Distributors of Radio Pirates by Adrian Blackburn
Its around 50 years since the young pirate broadcasters of Radio Hauraki beat storms, shipwrecks and fierce political opposition to bring their freedom-loving rock n roll station successfully to land.
The pirates 1111 days at sea – and sometimes on the rocks – also ushered in a huge sea change for the dull, controlled NZ society of the day.
Now a new generation wants to hear about those remarkable events and the band of cash-strapped young people who made them happen.
In the space of only a few months this year two very different approaches to portraying the Hauraki story are being screened: A highly fictionalised version, 3 Mile Limit, is hitting cinemas. And a historically accurate feature-length doco-drama, Pirates of the Airwaves, is set to find a peak Sunday evening audience on TVNZ.
At the same time straight from the printers is Radio Pirates: How Hauraki Rocked the Boat. This heavily illustrated book delivers the full, unputdownable true story of Hauraki’s pirate days with all the gripping detail no movie can provide. Radio Pirates is the renamed and updated fourth edition of author Adrian Blackburn’s bestselling The Shoestring Pirates. It comes complete with a series of screen shots from Lippy Pictures Pirates of the Airwaves.