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Videofreex : America's first pirate TV station & the Catskills collective that turned it on
Teasdale, Parry D.
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Hensonville, N.Y. : Black Dome, [1999]

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211 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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PN1992.945 .T43 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Teasdale, currently active in New York State's library systems, was a newspaper editor, television producer, and founding member of the first American underground television station, Videofreex, which transmitted 258 broadcasts between 1971 and 1977. (In 1973, he also wrote the Spaghetti City Video Manual, one of the first VCR manuals.) Partially supported by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller's Council on the Arts, Videofreex was a small collective of video activists who lived and worked together in a Catskill Mountain community until reduced funding in the late 1970s forced them to disperse. In this book, Teasdale skillfully and humorously evokes the emerging video revolution of the late 1960s and the radical events that Videofreex chronicled (e.g., the antiwar movement, Woodstock, the Chicago 7, and the Black Panthers). Equally compelling is the sharp delineation of individual Videofreex participants and their interactions with Louisville, NY, townspeople and officials, destructive porcupines, the IRS, and the FBI as they experiment with and create a new art form. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.ÄBruce Henson, Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.