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An old documentary from back in the 90′s on Jungle and Pirate Radio….

Jacques Greene

Here at the office, we’ve had Jacques Greene on the spin. The young Montreal-based producer seems to have an ‘old skool’, raw quality to the way he produces his music. Using layered textures of sounds to create a gloomy delirium, and almost weightlessness in his songwriting.

LM008 – ANOTHER GIRL by Jacques Greene

Jacques Greene – The Look (Koreless Remix) by Koreless

Sorted (free DL) by Jacques Greene

‘It’s a pity radio will never be the same – but its one of those things, cheerio!’ – Ringo Starr on Radio London (1967)

Here is an article dating back to August 15th 1967 about the first known pirate radio stations to face prosecution for broadcasting illegally. Titled ”Three pirate radio stations will walk the plank In Britain’, it reads how some of some of London’s teenagers demonstrated against the move for Radio London (Big 111) to come off air or face prosecution and that this would be the start of the end for pirate radio. Even Beatle, Ringo Starr called in during the final broadcast of Radio London, and said ‘It’s a pity radio will never be the same – but its one of those things, cheerio!’.

At London’s Liverpool Street Station, the teenagers demonstrated wearing black armbands and carrying banners proclaiming ‘Freedom went with Radio London!’ and stormed crush barriers to get to the train carrying the stations record spinners. With smashed windows, beads being snatched away from the neck of a disco jockey and disrupted train timetables; it doesn’t get more exciting than that! Little did they know, that this was only the beginning.

The article reads:

Glory Days, Monopoly Broken…

Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age. By Adrian Johns. W.W. Norton

TO A modern music executive a pirate is a teenager who illicitly downloads music from a file-sharing website. But to someone who was a teenager in the 1960s it will represent radio buffs and DJs stuck on a rusty old ship, safely outside British territorial waters, broadcasting rock ’n’ roll to a country chafing under the government-sponsored monopoly of the BBC.

It is this “pirate radio” that is the subject of the latest book by Adrian Johns, a historian at the University of Chicago who specialises in intellectual property rights. The subject is not nearly as dry as it sounds. Mr Johns begins his book with a killing*: the 1966 shooting of Reg Calvert, a pirate-radio operator, by Oliver Smedley, an ex-army man and commercial rival. That provides the jumping-off point for a history of radio in Britain, from the founding of the BBC in 1922, with its patrician ambition to educate its listeners and its distaste for commerce and populism, through plans for a “wired” broadcasting system that is an early foretaste of the modern internet, to the emergence in the 1960s of the pirate ships broadcasting from international waters.
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