Shout Out! UK Pirate Radio in the 1980s

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Shout Out! UK Pirate Radio in the 1980s
No License for Kiss FM, Written Word magazine, 1989, courtesy Gordon Mac

An archival exhibition in the Fox Reading Room about the early pirate radio movement of the 1980s.

Often associated with broadcasting from offshore ships, pirate radio had a resurgence in the 1980s when stations began airing from the tops of tower blocks throughout the UK. Born out of discontent and a need for escapism from Britain’s political climate, this show highlights the significance of stations like Radio Invicta, Horizon and B.A.D that were some of the first to play funk, jazz, hip hop, reggae and soul. Through videos, photographs, press clippings and documents, the show charts how these stations empowered discriminated communities and celebrated black culture.

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