Radio Free Boston: The Rise and Fall of WBCN
Presented by Arlington Community Education
October 16, 2013
DJ and author Carter Alan comes to Arlington Community Education's Conversations series to discuss his new book Radio Free Boston: The Rise and Fall of WBCN. Blaring the Cream anthem "I Feel Free," WBCN went on the air in March 1968 as an experiment on the fledgling FM radio band. It broadcast its final song, Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," in August 2009. In between, WBCN both pioneered and defined progressive rock radio, sustaining a vibrant local music scene that launched such artists as the J. Geils Band, Aerosmith, James Taylor, Boston, the Cars and the Dropkick Murphys. Carter Alan was a DJ at WBCN from 1979 until 1998. Come join the conversation as he shares the story of WBCN - the story of a city in tumult, of artistic freedom, of music and politics and identiy, and of the cultural, technological, and financial forces that killed rock radio.