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Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age
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Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age [Format Kindle]

Adrian Johns

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“A superb account of the rise of modern broadcasting.” —Financial Times

When 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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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 336 pages
  • Editeur : W. W. Norton & Company; Édition : 1 (9 juillet 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Real Story 3 novembre 2010
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As the son of Oliver Smedley, I have been steeped in the history of the Radio Pirates because my father helped start Radio Atlanta (later Radio Caroline South), because I listened to them and lastly because, when I was aged 15, my father shot Reg Calvert dead and was arrested for murder. But obviously my history was biased!
Adrian Johns has researched the story of Radio Caroline and the other stations and the killing of Reg Calvert with great diligence. He has written an excellent and exciting book which will bring back the days of pop radio in the early 1960's to those of my generation as well as inform all readers of the dramatic impact the Radio Pirates had on broadcasting and the media. I have learnt a lot from the book; the history of these pirates is fascinating. 'Death of a Pirate' really is the real story of the Radio Pirates, the development of British broadcasting and the shooting of Reg Calvert, not only that, it's a great read!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The end of one era of pirate radio 8 mai 2012
Par J. Duffy - Publié sur
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Adrian Johns frames the collapse of one era of Pirate radio in the UK (the sixties era of offshore transmissions) around the death of pirate Reginald Calvert at the hand of rival pirate Oliver Smedley. He boldly suggests that Calvert's death was the result of a misunderstanding between the two adversaries. While Calvert's death may have been the proximate cause of the shutdown of the pirate radio operations, there were greater economic and political forces at work that doomed that era of pirate radio (regardless of Calvert's death) and led to the incorporation of its main innovation -the playing of pop music- into mainline radio broadcasting (i.e., the BBC). Still, a fascinating and well-researched book on the myriad forces at work that led radio pirates to lurk offshore in pursuit of making radio broadcasting a commercial enterprise.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Intellectual history turned bloody 8 décembre 2011
Par Rebecca L. Tushnet - Publié sur
Johns has an abiding interest in "piracy," broadly defined. This book, though opening with a violent death in a dispute between pirate radio entrepreneurs in 1966, is really about how intellectual history (featuring Coase and Hayek, who both spent time analyzing British radio in particular) becomes political history. Here, changes in British radio listening practices, aided by cheap transistor radios, changed the social meaning of listening and therefore of broadcasting, opening a path for commercial radio. Johns argues that the "moral philosophy of digital libertarianism," though often associated primarily with 1960s American counterculture, also derives from the politics and history of British radio. The idea of offshore data havens, after all, comes from offshore radio pirates (and indeed physically overlaps--Seahaven was a pirate radio station before it was part of a grand, failed data haven scheme). Johns chronicles not just lawlessness, though the violence isn't surprising, but also the deep entanglement with the law that these pirates always had--they created corporate structures and called the police because they wanted and even needed to live in a jurisdiction with a functioning government, even as they wanted to escape those constraints as it suited them. This is Johns's least theory-intensive book, and it sits not quite comfortably between narrative and theory, but I enjoyed it.
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not what I expected or looking for. 3 mai 2011
Par Colorado Hermit - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
Boring dull detailed history of British radio starting in the 1920's. I was looking for the book version of the British movie Pirate Radio. It might be in here somewhere if I can get past all the boring stuff in the first half. Still havent got to it yet. Figured I should write this now before I gave up out of bordom.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Excessive detail obscures the main message 8 décembre 2010
Par H. M. Gladney - Publié sur
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
A theme of this book is that the history of radio transmission privilege teaches about Internet issues. Another is that media monopolies are pertinent for civil liberties. Both are worth paying attention to.

However, excessive detail about the personalities and wrangles of otherwise-forgotten British entrepreneurs makes it unnecessarily difficult for readers to discern and judge the arguments for and against central control of media and bandwidth. Had the book been 80% as long as it is, it would have been much better.
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