The Beat Fleet
The British offshore ‘pirate’ radio stations of the 1960’s were not the first, or last, but they were amongst the most popular and are still fondly remembered today, more than 50 years later.
They were the catalyst for major change in British radio and they paved the way for the introduction of landbased commercial radio. The offshore stations made everyone aware of what was missing from radio entertainment in Britain, and what it was possible to achieve.
They started a revolution. This is the story behind that revolution.
Here are some of the most recent books about different aspects of offshore radio history. Just browse these selected titles and click on the Amazon link to make your purchase.
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Pirate Radio -
Keith Skues and David Kindred
In an age when the airwaves were tightly controlled by the authorities, pirate radio was the illicit and illustrious haven for music lovers across the nation. From the first broadcast in 1964, the cowboys of the radio world fed their listeners' desire for pop and rock music and, by doing so, changed British radio forever.
Through more than 100 crisp, black-
The Last Great Adventure for Boys
Bob is a painter and decorator in south east London in the late seventies. He loves Charlton Athletic, old war films and listening to Radio Caroline, a pirate radio station in the North Sea. By pure chance, he gets a job decorating the flat of the station's manager, the beautiful Olga. In the right bed at the right time, he is given the opportunity to leave the paint roller behind and pick up the headphones on the pirate ship. Avoiding arrest is just the beginning, avoiding death is somewhere in the middle and at the end, he faces the ultimate price. Based heavily on the author's real life experiences working on Radio Caroline, this is a tale of love, hate, fear, joy, betrayal, guns, sex, drugs and rock n roll; they all play a part in The Last Great Adventure for Boys.
Radio Caroline -
Radio Caroline was the world’s most famous pirate radio station during its heyday in the 1960s and ‘70s, but did the thousands of people tuning in realise just what battles went on behind the scenes? Financed by respected city money men, this is a story of human endeavour and risk, international politics, business success and financial failures.
A story of innovation, technical challenges, changing attitudes, unimaginable battles with nature, disasters, frustrations, challenging authority and the promotion of love and peace while, at times, harmony was far from evident behind the scenes. For one person to tell the full Radio Caroline story is impossible, but there are many who have been involved over the years whose memories and experiences bring this modern day adventure story of fighting overwhelming odds to life.
Far Out at Sea -
Far Out at Sea tells the story of Radio Seagull and how a bunch of renegades created a truly alternative radio station.
Lavishly illustrated with photographs and featuring exclusive interviews with the people involved, Far Out at Sea is a must read for all fans of offshore radio.
Ships in Troubled Waters
This book tells the story of my journey through boarding school and onto offshore radio in the North Sea. It is a recollection of events from my perception only, which took place during my time on a number of radioships. As you will read, sheer dedication and strength of mind was required by all parties over the years to allow the offshore enterprises to survive.
Radio Caroline was the central passion for me, as it was for so many others, and I felt it was never on the cards to give up the fight to survive at sea. Nevertheless, remembering every event, and those people involved, was difficult and I trust I do not upset anybody by telling stories they would rather forget. (No malice is intended by anything written in this tome) A few names have been left out to spare embarrassment, but I hope the narrative remains complete. Memories from my younger days are included, as I would like to think they help complete the overall picture of how I thought and behaved, and what shaped me as I grew up.
Radio Caroline was an iconic pirate radio station, capturing the imagination of millions of people when it started broadcasting cutting-
Holding the Fort
The gripping tale of the Principality of Sealand, told with humour, tolerance and even kindness by the man who was defending his beloved Dad's kingdom as a boy -
Don Robinson -
Don Robinson is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He started by setting up trampolines on Scarborough's beach. He 'launched' pirate radio ship Radio 270.
He brought Little Richard to Bridlington. He organised the first charter flights between the UK and Las Vegas. In his home town he was involved in Flamingoland, Zoo and Marineland, Waterscene, It's a Knockout and Mr Marvel's Theme Park. Don took up wrestling then became a wrestling promoter.He bought and successfully ran Scarborough's Royal Opera House and became chairman of Scarborough Football Club and later, Hull City FC. He was President of Scarborough Cricket Club. Don was involved in the Live Aid Charity and, in London he owned Winston Churchill's Britain at War exhibition, and the London Dungeon. When Bulgaria left the Eastern Bloc he was one of the first western businessmen to knock on the country's door and negotiate new business.
Don Robinson, now 80, is indeed a High Flier!
Pirate Jock -
With the arrival of pirate radio ships in the early 1960’s, the listening habits of British teenagers changed forever. This brave new world of pirate radio was daring, exciting and glamorous, and one that thousands of young men were desperate to join. Including 22 year-
Now a Scottish broadcasting legend, in this book Jack tells how he did just that -
To set the scene, he retraces his early life and career -
Radio Adventures of the MV Communicator: 11 radio stations in 21 years
Paul Alexander Rusling
A factual story about the life of a radio broadcasting ship, the MV Communicator which was home to eleven radio stations during her 21 year career. This riveting tale covers the drama and success of the stations, whose staff included many well-
The story of Radio Caroline North and its impact on the Isle of Man between 1964 and 1968.