John Lennon performing with the Beatles at D.C. Stadium: Half-length portrait with Ringo's drum kit in the background: , August 15, 1966SCUA has significant holdings documenting the music scenes of the 1960s and 1970s, particularly the folk, rock, blues, and jazz scenes dominating the counterculture during the era.

The American Revolution Documentary Collections

On March 15, 1968, a failing classical music station, WBCN-FM, was reinvented as Boston’s first voice in radical underground radio, and its influence quickly spread nationally. Its characteristic blend of cultural chaos, including rock, folk, blues, and jazz, interspersed with news, radical politics, and community programming, provided a soundtrack for a generation fighting to remake its world. WBCN earned its nickname, “The American Revolution.” The American Revolution Documentary Collection serves as an umbrella for a suite of interrelated collections focused on the impact of underground media in the Boston area and the profound social, political, and cultural changes of that time. These collections include the work of photographers, journalists, and writers who would go on to prominence, as well as activists, artists, and everyday people.

Listen to some of the radio station (below) as you browse:

Selected recordings from the American Revolution Documentary Collection are available to stream through Airtime Pro, a web-based radio platform. You can listen using the player below or go directly to the Airtime Pro site, here:

Taj Mahal performing at the Newport Folk Festival, ca. July 25, 1968Folk New England

Folk New England is an organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and interpreting the cultural legacy of folk music in all its forms, with an emphasis on New England’s contributon. Numerous collections are organized under the umbrella Folk New England Collection.

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John Coltrane (saxophone) and  Elvin Jones (drums) performing at the Jazz Workshop, ca. 1964Other collections

In addition to the collections noted above, check out other collections tagged with the subjects  "folk music," and "rock music," particularly: