Johnnie Walker - Pirate Radio & The Sixties: the Boat that Rocke

Johnnie Walker - Pirate Radio & The Sixties: the Boat that Rocke

presented by The Rotary Club of Boston
Thursday 27th February at 7.30pm

Tickets £30**

* Disabled seating available please call Box Office on 01205 363108

**Prices are inclusive of the 50p per seat Refurbishment Levy

Johnnie Walker made his name in the 60s with the pirate ship Radio Caroline.  

His night-time show was essential listening for 86% of the night-time audience, which increased to over 20 million Europe-wide on the night of 14 August 1967, as Walker and ‘Caroline’ continued in defiance of Government legislation which silenced all the others when the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act of 1967 came into effect, outlawing advertising or supplies to the ships.  

Johnnie is one of our best-known and loved DJ’s, but at the start of his career in the sixties he was at the heart of the off-shore pirate radio phenomenon. It was these stations and DJ’s who were as much a part of Britain’s rock and pop music revolution as the musicians themselves.  

It was the Swinging Sixties and there was a cultural revolution happening! We led the world in iconic fashion, art and ground breaking music – there was the contraceptive pill and a man on the moon. Twiggy became one of the world’s first super models and there was the meteoric rise of Beatlemania and the emergence of groups such as the Rolling Stones, the Who & Pink Floyd amongst many others. 

Pirate Radio was launched at a time when there was no outlet to listen to popular music other than the BBC Light Programme or Radio Luxembourg - and this was all to change with Pirate Radio - giving much more exposure to pop music and a start to the independent record labels, giving new artists a chance such as Island Records with Roxy Music and Traffic. 

This will be a fascinating look at one of the cultural turning-points in Britain’s history as we approach the 50th Anniversary, presented by The Rotary Club of Boston. Hosted by Radio Lincolnshire's Scott Dalton.

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