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.
Johnnie Walker - Cruisin' The Formats by Bob Preedy - DIRECT FROM THE AUTHOR £6.99
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 dramatic events around the Radio City fort in London's Thames Estuary resulting 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.
Then 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 this book 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
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
Radio Caroline Presenter Autobiographies and Other Fascinating Offshore Radio History Books…
Radio Caroline was the world's most famous pirate radio station during its heyday in the 1960’s and 1970’s, 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. Featuring many rare photographs and unpublished interviews with the 'pirates' who were there, Ray Clark, once a Radio Caroline disc jockey himself, tells the captivating story of the boat that rocked!
About the Author Ray Clark who is kindly signing all copies sold by us for this Caroline 50 offer… Ray Clark is a current BBC Radio Essex presenter, and has over thirty years' experience as a disc jockey. He broadcast on Radio Caroline in the 1980’s under the name Mick Williams.
Published Cover Price £16.99 SIGNED EDITION £13.99 plus P & P 256pp Paperback with many rare Colour & B/W photos Published: The History Press Ltd Feb 2014
‘Radio Caroline - The True Story of The Boat That Rocked’ - SIGNED by author Ray Clark £13.99
SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR
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
The Last Great Adventure for Boys - Radio Caroline’s Bob Lawrence - Signed by the author £13.99
A very entertaining pirate radio adventure story by Radio Caroline’s ‘Buzby’,
Bob Lawrence, inspired from his own experiences.
As ‘Richard Thompson’ he broadcast on hospital radio and various London land-based pirates before joining Radio Caroline in August 1978 where, on his first day, he was given the nickname ‘Buzby’ by Dutch DJ Marc Jacobs. Richard stayed until the MV Mi Amigo sank in March 1980. As his subsequent radio name Bob Lawrence catch Bob’s ‘Album Collection’ show every Friday on Radio Caroline and also watch him co-host our ‘50 Years On’ Caroline Birthday Bash sessions on our new double DVD
In this story, “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.
RRP £14.99 Our price individually signed by the author £13.99
Paperback: 338 pages - The Radio Production Company 21 x 14.8 x 2 cm
Signed by the author ‘Buzby’ - ‘Richard Thompson’ on Caroline’s MV Mi Amigo
Keith Skues and Dave Kindred, Foreword by Johnny Beerling Contributions by Tony Blackburn, Hans Knot and Peter Moore
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 listener's desire for pop and rock music and, by doing so, changed British radio forever.
Through more than 100 crisp, black-and-white photographs, Pirate Radio: An Illustrated History brings to life the 'golden years' of pirate radio. Featuring pictures of the crew - including famous DJ Tony Blackburn and founder Ronan O'Rahilly - the boats and the fans, this book takes the reader on a journey from the formative years of Radio Caroline, through its political persecution and beyond.
Written by former Radio Caroline DJ and current BBC Radio host Keith Skues and with photographs by David Kindred, Pirate Radio: An Illustrated History is a unique and beautifully appointed account of the age when the pirates ruled the airwaves.
100 Black & White Photos on high quality pages
17.5 cm x 25.5 cm 160 Page black paperback book
with full colour slip cover
Signed Title Page label by authors on initial stock
Pirate Radio: An Illustrated History - Paperback Photobook by Dave Kindred & Keith Skues £16.99
WE HAVE A FEW INDIVIDUALLY SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR
Steve Conway tells us that his second edition of SHIPROCKED has been expanded to explain better the offshore radio era and the necessity to broadcast from a ship in international waters, to a growing radio audience who only know the present day internet era.
Radio Caroline was an iconic pirate radio station, capturing the imagination of millions of people when it started broadcasting cutting-edge music to Britain and Ireland from international waters in 1964. When he first went out to the radio ship, the Ross Revenge, in December 1985, Steve Conway, a 21-year-old IT executive, was fulfilling his dream of working on Caroline. Despite his young age, he soon became a vital part of Caroline's renegade crew. In this gripping memoir Steve tells of his time aboard, the excitement and danger and the constant challenges. Really entertaining and insightful. Un-put-downable.
SHIPROCKED - LIFE ON THE WAVES WITH RADIO CAROLINE Steve Conway - £9.99
Paperback: 256 pages; Publisher: Liberties Press; 50th Anniversary of Radio Caroline edition (28 Nov 2014) 15.5 x 2 x 23 cm Signed bookplate
NOW WITH BOOK PLATE SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR STEVE CONWAY
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.”
The Ship That Rocked The World - TOM LODGE
'Ships in Troubled Water' by Radio Caroline's Nigel Harris - Signed by the author £13.99
‘Ships in Troubled Waters’ RADIO CAROLINE 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION 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.
Nigel writes: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.
Paperback: 232 pages featuring
50 B & W photographs and now in this Radio Caroline 50th Anniversary edition an extra 38 exclusive photos especially of The Mi Amigo
Publisher: My Way Publishing
Dedicated & signed directly from the author
HOLDING THE FORT
The true story of the Principality of Sealand
In WW2, huge defensive forts were built in the Thames estuary. These solid eerie structures still exist today, the most famous being Roughs Tower, better known as Sealand.
In 1967 the Bates family, moved in, declaring it as their very own Sovereign Principality. They are still in residence today, giving rise to endless rumour, mystery and speculation as to just what is happening out there, defending the fort against all comers.
Now the story is finally told in the robust words of Sealand’s Prince Regent, Michael Bates, successor to Prince Roy Bates. Adventurer Ben Fogle describes the story as 'stranger than fiction', which is probably an understatement. Broadcaster Charlie Connelly says that it might have been scripted by John Le Carre as a cross between an Ealing Comedy and a Bond film.
HOLDING THE FORT - The true story of the Principality of Sealand - by Michael Bates
Hard-back 8”x 6”, 275 pages and around 40 photographs
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.
Also features significant coverage of behind-the-scenes shenanigans at her sister station / rival: Radio Kaleidoscope.
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
'Radio Jackie - A Very English Struggle` by Colin King - THE BOOK COMES WITH EXCLUSIVE AUDIO CD £17.99
Offshore Radio Engineering
The seamanship and technique that allowed independent radio stations to broadcast popular music and other programmes from the high seas
OFFSHORE RADIO ENGINEERING - by Jan Sundermann
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 the biggest and most successful side trawler.
The book then moves on to the Ross Revenge becoming a radio ship after Britain's capitulation in the 'Cod Wars' virtually destroyed this country’s deep water fishing industry. Describing the ship’s radio years Mike then gives a virtual tour of the Ross and discusses the ideals that kept Caroline on the air and the Ross Revenge in our care in the critical year of 2002. He also looks at the future aims of Radio Caroline.
Since Mike was able to persuade the Lottery Commission 'Awards For All' scheme to fund the cost of production, all money from this book goes 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.
RECORDS AT SEA by Mike Weston... Every Penny from this book goes to help preserve The Ross Revenge £5.99
In the times before the commercial offshore radio stations in Europe, the main issue of this book, there had been already broadcasting stations on board of ships, mainly during and past WWII. So not surprisingly, some European commercial offshore broadcasters started, with the help of engineers formerly working with transmitting equipment on board US Navy vessels. Without doubt, the aerial mast is the most eye-catching detail of a radio ship. The numerous projects, which already failed in a harbour by waking up interest of authorities, are unaccounted for. But on the high seas, the challenges are worse - simply everything must fit together. Many projects came to a stop due to simple causes quite soon after their start. Even if it was “only” the anchoring. Among the people of the offshore and pirate radio scene still meeting each other regularly, there are specialists for everything: programmes, jingles, charts, formats, playlists, commercials, transmitters, microphones, record players and the wild and wet stories.
This book describes and honours the seamanship and technique that permitted independent radio stations to broadcast not only popular music from the high seas. And so it provides an addition to the well known “wild and wet stories” of DJs and crews from a world without computer and internet. The formulas and calculations shown in this book shall stop nobody from reading! It does not matter if you just ignore them. But for the engineer, these are the basic daily tools and self-explaining. And these also demonstrate that proper design was possible without computers. All these calculations you can do with only a pencil and a piece of paper! Offshore radio had its time, and this book focuses on interesting technical achievements made by excellent engineers and operators. A broadcasting vessel is a very complex system. Every reader is guaranteed to find something new for themselves in this book!
A5 format, soft cover, 77 pages of which there are 17 pages of B/W photos and drawings..
Technical considerations behind not only the transmitters etc. but many other aspects of operating an offshore broadcasting platform, right down to the anchors.
Covers the Laissez-Faire, Norderney, Mebo 2, Communicator, Comet and the Jenni Baynton
By Jan Sundermann of Belgium, well-known for his talks at Radio Day / Radiodag.
Radio Adventures of the MV Communicator - by Paul Rusling
…while Radio Caroline was broadcasting its diet of album music, making no waves and generally being left alone, out of the blue there arrived a brash American staffed pop music station, with space age jingles and a promise to be “never more than a minute away from music”.
This was Laser 558. Its format was a huge success and soon, to the fury of licensed commercial stations on land, every shop and taxi was tuned to Laser. For many reasons, this was too good to last... The commercial stations demanded a blockade to silence the competition, Laser's radio-ship, the MV Communicator, though expensively equipped, was barely suitable. Balloon aerials blew away, masts collapsed and the American sales office sold no advertisements.
Eventually, Laser was silenced and the Communicator limped in to harbour - but her story was not over.. The ship went to sea again and for many years after was home to a great variety of further radio stations until finally she ended her career derelict and abandoned in the Orkney Islands.
The whole story - from the unique perspective of Paul Rusling - is revealed in detail in this new book, available now in hard or soft back, signed and dedicated by the author on demand.
Size (Royal) 156mm wide x 234mm high. 206 pages, 156 black & white images within the text
Crooks, fraudsters, thugs and government; armed raid, 'middle of the night" boardings, take-overs; Laser 558 and much, much more !
One of the most action packed stories of offshore radio, told by the people who were there.
Important: To specify a name for a dedication and a delivery address (if different from the purchaser’s), email Customer Services within 24 hours of ordering, stating the specific order number.
In the spring of 1984…
The Royal Ruler and the Railway DJ
The THE ROYAL RULER & THE RAILWAY DJ
By TONY PRINCE & JAN ŠESTÁK
A double autobiography from both sides of the iron curtain
The life and times of a DJ and the boy from the Eastern Bloc who risked all to hear him. Meet Tony Prince, former DJ on the legendary Radio Caroline who became DJ & Programme Controller of Radio Luxembourg, the radio station that changed the face of broadcasting and singularly brought popular music to the British and European youth of the 60’s. One such youth Jan Sestak, tells his tale of how the dangerous pursuit of listening to Radio Luxembourg each night behind the Iron Curtain, transformed his life as he became known as ‘The Railway DJ’.
Jan Sestak grew up in Czechoslovakia at a time when listening to the radio or passing on knowledge of the free Western World, was a crime that would be paid for with imprisonment and, in severe cases, with your life. The Secret Police could spirit you away from your homes, never to be seen again just for voicing an opinion. He and his family like many others lived in fear and paranoia, but Jan had a love, greater than his fears.
Hosting illegal parties with a mere handful of black market western pop records, a disused railway station becomes his discotheque as the secretly invited kids from the nearby town trudge through the snow to hear him play The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
And that was when the Russians invaded..
Tony Prince (“ÿour royal ruler”) joined Radio Luxembourg in April 1968 broadcasting live from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. For many listeners across the UK and Europe the station was the only place to hear the music arriving in the Swinging 60’s and it is from this exciting moment in history that we join Tony’s crazy times on Caroline and in Luxembourg, together with fellow DJ’s Tony Blackburn, Emperor Rosko, Kenny Everett, Kid Jenson, Noel Edmonds & Paul Burnett.
For many and especially for those across the Iron Curtain, Radio Luxembourg was a musical oasis, a major anti-communist influence that, for some reason, wasn’t blocked by the Communist government.
Hardback (only), 464 pages
15 x 3.1 x 21.6 cm
These are signed copies.
The Great British Woodstock: The Incredible Story of the Weeley Festival 1971
The Great British Woodstock: The Incredible Story
of the Weeley Festival 1971
By RAY CLARK
Say “Woodstock”, “Glastonbury”, ”Isle of Wight”, maybe even “Knebworth” and you hardly need to add the words “Pop Festival”. But Weeley? - what on earth is that? It is a tiny village just near Clacton on Sea, Essex where some good hearted people decided to spice up the annual Donkey Derby with a “small” music event where local bands would play and make a bit of money for charity.
As Ray Clark describes so well, the Weeley Festival soon spiralled quite out of control as top name bands attracted 150.000 revellers with the resultant chaos of fires on site, pitched battles with the Hells Angels and more. The tiny village was overwhelmed and then at the end came the expected question ' where did all the gate money go ? '.
Even Ray attended with a pal and with food for the weekend. But he could not find his friends who had the only means of cooking the food and, one suspects, also had the tent. Cold hungry and dispirited, he soon decided to go home and thus missed most of the action, but he makes amends here with a deeply researched account of an event that should never have happened, will surely never happen again, but was enormous fun at the time.
Paperback, 144 pages, 22.5 x 1.1 x 25 cm
100 b&w and colour photos, many previously unpublished
Ray Clark is a radio presenter with more than thirty years' experience. He started his career on Radio Caroline in the 1980s and currently presents on BBC Essex and Radio Caroline. He is also the author of Radio Caroline: The True Story of the Boat That Rocked.
These are signed copies.
The Great British Woodstock: The Incredible Story of the Weeley Festival 1971
LASER Radio Programming
(“10 million listeners can’t be wrong”)
By PAUL RUSLING
In the 1980’s, LASER 558 attracted an audience of almost ten million within months of launch, simply by providing what other stations didn’t - that which most listeners wanted: "more pop music" (and less talk).
What made LASER “Tick”? LASER was programmed with not just one Hot Clock (itself quite revolutionary), but FOUR Hot Clocks, each specifying the type of music to play at various segments of the hour at specific parts of the day. This book explains how and why this 1980’s strategy worked, drawing inspiration from the offshore “pirate” broadcasters of the 1960’s.
In addition there are biographical details and photographs of every voice heard on the station. The final part of the book looks at the subsequent users of the Laser name and the position of offshore radio in 2017.
Today's radio programming shortfalls are also debated and there is an appendix containing the Laser 558 Operations Manual. Essential reading for anyone interested in radio programming and how to build a big audience.
Could it all happen again?.
Paperback, 182 pages,
Size: Royal (23.4 cm tall by 15.6 cm wide)
101 b&w photos
Paul Rusling has been a radio afficionado since hearing Radio Caroline in 1966. He became the breakfast DJ on Caroline International in 1973, then in 1981 he became a radio consultant involved in setting up Laser. He has since been involved in several dozen major stations in the UK and Netherlands.
These are signed copies.