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Re: “Sound Salvation: Radio Unnameable

Bob Fass never wanted to be a focus of his own show, his specialty was and is.. letting the guests actually become the program...guests and listeners, or sometimes just the listeners..and sometimes just the "theme" running through the air became the program, and the whole "pastiche" would just be creating itself each night over Radio Unnameable. He used everything...snippets of news or poetry, or clips from the media, or sound effects...or previous shows. He uses montage in many ways.. and mixes it together in very moving and effective ways..the effect being the feeling of the whole gestalt definitely greater than the parts...and how powerful it all was and is. So he never wanted the focus to be on him personally...his own "personna" was besides the point and this body of work and fun was and is about democracy and access and openness and acceptance of innovation and novelty, as well as political astuteness and a conscious progress of a cultural explosion which started well...around the time he took to the airwaves and somewhat before. His job as he saw it was to kind of hold a mike up to the new sixties (and later) outlooks and struggles and play it as it came through. He is not one to be hero-worshipped like some shlock corporate (and usually political backwards) DJ or "star". The historical excellence of the program speaks for itself and I assume the movie brings that out, at least hope it does.....! But to the extent there is a "worshipful" attitude towards this gentleman, than the movie is certainly conveying the wrong idea. So I hope that's not what's going on too much there.

Posted by Beautyis Nearly Everywhere on 11/04/2012 at 4:45 PM

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