Arthur is very pleased indeed to present a special Los Angeles screening of the new feature-length documentary RADIO UNNAMEABLE about free-form FM radio pioneer Bob Fass and his ridiculously long-running midnight program.
For nearly 50 years, Bob has been heard on New York City listener-supported station WBAI, utilizing the airwaves for in-the-moment journalism, in-studio artistic performance, learned philosophizing and righteous mobilization, long before today’s innovations in social media. He is one of the original Yippies, whose outrageous/visionary actions helped sway pigheaded America in the late ‘60s toward eventual progress (or at least getting the hell out of Viet Nam). The film draws from Bob’s extraordinary personal archive of audio recordings—including appearances by Bob Dylan and Abbie Hoffman, and performances by Karen Dalton, Arlo Guthrie, Jerry Jeff Walker, Hamza El Din and more.
RADIO UNNAMEABLE opens at the Arena Cinema in Los Angeles on Friday, April 5 for a one-week engagement. Arthur is presenting the 7:30 screening this Saturday April 6. Journalist, counterculture scholar and longtime Arthur contributor Michael Simmons will introduce the film with his patented song-dance-and-groove approach. Directors Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson, along with subject Bob Fass, will do a Q and A afterwards.
Tickets and Info here: arenascreen.com
You can learn more about the film and watch a short trailer here: radiounnameablemovie.com
I can’t wait to see the doc on Bob Fass. I have been listening to WBAI for approximately 50 years!!!!!
had a lovely time tonight Michael. thanks (from the guy in the front seat at 7:30). Fass still rules.
Thanks Mike. I remember you — your questions were smart. I believe you used the term “cart” to refer to Bob’s program closer. Sounds like you know the radio racket from the inside.
I used to listen to Radio Unnameable when I was a student at NYU in the late 60s. I can’t believe he’s still broadcasting. His program represented the best of the 60s cultural/political rebellion to me.