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Rocking The Boat [Kindle Edition]

Ian Ross
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1963 and Paul Shaw, suburban dreamer, barely out of his teens, is ready to make the most of those flower-powered days of innocence and decadence as the black-and-white post-war world of Britain blooms into glorious psychedelic colour.

Soundtrack Baby! Says Liam, the Radio Pirate Chief, when he meets Paul. His plan for 50 kilowatts of offshore pop power 24/7 will blow every mind in the nation, and blow the lid off pressure-cooker Britain. All it needs is cash, and that’s where Paul comes in, with his rich dad.

From Haslemere to the High Seas Paul Shaw is drawn inexorably from suburbia into committing a historic act at which governments trembled, politicians railed, the people cheered, gunboats were dispatched, and 38 million Britons tuned in and turned on. Falling in love en route, he finally gropes his way to the happy ending.

The thinly veiled story of Radio Caroline is a sidesplitting comic novel about how against all the odds three total goofers pulled it off.

About the Author


Ian Ross was born in Chelsea in 1943. In 1963, after a stint at Repton, he co-founded Radio Caroline. He married Bunty Lampson in 1966. In 1979 he co-founded ‘Flippers’, a roller-skating nightclub in Los Angeles. When it was closed down in 1982 he worked as a Beverly Hills butler for four years [book to follow]. He has six children and fourteen grandchildren and lives in North Ken.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Ross (14 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1UB2DC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I was looking forward to. 19 Mar 2013
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I was a teenager during this period and was very much "in" to the pirate radio scene so was looking forward to a good read. I just couldn't get on with this book, I found it rather disjointed and it gave me the impression of being "thrown together". In my opinion it could have done with a good edit.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not really pirate radio 29 July 2014
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I just couldn't get into this boot. Judging by the name of the book I expected to be reading something about pirate radio ships at no point in the book did anybody get on board. Another annoyance is all the pseudonyms I could only work out what a couple were the rest no chance. If your going to write a book like this use the correct names if it's true otherwise it's just a work of fiction. If you are really interested in pirate radio don't read this book.
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To understand the subject of Radio Caroline as a Nineteen Sixties event; it is necessary to understand that what is currently portrayed as 'the story' involving Caroline Kennedy and an Irishman with the gift of the gab; is the same sort of smokescreen that Jackie O began to blow about Camelot following the death of her husband. In reality, Radio Caroline was named after a style-sheet character called Caroline that had been in use at Queen magazine for many years. It was in their offices and with Establishment funds that link to the Princess Margaret crowd, that Radio Caroline began life. This book, once you know who the real players are, because the true identities are obfuscated details the sequence of events in which the Irishman was introduced to the Establishment source of funding. It also engages in embellishment. But it does not show how the Irishman came to appropriate the proprietary business plans of Gordon McLendon of Dallas in order to advance his own fortunes. The mythology about Caroline Kennedy was invented after the fact, just like the Camelot myth, to misdirect attention away from a story which its authors wished to bury. JFK was at the time of his death a president who was in political trouble over a failed agenda, and the original Radio Caroline was a failed attempt to reverse the findings of the Pilkington Committee against the introduction of commercial radio into the UK. That all changed with the loss of government by the Tories. This book was authored by a player who uses his own name but masks the identity of almost everyone else. However, its not too difficult to figure out who is really being referenced by the author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rocking the Boat 6 Jun 2013
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Read this originally when was published as hardback book, and enjoyed and amused at the setting up radio station parts (Ian Ross was involved with setting up Radio Caroline). On re-reading the e-book, realised it was in parts more of a boy meets girl story, reflecting Ross's own life.
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