Death of a Pirate, By Adrian Johns

 

Why should a professor of history at Chicago university write about the killing of one pirate radio station owner by another in an Essex village on 21 June 1966?

The answer is that Johns, a British expert on intellectual property, sees parallels with the present-day information revolution.

With a cast of characters including the Kray Twins, Lord Justice Melford Stevenson and Lord Reith, Johns has produced a fascinating slice of Sixties sleaze – Performance meets The Boat That Rocked – with implications for our times.

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