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Dare to be Different
2017, 95 min.
Dare To Be Different is a feature length documentary revealing how 80's music was really introduced to the US from Europe. U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Blondie, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, The Clash, The Cure: over half a billion records sold and you may never have heard of them if not for a small suburban radio station on Long Island, NY: WLIR. In August, 1982, a small group of radio visionaries knew they couldn't compete with the mega-stations in New York City. With one brave decision, they changed the sound of American culture forever. Program Director Denis McNamara, the 'LIR crew and the biggest artists of the era tell the story of how they battled the FCC, the record labels, mega-radio and all the conventional rules to create a musical movement that brought the New Wave to America.
Ellen Goldfarb
Roger Senders, Ellen Goldfarb
Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Billy Idol, Denis McNamara, Midge Ure, Elvis Costello, Fred Schneide, Jim Kerr

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