Life and Death of a Pirate by S.K. Moore


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by S. K. Moore

SPECIAL EDITION 474 pages, hardback 

Includes over 150 photographs.  

Meet the author - Talk and Slide Show 


  • Thursday 6th December 2018. 7.30 p.m.

Sometimes real life can be stranger than fiction. Reg and Dorothy Calvert in the early 1960s are at the heart of the music business and own Clifton Hall near Rugby, known as the 'School of Rock'. This is a fast moving story, often funny with many twists and turns. Woven into the tapestry of their lives are the stories of the musicians, singers, pirate radio disc jockeys and engineers. What begins with a dream ends as a murder mystery. Within the pages you will meet many characters including Screaming Lord Sutch, the Beatles and Reggie Kray. Hardback Special Edition containing Books 2 and 3 of the trilogy. 474 pages and over 150 photos.

ALL THE BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE as Kindle eBOOKS from Amazon. They can be read on any device with Amazon's free app, including mobiles, laptops, iPads etc.

1. Popcorn to Rock 'n' Roll. 1946 - 1960 Reg and Dorothy Calvert marry when they are just 18 and with no home and little money, Reg buys an old bus and converts it into a caravan. They travel from Huddersfield to Southampton and live in an apple orchard for 3 years. He tries many ways to earn a living including making popcorn and sweets. When he first hears Bill Haley's Rock Around the Clock, he has a dream. To bring Rock 'n' Roll to England. (Available as eBook, paperback (and hardback from Fillongley Publications).

2: Clifton Hall School of Rock. 1961 - 1964 After much turmoil and some success, Reg buys Clifton Hall near Rugby. The musicians and singers he trains and employs, move in with them. There are strict house rules which include no alcohol and no girls back, but there is music, much fun and outrageous antics, laughter and heartbreak. Soon the press are writing about this extraordinary household and many famous stars visit the house including Jerry Lee Lewis and the Beatles. (Available as eBook and included in Special Edition Hardback 'Life and Death of a Pirate').

3: Shivering Sands - 1960s Pirate Radio. 1964 - 1967. A fast moving true story of love, laughter, music, intrigue, murder and mystery. Even today, there are unanswered questions. A gripping read. 

Book One: POPCORN TO ROCK 'n' ROLL.  A surprising and often amusing story of Reg and Dorothy Calvert, 1946-1960. Love, marriage, adversity and Rock 'n' Roll.  



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POPCORN TO ROCK 'N' ROLL. The first book in the trilogy. 1946-1960 Reg and Dorothy fall in love and marry when they are just 18. With little money, no home and a baby on the way, Reg buys an old bus and converts it into a caravan. They travel south from Huddersfield to Southampton and live in an apple orchard for three years. Reg tries many ways to make a living, including making sweets and popcorn. When he first hears Bill Haley's Rock Around the Clock, he decides to bring Rock 'n' Roll to England. Within a short time, young musicians, guitarists, drummers and singers, give up their day job to follow him and become 'dance-hall' stars.



School of Rock 

by S.K. Moore

  • Kindle eBook from  approx £3.20.
  • This book can be 'read' on any device, Kindle, laptop, iPad etc with Amazon's free app. 
  • Includes 30+ photographs.
  • Included in hardback edition 'Life and Death of a Pirate' and will be published as a paperback later in 2018

CLIFTON HALL - School of Rock 'n' Roll The second book in the trilogy and one of the most unusual stories you will read, based on real people and events. A 'social history' of the 1960's. Yes, there are drugs, sex and rock 'n' roll, but not in the way you would expect it.

1961, Reg and Dorothy Calvert move with their daughters from Southampton to Clifton Hall near Rugby. With them came an entourage of young musicians and singers. It did not take long for the inhabitants of Clifton-upon-Dunsmore to realise there were strange 'goings on' at the Hall. Rumour and gossip were rife. Who were these bohemian young men appearing in their village? Behind the fun, laughter, glitz and glamour of show business, lies a powerful love story.

  • 39 images/photographs included, some never before published including photos of the Beatles and Tanya Day. 



Photo above:  2012.  50 year reunion of some of the 'boys' (dance hall stars) 

Barney Peacock (drummer), Tony Burnett (drummer), Colin Angel/Wilsher (Singer and guitarist).  Susan Moore (author and artist, daughter of Reg & Dorothy Calvert.)  Danny Storm  / David Hurran (singer). Glen Dale / Richard Garforth (singer).  Geoff Chalk (guitarist).  Don Ker (guitarist).  Johnny Martin /Martin Upperdine, (singer and guitarist). 



STAGE PLAY Now available for theatre groups to perform, with or without music, projected images etc.  Flexible script to suit the ability or theatre group and actors available.

Many things have been written about the 1950s and 60s.  Most of it myth and exaggerated.

This is a true story that will hold your audience from beginning to end.

THREE NEW PLAYS   based on the life and times of REG CALVERT 


(Top) June 1946 Reg and Dorothy Calvert on their wedding day. 

For more information and details about the plays visit: 


A new play - double bill - combining two plays, 'School of Rock & Roll' and 'Death of a Pirate'     With 1960's band:  Pinkerton's Assorted Colours - plus - projected archive photographs was performed on 4th November at the Abbey Theatre, Nuneaton.

Rehearsal Filmed - and BBC Midlands Today featured the play and interview with Susan Moore on 3rd November 2011.

For photographs from the play - see PHOTOS from play page.

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