Book: Making Waves - Fun and Adventure As a Young D J On Britain's Offshore Pirate Radio Stations In the Mid-60's by David Sinclaircategories: Book, Memoir, History, British Pirates, Broadcasting, The 1960s, Radio Essex, Radio 270, Radio 390, Maunsell Forts, Pirate Radio
David Sinclairabout this book: Until Easter Sunday 1964, the BBC had a monopoly on radio broadcasting in Britain (apart from a poor signal from Radio Luxembourg). Then along came the pirates and changed British broadcasting for ever.
This is the story of how I became a pirate DJ on three of these offshore radio stations, having tremendous fun, some dicey moments and in the process, sticking it to the government of the day. What more could a young fellow ask?
This period was a dramatic time in British history - it wasn't all Carnaby Street and pop culture - other things were happening and our generation was part of it all. The austerity of the 50s was giving way to a new prosperity and our young contemporaries were determind to enjoy it. Deference was being dumped in favour of demand and that included our own tastes in entertainment - something the dear old BBC could not, and would not provide. So, we went ahead and did it anyway.
Over the years, I gathered the memories in note form and and contacted old piratical colleagues to fill in some gaps, hunted out the photographs and finally put it all together earlier this year and published my e-book, Making Waves.
Whether you were part of the scene or are a youngster wanting to know about the phenomenon of Offshore Pirate Radio, I hope you will enjoy this journey with me.
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