The Bluebottle Boys, Chapter 13, Part 3 — Birmingham, 26 March 1962: “Showdown at the Cemetery” [Section 3 of 5]

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We were finishing the last bit when our adversaries descended the now shadowy stairs. Doofus and Silla, like us, were still in uniforms and overcoats, yet somehow resembled a malicious, pint-sized, nawse version of Ski Party’s Frankie and Annette, with Quentin, as a combination of King Kong, the Abominable Snowman and the Creature from the […]

The Bluebottle Boys, Chapter 12, Part 1 — Edgbaston, Late March 1962: Radio Luxembourg, Attempt 1

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[Note: In 1962, “Radio Caroline,” Screaming Lord Sutch’s “Radio Sutch” and the rest of British pirate radio were still two years away. The BBC’s de facto ban on rock music meant young people in the UK turned to “border blaster” stations, particularly Radio Luxembourg, for their music. Throughout most of the 1950s an analogous situation […]