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The Continuing History of Rock and Roll Radio: The English Pirate Radio Stations of the Sixties

In the early and mid-sixties, the BBC had a monopoly on radio in England that was unchallenged. Then the pirates appeared. Stations like Radio London and Radio Caroline smashed through the airwaves playing the latest tracks from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks and Small Faces. The royalty of sixties pop and the youth of the day loved these stations so they scared the crap out of the BBC, enough so that they were forced to create BBC 3 that catered to the pop music tastes of the times and even hiring away some of the best known pirate DJs like Kenny Everitt. Follow the links on the Radio London and Radio Caroline web sites for a really cool trip down a fascinating era in rock and roll history.