressive. Now we need another $23,123 to make the goal. So if each of us got just one another person to pledge only $37, we'll make the goal. So let's get on Facebook and Twitter and e-mail and whatever to get those pledges. We can do it!

    35. John Morrison on December 15, 2011

      Let's do this thing!

    36. David Johnson on December 15, 2011

      Charles - I signed up for $104. If needed, I'll do an additional $1041 immediately - for your proposal. Also, I can send my HOT wife to go swimming with you in the morning.

    37. Leda Naomi Andrews on December 15, 2011

      WBCN opened a world of music to me.It was my constant companion.As an angst ridden young teen it made me feel like I belonged.Amazing to see the photos of myself dancing on Cambridge Common in the trailer.Best of luck with this project.

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      John Grabill on December 15, 2011

      Only need 1,160 folks kicking in $25 (the new $5 dollar bill) and you validate the power of grass roots sponsorship, the gift of giving and the spirit that was and is WBCN.... and you get the DVD.... a deal and a bag of chips, is what it is...! Or surely there are a couple of high rollers who might remember making use of the cat and dog report or going to the rumble back in the day.... Please, for the education this film will give so many people: GIVE! GIVE! GIVE! Thank you.

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      cazuma on December 15, 2011

      You rock, Bill!! What a great project. I'm rooting for your project from California!

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      Ed Torri on December 15, 2011

      Contributed in the memory of J J Jackson.................

    41. Rob Lembrée on December 14, 2011

      WBCN left each of us with perspectives on things that we're all the better for. Perhaps it was Charles' Wayback Machine and an appreciation for old time radio. Maybe it was comedy at five minutes past the big hour of five o'clock. It could have been the unique, new music that the station brought us like U2, or Rock n Roll Rumbles, or maybe being on 128 with us during the Blizzard of '78. If could be listening through someone else's speakers out a window in Kenmore Square on Patriots Day, or in any number of places and times in our lives.

      Whatever it was, it's something that's impossible to find in commercial radio today. This film's about what made `BCN unique and how that uniqueness changed the world. This film will show a new generation what radio should be all about, and who knows -- maybe it'll be the light at the end of the tunnel for those of us who know what's missing in radio.

      Please pledge what you can so that this project can come to fruition!

    42. Peggy Farber on December 13, 2011

      First, WBCN rocked! Now the project rocks!! What you need now is a couple of Big Papi's for a heavy hit and a couple of Tom Brady's for a couple of Hail Mary donations:) Step up Boston and Cape Cod$$

    43. Lisa Traxler on December 13, 2011

      WBCN was so much more than a radio station. From the first notes of Creem's "I Feel Free" until the final moments of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (great choice, Bradley Jay), WBCN defined an entire era of American pop culture. I'm honored to help support this documentary, and am still amazed by the creative fire that runs deep in all associated with the best-in-the-nation rock n roll station. See you all at the party? YEP!! Spread the word - 'cause time's a ticking.

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      John Grabill on December 12, 2011

      Ladies and Gentleman! Kids of All Ages! Seriously?? Just 40% of the needed amount to fund this fantastic project has been pledged with only one week to go? I just went in and doubled mine: bumped up from $104 to $208 so I can add another warm body to the amazing planned Paradise Party, and to show my respect and admiration for what Bill is trying to do, and for what the spirit of WBCN brought to my life, and the Community. Only 267 backers? Please! Contact all your friends, old and new, and stir up some support.... Let's pack the Paradise, eh? If the good lord's willing and there ain't no meltdown, I'll see y'all there! May all your days be circus days....

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      John Chioccariello on December 9, 2011

      I was 12 years old in 1973 and my dad made me paint the hallway. i was pissed off. I got my transistor radio and found WBCN. It made my miserable day bearable. It was the first time I listened and then I listened every day until its demise. Thank you WBCN!

    46. Bill Lichtenstein Creator on December 4, 2011

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      Donald Bertolino on December 4, 2011

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