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The Ship That Rocked The World: How Radio Caroline Defied the Establishment, Launched the British Invasion, and Made the Planet Safe for Rock and Roll Hardcover – August 19, 2010

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  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Bartleby Pr (August 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0910155828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910155823
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,303,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Umi (Tom Lodge) is the Zen Master of the Stillpoint Zen Community at Santa Cruz, California, USA.

Umi (Tom Lodge) a son of the writer Oliver W F Lodge and his artist wife Diana, and a grandson of the physicist Sir Oliver Lodge, was born Thomas Odoard Marshall Lodge, or Tom Lodge, on April 16 1936, in Tanleather Cottage, Forest Green, Surrey, England. When World War II broke out his family left England and he was brought up in Maryland and Virginia, USA. In Virginia he lived in Gloucester County, near Naxera and later moved to Elmington. At the end of the war he returned with his family to England and lived near Painswick, Gloucestershire. He was educated at Bedales School, England, where he developed his interest in music. He took lessons on the violin and the clarinet and taught himself the guitar and mouth organ, and played the stand up Bass in a four piece skiffle band, called the "Top Flat Ramblers". When he was seventeen he hitch hiked around Europe, making money by busking with his guitar.

On his 18th birthday, 1954, he sailed to Alberta Canada and became a cowboy on the Alberta Ranch and then the A7 Ranch near Pincher Creek. Later he traveled to Hay River, North West Territories and worked by fishing on the Great Slave Lake, with nets through the ice. It was here, while fishing with a colleague, that he was blown out into open waters on an ice flow. His friend died, but he was saved by some trappers. He described his adventures in his first book, "Beyond the Great Slave Lake" (published by Cassells 1957 and E.P. Dutton 1958.)

In 1956 he returned to England, where in London, he fell in love with Jeanine Arpourettes, they were married a year later in Paris in 1957. They returned to Hay River, Canada, where he ran a fishing business. Later they moved to Yellowknife, N.W.T. where Tom worked at the Giant goldmine and Jeanine worked in the Yellowknife hospital. In Yellowknife, Jeanine gave birth to their first son Tom (b. 1959). It was here that he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as an announcer on CFYK. Then in 1960 he became the CBC manager for a new radio station CBXH in Fort Smith, N.W.T., until he returned to England as a CBC correspondent and it was in London that Brodie (b. 1961) was born and later Lionel (b. 1962).

In 1964 he joined England's first offshore pirate radio station Radio Caroline, as deejay and programme director. He was one of the first American-style pop DJs which the British public heard. His book "The Ship that Rocked the World" describes his adventures at sea playing rock 'n' roll and having fun with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who and many more rock 'n' roll bands. After the outlawing of the pirate radio ships in 1967 by the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act, he worked as a disc-jockey for the BBC on the newly created BBC Radio 1. But soon after he returned to Canada.

In 1968 he returned to Canada and became a deejay on CHLO, St Thomas, which is now CKDK-FM, The Hawk. It was in London, Ontario that he created the "Creative Arts Festival" with the participation of many of the local High School students and also ran a drop-in youth center on Richmond street in London. Then in 1970 he founded a creative program at Fanshawe College London, Ontario, Canada, called "Creative Electronics", which after two years he made into Music Industry Arts, a training program for recording engineers and record producers, and is still operating at Fanshawe College.

In 1975 Lodge became a disciple of the Zen master Roshi Joshu Sasaki, Mount Baldy, California. In 1979 he became a disciple of Zen Master Osho, Poona, India. After Osho died, he became a disciple of Zen Master Mikaire and realized Enlightenment January 10 1998. With Enlightenment, his name changed to Umi, which is Japanese for the sea. His disciples have created a Zen ashram, a community around him, called "Stillpoint Zen Community", near Santa Cruz, California. www.umiji.org. Here he gives daily Satsangs.

Bibliography

* Beyond the Great Slave Lake, (Cassells, 1958)
* Beyond the Great Slave Lake, (E.P. Dutton, 1959)
* Success Without Goals, (Lloyds Mayfair Group, 1992)
* Circles, (Lloyds Mayfair Group, 1993)
* Footprints in the Snow, (Umi Foundation, 2000)
* The River and the Raven, (Umi Foundation, 2002)
* Enlightenment Guaranteed, (Umi Foundation, 2002)
* The Radio Caroline Story, (Umi Foundation, 2002)
* The Ship That Rocked The World, (Umi Foundation 2003)
* God is a Dancer, (Umi Foundation, 2007)
* The Diamond Sutra with Umi, (Church of Consciousness, 2008)
* The Ship That Rocked the World, (Bartleby Press 2010)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Maguire on January 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Tom Lodge is an authentic, modern-day 'adventurer'. Throughout his life he has never failed to pick up and make-use-of new, "forward-moving" opportunities which were presented to him, regardless of the "oblique angle" changes these may have caused in his life.
In retrospect, it does seem that he was the perfect choice to be the Head Program Director for the original staff of Radio Caroline (circa 1964-'68).
This book (and its 'setting') gives the reader a sense of the more 'quaint' innocence of that time, as compared to our modern world.
The BBC had total control over the radio programming on land in Britain at that time, and refused to play anything but the most boring, staid music. Without the 'young upstart' rebelliousness of Radio Caroline, 'surpassing' the laws of the land and introducing untold numbers of newly-recording British bands - I think it's fair to estimate that probably 80% of the British Invasion would not have 'been allowed' to formulate in England(!), let alone ever being spread across the world. (The BBC would definitely, at that time, never have played the Stones. the Who, Kinks, Yardbirds, Animals, Cream, Zeppelin, etc. - The "cutting edge" of modern musical innovation from that time period of Tom Lodge's tenure as head program director/deejay with Radio Caroline, 1964-'68).
In regard to the British government's 'stranglehold' on the creativity of their own populace - it is reasonable to bear in mind that Britain's last war with Germany had had disastrous effects upon London itself (physically), and had left England economically 'constrained' and restricted (food rationing imposed, etc.) for a lengthy time period after the war.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rock and Roll Reader on January 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I received this book from my father for Christmas (I'm in my early 20's), and I was captivated by the story. It's extremely apparent upon reading that the author, Tom Lodge, was influential in the developing British Invasion. His encounters with rock stars (especially his interview with The Beatles, which he was given little to no time to prepare for) are fascinating stories that add to an amazing book. I found the list of tracks included in the book to be helpful in providing reference for those who weren't alive at the time like myself, or those who needed a refreshing on what tracks exactly were topping pirate radio charts in those days. Not only does the book educate the reader in important rock and roll history, it also provides tons of entertaining anecdotes and personal encounters. Whether you're a fan of rock and roll or looking to learn about origins of American pop music, this book will exceed expectations, all the while serving as a great source of entertainment. Before I read the book, I was able to find this video on youtube which previewed it pretty well: [...]
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Okay, obviously Mr. Lodge Isn't a novelist. As a memoir, the book is a good look into the history of the pirates. The scenes where he chose to try to recreate conversations or tell stories in a more novel-like fashion, however, are awkward and unnatural. On the whole, a worthwhile read for the rock history enthusiast interested in this seminal period, though probably not the best one on the subject matter.
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A very interesting read. I loved the music history lesson! What a great life Mr. Lodge has led, great stories about some of the greatest groups of the 60's.
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By Nicole Koster on May 6, 2013
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This books gives major insight to the classic rock we know today. Without the "pirates" and Radio Caroline the world may not know many of the major musicians and bands we listen to today. This book is truly inspiring, and let's you know never quit. Always stand up for yourself even in the face of obstacles.
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