On a cold February evening in 1985, over a thousand people gathered outside the studios of Radio Jackie. They were defying the authorities who were trying to close them down.Why were so many people so passionate about, what after all was a pirate radio station?
Radio Jackie - A Very English Struggle is a book written by Colin King that details his personal view of a momentous battle to bring Local Radio to South West London and North Surrey. Hilarious situations, larger than life characters and a band of young people utterly determined to succeed against all the odds.
There are moments of 'Milliganesque' lunacy. There are moments of abject despair.But through it all there is humour and determination.
This is the story behind the highly popular Land Based ‘Pirate’ Radio Station bundled with an exclusive new ‘Radio Jackie The CD’ audio disc If you have the book then visit our LISTEN page
Dedicated to Chief Engineer Ernie Stevenson, Records At Sea explains how the British fishing industry was created by the Industrial Revolution and how the industry built and advanced, eventually creating the need for super trawlers of which Ross Revenge was one of the biggest and most successful.
The book then moves on the to the Ross Revenge becoming a radio ship after Britain's capitulation in the 'Cod Wars' virtually destroyed this countries deep water fishing industry. Describing the ships radio years Mike then gives a virtual tour of the Ross and discusses the ideals that keep Caroline on air and the Ross Revenge in our care in 2002. He also looks at the future aims of the organisation. Since Mike was able to persuade the Lottery Commission 'Awards For All' scheme to fund the cost of production, all profits from Records At Sea go to the Society’s efforts to preserve the Ross Revenge.
72 pages. 24 Illustrations. Full colour gloss cover with fine shots of the Ross Revenge.
JOHNNIE WALKER - CRUISIN' THE FORMATS examines the four decades since the pirate stations and traces the Radio 2 DJ's career from a tight US format on Radio England to freeform broadcasts on Caroline. From there he was forced to engage with the highly structured and bureaucratic programming of the BBC. In between he also experienced heady days in San Francisco - and the more mundane world of UK local radio.
Johnnie Walker represents the final national link between the pirates and today's government controlled broadcasting. As he embarks on a new chapter away from a daytime show, this timely study shows how a man of integrity has fought against dull formatted radio created by state interference.
The story behind the 60`s ‘Pirate’ Radio stations
The British 'pirate' radio stations of the 1960's were not the first, or the last, but they were amongst the most popular and are still fondly remembered today, 40 years later.
Everyone who listened to the offshore stations can remember the personalities, the music, the jingles and the commercials. But behind the scenes there was real life rivalry and conflict between the stations. They were also the catalyst for a major change in British radio and they paved the way for the introduction of land based commercial radio. They started a revolution. This is the story behind that revolution
A superb A4 size 104 page glossy softback book of the original Pirate Radio era of the UK coast including Radio Caroline, Atlanta, ‘Big L’ Radio London, Radio England,Radio 270, 390, Invicta, Radio City, Radio Scotland and more...
THE BEAT FLEET by Mike Leonard... £9.99
Johnnie Walker - Cruisin' The Formats by Bob Preedy - DIRECT FROM THE AUTHOR £6.99
'Radio Jackie - A Very English Struggle` by Colin King - THE BOOK COMES WITH EXCLUSIVE AUDIO CD £17.99
RECORDS AT SEA by Mike Weston... Every Penny from this book goes to help preserve The Ross Revenge £5.99
When Pirates Ruled the Waves 6th Edition Paperback by Paul Harris £16.95
Intrigues, threats, boarding parties, smuggling, shipwreck, danger and adventure on the high seas - they all form part of the remarkable story of the pop radio pirates. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, they broadcast from storm-lashed radio ships anchored off the coasts of Europe. As the popularity of the stations grew - first in Denmark and Sweden and, later, in Britain, Holland and Belgium competition among them reached cut-throat level. The story is told of how the dramatic events around the Radio City fort in London's Thames Estuary resulted in the shooting to death of its owner; of the rivalry between Holland's Radio Veronica and the psychedelically - painted Radio North Sea International which culminated in the night bombing of the North Sea ship; how Radio Caroline, Capital Radio and Radio Veronica broke free from their stormy anchorages and were driven aground; how Radio North Sea International became the centre of an espionage scandal involving the security services of several NATO countries, and played its part in influencing the 1970 British General Election. Successively, the governments of Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Britain and The Netherlands legislated against the pirate broadcasters.
Johnnie Walker is an inspiration. One of the best-known and most beloved broadcasters in Britain, the charismatic BBC Radio 2 DJ has achieved legendary status with a hugely loyal following thanks to his tireless pioneering of new music, his warm and passionate personality and his soothing voice.
Having thrown away the rule book as a teenager, Johnnie has always made decisions from the heart. As a result, he has had a brilliantly colourful life, with more ups and downs than a roller coaster ride. He made his name in the 1960`s when he and Radio Caroline, where his night-time show was essential listening for 86% of radio listeners, continued broadcasting in defiance of Government legislation. In 1976 he walked out of Radio 1 because of his outspoken views and his insistence on playing album tracks. He made front page news when he described the Bay City Rollers as 'musical garbage' and when he was caught snorting cocaine.
In his memoir, he reveals all about his time with Radio Caroline, his drug addiction, his fight against cancer and his spiritual awakening. Honest, passionate and humorous, his autobiography will provide inspiring and entertaining listening to his million of fans.
Paperback Size : 129 x 198mm Pages : 416 Publisher : Penguin
Johnnie Walker The Autobiography - Penguin Paperback edition £9.99
‘Ships in Troubled Waters’ is the long awaited book from Nigel Harris, one of Radio Caroline’s longest serving presenters.
Storms, raids, police chases, near drowning and a knife attack. All part of an amazing offshore radio story with some rare photos of it all.
The book covers my boarding school days leading up to my joining the Mi Amigo. Aberdeen is the next port of call for the Cedarlea project with various other Caroline staff. Then it goes to Germany where I join the fledging Radio Paradise and sail to Dublin for the conversion of the ship. Then it’s off again to the North Sea and many years onboard the Ross Revenge. Finally, it’s Tel Aviv, and the Voice of Peace.
Paperback: 230 pages featuring
50 B & W photographs
Publisher: My Way Publishing
Dimensions: 21.0 x 14.8 x 2.4 cm
Dedicated & signed directly from the author
'Ships in Troubled Water' by Radio Caroline's Nigel Harris - Signed by the author £13.99
The US hardcover edition of the story of the late and much missed Tom Lodge and the earliest days of Radio Caroline. This edition has a hard cover, 242 pages, has been completely revised with many photos
"The Ship that Rocked the World" may have the same title as Tom's original book, but it's been completely revised, and dramatically expanded. More tales about life aboard ship and onshore, more insights into the music, and more stories of Tom, Ronan, the deejays, and the musicians who made those days so special, with a concluding section about how Caroline continues today.”
“Without Caroline, we would not have sold a single record .Tom Lodge was a vital figure in Caroline’s most vital times. As such, he deserves a Knighthood... Sometimes the law is more than an ass. Pirates? They were angels.”
“Radio Caroline was more adventurous than most stations around in its day. It championed bands like the Kinks, who owe much of their early success to Radio Caroline and Tom Lodge.” Ray Davies
Hardcover 242 pages completely revised edition with many photos
“Pirate Radio, and in particular Radio Caroline, was a really exciting part of all our lives in those days, and summed up the spirit of the times culturally and musically.” Sir Paul McCartney
“Radio Caroline gave us our start–my eternal thanks.”
The Ship That Rocked The World - TOM LODGE £18.99 with The late author’s Signed Bookplate
Current stock has an author Signed Bookplate while stocks last
This is a book about how Jack rose from being a student, teacher, bingo caller and then a DJ on the Lightship Comet off the Scottish coast.
Radio Scotland had a short career and while McLaughlin was there before the start, he did not stay to the end, so this is not the definitive history of the station or detailed technical description of the ship.
But the reader will learn a great deal about Jack, sometimes uncomfortably so, as he describes how he consummated his relationship with his new girlfriend and then within minutes, repeated the process with her brother or, when working as a History teacher, he shared a bed with a pupil and the pupils gay lover.
Essentially, this was a time when a young man, prepared to bluff his way along, could soon rise to be a household name and could use his fame to meet people and do things that he never would have considered possible a few months previously.
McLaughlin interviewed the Beatles before this was a really big deal, Met David Bowie when he was a pretentious mime artist and on being told to interview Jimi Hendrix asked ' who is he ? '.
The book ends as he jumps ship in favour of Britain Radio, in hindsight, not a wise career move. But as a snapshot of brief era of complete freedom that burned bright and then was forever extinguished, it is a fine read.
415 pages in paperback Over 50 Photo’s including a very young Tony Allan
‘Pirate Jock - Confessions of a 60’s DJ’ Book by Jack McLaughlin £16.95
Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age
When the pirate operator Oliver Smedley shot and killed his rival Reg Calvert in Smedley 's country cottage on June 21, 1966, it was a turning point for the outlaw radio stations dotting the coastal waters of England. Situated on ships and offshore forts like Shivering Sands, these stations blasted away at the high-minded BBC 's broadcast monopoly with the new beats of the Stones and DJs like Screaming Lord Sutch. For free-market ideologues like Smedley, the pirate stations were entrepreneurial efforts to undermine the growing British welfare state as embodied by the BBC. The worlds of high table and underground collide in this riveting history.
336 Pages paperback edition
‘’DEATH OF A PIRATE’ by Adrian Johns - NEW paperback edition £9.99
Radio Caroline Presenter autobiographies and other fascinating Offshore Radio History books…
LASER 558 All Europe Radio - Hans Knot DIRECT FROM HOLLAND £19.99
Hans Knot brings us another interesting book in an inimitable Dutch spin on English. This time the history of Radio Caroline’s one time neighbour in the North Seas during the Eighties, Laser 558, with a pop play list that drew in big audiences while it lasted.
Caroline later picked up the frequency and for a time some of the commercial style. One for your collection.
Hans writes in his foreword. Just before Radio Caroline restarted we already heard rumours that a new radio ship would appear at the West European Horizon. But it would last until November that year that we saw in the trade publication ‘Radio News’ the first printed message. In their edition from November 4th 1983: ‘A new pirate ship is leaving Fort Lauderdale, Florida, today to anchor alongside Radio Caroline off the British Coast. The station, which will be called Laser 730, is expected to arrive off Kent in two weeks time. Laser 730 is American backed and will feature only American personalities keen to make impression on the European Market. Its music will be CHR – Contemporary Hit Radio – or Top 40 - which has taken the major stateside market by storm. The mast is 354 feet high and Laser 730 hopes to achieve a power of 100 kW.” I hope this book will bring back a lot of memories to you with the happenings of a wonderful radio station from more than 25 years ago, ‘All Europe Radio Laser 558’.
Groningen, Hans Knot, October 2011.
There can be few modern day adventure stories as gripping and romantic as the story of Radio Caroline, a legend in her own time. In 1964 Radio Caroline was the very first shipborne ‘pirate’ radio station broadcasting to listeners in Britain.
Although Radio Caroline continued broadcasting after the British government introduced legislation to silence ‘the pirates’, the floating radio station was seized and impounded in the late ‘60’s. The Caroline ship the MV Mi Amigo lay rusting in a harbour until 1972 when she was sold at auction for conversion into a ‘pirate’ radio museum. By the end of the year ‘The Lady’ as she was affectionately known, was at anchor again off the Dutch cost and a whole new chapter in her broadcasting career had begun.
The author has written here the inside story of everyday life aboard - often stripped of its romantic aura. Drugs, sex, intrigues, hijackings, mutinies and storms at sea all feature in this extraordinary tale.
Eventually in March 1980 the Caroline ship was to sink in a violent storm in the North Sea, but from August 1983 the station rose phoenix like from the ashes and resumed broadcasting from a new ship.
This is a book which will fascinate not only those readers interested in broadcasting and music radio, but all who can enjoy a real life adventure story of drama on the high seas.
Last Of The Pirates - EXTENDED EDITION Bob Noakes DIRECT FROM HOLLAND £17.49
‘WAY BACK HOME’ The Graham Gill Story DIRECT FROM HOLLAND £17.49
Graeme Gilsenan, born April 15th 1936 in Williamstown Australia, the proud son of George Robert Gilsenan and Rhoda Jean Heap. Found his career within the radio industry.
First in Australia and from the mid sixties of last century in Europe. Stations like Radio London, Swinging Radio England, Britain Radio, Radio 390, Radio Caroline, RNI and Radio Netherlands were glad to have him in their presentation team.
Now 74 years of age he reveals his life story in: ‘Way Back Home, The Graham Gill Story’.
176 pages 68 photos