A comment on pirate radio from someone who was there;
At the time in the 60`s there was NO pop music to speak of on the radio, not for mods, rockers, blue beat boys, rasta boys or sod all else.
Music on radio was totally controlled by the musicians union which decreed that radio stations would be allowed to play 12 minutes of recorded music per hour the rest being played by dance bands comprising their members!
Then along came the offshore stations( romantically called pirates, which they strictly weren't as there was no law to actually break at the time) and joy of joys pop music all day long!!
Did they serve mod culture? Radio London certainly did more than most to tune into the London mod scene, sponsoring and broadcasting gigs from the marquee and other big name clubs.
So, youngsters don't look back from now with a quizzical eye on past glories, the "pirate" stations were playing the music of our generation and they have never been successfully replaced especially as the state of commercial radio now is truly dreadful. Never thought I would say thank God for BBC radio!!!