The Beatles were once a little bit rock & roll, just consider their days living in Hamburg in the early 1960's. Not just the leather jackets & denim jeans along with a little bit of that Scouser attitude, no these guys were becoming rock & roll rebels, playing in all manner of dodgy venues, George was deported for lying about his age, Paul arrested for arson. And then there were the pills for this and that, yep you might say they were a tiny bit towards living life on the edge.
Fast forward a year or so and the world had become their suited & carefully crafted mop topped oyster. Rubbing shoulders with their new establishment friends, winning awards from the same folk, meeting the new Prime Minister (Harold) and be very well behaved, a little light banter, but not a whiff of rock and roll.
With Harold now in Number Ten, the new offshore rebel pirates had to come up with a Plan B as the power shift would see The Pilkington Report gain further traction (The Report recommended that the BBC should extend its activities to the creation of local radio stations in order to prevent the introduction of commercial radio). Perhaps Radio Caroline should become a little less rock and roll and a little more establishment sounding? However there was a problem! Radio Caroline wasn't really rock & roll to start with, more a template for how commercial radio might sound if it was adopted in the UK. Listening to recordings from those first few months of broadcasting and the whole thing sounded rather sanitised, more like the Light Programme without needle time restrictions than the radio boom taking place in Australia and the USA.
1964 was an eventful old year, but not really one for rock & roll mavericks, just different parts of the same establishment ensuring normal service would resume as soon as possible. Go on then rip this to pieces if you should choose....
Radio Now & Then
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