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Bob Fass Recordings and Papers, 1960-2011 bulk 1963-1991 

Creator: 
Fass, Bob, 1933-,.
Phys. Desc: 
190 linear feet (157 record cartons, 5 document boxes, 80 audiocassette boxes, and 18 flat boxes)
Call Number: 
MS#1786
Location: 
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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Biographical Note

In the 1960s, Bob Fass helped create the format known as free-form radio on his program, Radio Unnameable, at WBAI in New York City. Fass became known for his long, discursive conversations with his listeners, as well as for the many musicians, performers, and activists who appeared on his show. Radio Unnameable provided a platform for many key figures of 1960s counterculture and helped launch the careers of artists including Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, and Joni Mitchell. Fass also used the show to cover protests and current events of interest to his audience, including the 1963 March on Washington, the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and the 1988 Tompkins Square Park Riot.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials created by Bob Fass, host of the late-night program Radio Unnameable on New York City's WBAI radio station. The collection primarily consists of audio recordings of Radio Unnameable and other radio programs hosted by Bob Fass between 1963 and 2011. It includes approximately 5,600 audio and video recordings. A comparatively small amount of photographs, correspondence, and ephemera is also included in the collection.