Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age (Google eBook)
“A superb account of the rise of modern broadcasting.” —Financial TimesWhen 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.
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Review: Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information AgeUser Review - Margaret Sankey - Goodreads
From its beginning in 1922, the BBC expected receivers to be uplifted, instructed and honest (and thus pay the otherwise unenforceable license fee) and to sit quietly in a family area of the home to ... Read full review
Review: Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information AgeUser Review - Thom - Goodreads
About 9/10ths interesting history and 1/10th aftermath, where the author leads the reader to the conclusions alluded to in the subtitle. The book would have been better without this portion, but then ... Read full review