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Johnnie Walker - memories of a Pirate DJ 50 years on.

By: stagedoorscribbler - August 7, 2017

Johnnie Walker

It’s the 50th anniversary of the summer of love, the year that marked the height of the cultural revolution that was Swinging Sixties.

 Britain led the world in fashion, art and ground breaking music and against a swirling backdrop of bells, beads and sitars love really did seem to be in the air.

Of course it is famously said that if you remember her the sixties you weren’t really there. Thankfully that is not true and Johnnie Walker, who there and remembers it very well, is on hand to recall one of the key the cultural turning points in Britain’s history and the role that he  played in it as a pirate radio DJ.

Johnnie is one of our best-known and loved broadcasters, but at the start of his career in the sixties he was at the heart of the off-shore pirate radio phenomenon. 

Launched at a time when there was no outlet to listen to popular music other than the BBC Light Programme or Radio Luxembourg, these stations and DJ’s who were as much a part of Britain’s rock and pop music revolution as the musicians themselves.

Johnnie will be presenting The Boat That Rocked his personal memory of those heady days at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester on Friday (11th of August). For more information go to