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Collection Dates: 1970
Scope and Content Note: The collection consists of videotapes and silent film from the 1970 music television show Now Explosion. Sixteen-millimeter film productions in the collection which were made by Whitney and his staff to go with songs aired include the following titles: American Woman, Leavin' on a Jet Plane, and Tears of a Clown, plus many others.
Biographical Note: The "Now Explosion" first aired in Atlanta on Channel 36 in 1970. It was a Top 40 music program which, along with airing the current songs of the day, showed images to go with the music, all to the patter of an unseen DJ. Images came from promotional films and videotapes from the bands' management, but the show's producer, Bob Whitney, also created in-studio and on-location film and tape images to play with the songs. He created psychedelic visual effects over the images, producing rapid zooms, shapes morphing on top of images, multiple colors and images.
Extent: 416 film reels : si., col. ; 16 mm.;4 videocassettes : sd., col. ; 1 in.;15 videocassettes : sd., col. ; 2 in.
Genre: Music videos;Music
Subject Headings: Now explosion (Television program);Television and popular music--Georgia--Atlanta;Television and popular music--United States;Television and music--Georgia--Atlanta;Television and music--United States;Television broadcasting of music--Georgia--Atlanta;Music videos--Georgia--Atlanta;Music videos--United States;Guess Who (Musical group). American woman;Denver, John. Leaving on a jet plane;Robinson, Smokey, 1940- Tears of a clown;Music videos.
Provenance: Deposited at the Walter J. Brown Media Archives by Genii Leary.
Cite Collection As: Now explosion collection, 1970. Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries.
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