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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK -RECOMMENDED !
If you lived through the Pirate Radio era you will not want to miss this GREAT BOOK well written by a man who has worked on many radio stations including Radio Caroline for many years and knows Radio inside out, The book tells the story of how the pirate stations revoluionized popular Radio and gave the BBC the shove it needed to bring it out of the dark ages,
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Published 16 months ago by Mr. J. W. Ward

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The truth remains unrevealable
As the title of the book suggests high expectations, the review of it should be of a bit more objective distance. Too many books have claimed to tell the true story, but they are all doomed to fail. The longer Radio Caroline did exist, the more it had to hide itself in nebulosity, promisses and factoid stories. At the end, this book is presenting yet another perspective...
Published 15 months ago by Tim Beam


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK -RECOMMENDED !, 7 Mar. 2014
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Mr. J. W. Ward "Route 66 John" (Essex UK) - See all my reviews
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If you lived through the Pirate Radio era you will not want to miss this GREAT BOOK well written by a man who has worked on many radio stations including Radio Caroline for many years and knows Radio inside out, The book tells the story of how the pirate stations revoluionized popular Radio and gave the BBC the shove it needed to bring it out of the dark ages,
I was fortunate to live through the Pirate Radio era and remember these great stations with affection. A WELL WRITTEN BOOK VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love radio you will love this, 24 July 2014
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If you love radio you will love this, fantastically written making you feel like you were actually there.
A must read for any radio enthusiast, if you know Ray personally, or have just spent years listening to him on various stations you will already be fully aware of the authors immense passion for radio, this is totally conveyed in this book. What a shame that Caroline has been reduced to an online station, radio needs Caroline again now! The feeling this book creates is a sense that something is missing, maybe Caroline will come again but if not thank Ray Clark for a great insight into what we have had, what we lost and what we could do with now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last!, 6 May 2014
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There are many books about offshore radio in general and Radio Caroline in particular, but Mr. Clark has produced one of the best of them.
Focusing entirely on The Lady he starts with her roots before she took to the air at Easter 1964 and tells the story, through all five of Caroline’s ships. While it dosn’t cover what happens after the time at sea and Caroline’s internet radio days it does conclude with the words, Caroline continues. And please God she always will!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don-Hawkwind, 16 April 2014
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Great insight to those far off and long gone pirate radio. For those of us who remember them the names of the DJ's are remembered, The modern DJ's on 'working' for the BBC today could learn a lot from those guys, who played the records and did not prattle on for half an hour about their free time. Back then a music station meant just that; They played music up to 18 records an hour.

Well done Ray Clark for writing this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have book, 12 April 2014
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Fantastic book written by a D J who is passionate about Caroline and the history of pop music radio. A MUST have book if you remember pop music in the 1960's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars at last the truth by someone that was there, 15 April 2014
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This review is from: Radio Caroline: The True Story of the Boat that Rocked (Kindle Edition)
The best riveting read I have ever had.Could not put the book down if you have any interest in off shore radio this is for you RAC
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 10 April 2014
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An excellent book, with some more bits and pieces contained within that I was not aware of before. Recommended read for anyone with an interest in 'watery wireless.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to read., 2 Feb. 2015
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This book is worth reading,I have read it twice and it is interesting,specially after Radio Caroline went off the air and was towed away from the Isle of Man,as nobody in the Northwest couldn't get any signal at all from Mi Amigo.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The truth remains unrevealable, 7 April 2014
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Tim Beam (Lake Constance, Germany) - See all my reviews
As the title of the book suggests high expectations, the review of it should be of a bit more objective distance. Too many books have claimed to tell the true story, but they are all doomed to fail. The longer Radio Caroline did exist, the more it had to hide itself in nebulosity, promisses and factoid stories. At the end, this book is presenting yet another perspective onto the glorified saga of Radio Caroline. This time it is more the Radio Atlanta version, blaming Ronan for stealing the business case, cheating in the race to be the first and eventually failing to make it successful. Nothing new in there.

One needs to read between the lines to better understand the true-ish story. This book puts the spotlight on the business side rather than the technical or presenters view of Caroline, which in fact is adding value to other books. However, it is a story of constant failure. That the station did survive five decades may be caused by the inspiration of Ronan O'Rahilly, with all his convincing charisma and half-truth based smartness, but it actually was the result of the patient support from the Wijsmuller brothers, the success of Radio Mi Amigo and Monique, and - which is the most admirable bit of it - the endless and generous contribution of totally devoted radio enthuiasts. For the letter I'd rather recommend Steve Conway's "Shiprocked" or Nigel Harris' "Ships in troubled Waters" - being re-released with additional fotos.

It remains unclear, which boat out of the fleet is actually meant. The last remaining and most impressive of it, the Ross Revenge, is only deserving a minority of pages compared to the lenghty story of the first two ships until the dream of free radio was dragged away into the reality of profit making business. If the original Caroline ship was meant - again between the lines - you learn it was the least successful and the first to be wracked. To me, the only true boat will always be the Mi Amigo, which is now resting in the sea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars radio caroline a first rate book, 16 Mar. 2014
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excellent book about life on board the caraline would order more books on the music theme if they became available from this publisher.
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