Pirate Radio
An Illustrated History

Author: Keith Skues, David Kindred, Johnny Beerling, Tony Blackburn, Hans Knot & Peter Moore

In an age when the airwaves were tightly controlled by the authorities, pirate radio was the illicit and illustrious haven for music lovers across the nation. From the first broadcast in 1964, the cowboys of the radio world fed their listeners’ desire for pop and rock music and, by doing so, changed British radio forever.

Through more than 100 crisp, black-and-white photographs, Pirate Radio: An Illustrated History brings to life the ‘golden years’ of pirate radio. Featuring pictures of the crew, the boats and the fans, this book takes the reader on a journey from the formative years of pirate radio, through its political persecution and beyond.

Keith will sign all copies
Cheques for Pirate Radio payable to R.K. Skues
address all orders & comms to;

Lambs Meadow Studios
19 Parkland Crescent
Horning, Norfolk
NR12 8PJ
Email: skues@aol.com



plus £4.00 P/P
568 pages with 200 photographs


Radio Caroline at Sea in the '60s


                               Pop Went the Pirates II
TO PRODUCE THE definitive history of pirate radio and pirate radio ships is a daunting task.
Pop Went the Pirates II sets out to achieve this with a comprehensive account from the earliest pirate radio stations in the 1930s up to the present day and takes in reunions and celebrations that have taken place since in England, Holland and the United States of America since the Government outlawed the offshore radio stations in 1967.

This outstanding volume is the product of 45 years painstaking research by the author, Keith Skues, who has been involved in sound broadcasting throughout the period. The informative text is fully illustrated with nearly 300 black and white photographs of the pirate ships, DJs, and performing artists - many of which have never previously been published.
Delve into this tour de force to find out all about the ships and forts which played such important roles in changing pop music and radio broadcasting into the format which exists today. DJs and executives of many stations, both large and small, recount their involvement in the pirate radio saga. Read detailed accounts of the debates in Parliament which led to the demise of the pirate radio stations. The philosophy behind Radio One, the BBC’s answer to pirate radio, is examined by former controllers of the Network.
In order for the reader to easily locate any specific pirate radio ship, fort, personality or event, a full index has been compiled.

Pop Went the Pirates II
Published by Lamb’ Meadow Publications on 1 July 2009.
It is only available in hard back format at the special price of £20.00 (£26.00 including p & p)


Keith is still researching the family -
Scuse, Skewes, Skewis , Skews, Skuce, Skues and Skuse
and will be pleased to receive any information you may care to pass on.
He can be e-mailed at: skues@aol.com

plus £4.00 P/P
692 pages with over 150 photographs

Cheques for Pop Went The Pirates payable to "Pop Went The Pirates"
Cheques for Cornish Heritage payable to R.K. Skues
address all orders & comms to;

Lambs Meadow Studios
19 Parkland Crescent
Horning, Norfolk
NR12 8PJ

Chelsea Lodge 3098
1905 - 2005
Lord Northhampton


Hardback Copy Price £15 Plus P/P

That’s Entertainment, the story of Chelsea Lodge

was published on 20th May 2005,
with over 300 pages of photographs and biographies.

More details from the author at: skues@aol.com

All Proceeds to Chelsea Lodge No.3098 Charitable Fund


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A new book by Barbara Apostolides is planned for publication in 2008 to mark Keith's 50 years in broadcasting. The author will be pleased to hear from anyone who has radio stories to relate about 'Cardboard Shoes'.
The following books by Keith Skues are now out of print: A Short History of Heanton Punchardon - Devon, This is Hallamland, 21 Years of the Red Arrows, and Radio Onederland - the Story of Radio One.
Original copies of the above are all retained by the British Library and the six main University libraries including Oxford and Cambridge.
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