Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Before internet radio ..heck, before the whole darn internet ..perhaps the only weapon an ordinary person had against the dull rage of mainstream mass media lay in abandoned buildings, broken rooftop locks, and homemade antennae. These are the tools of pirate radio, the vibrant culture covered in this documentary by our pals at VBS for Palladium Boots and helmed by pirate legend Matt Mason.

Back in the 60s, when “pirate” was more closely aligned with scimitars and eyepatches than BitTorrent and DVDs, the granddaddies of London’s underground radio scene took the pirate connotations somewhat literally: they blasted rock music from abandoned postwar military sea forts (and fought off attacks – and welcomed groupies – in the process).


Forget the movie The Boat That Rocked (Pirate Radio in the U.S.) if you saw it. If you didn't.. don't. This is the real deal.