This book begins its tale about Paul Shaw and his dad Jim Shaw in the year 1963 in England, but quickly backtracks to 1959 in Beverly Hills, California. Then it moves forward again while making passing mention of Paul Shaw's mother, and making a backhanded remark about his brother Melville.
The author of the book is Ian Cowper Ross whose father is named Charles Edward; his mother is named Phyllis, and his considerably older step-brother is named Charles Cowper. All of them have the surname of Ross.
It is like looking for a needle in a haystack trying to find the truth about the contents of this book, but the truth is there to be found, and we have now found much of it, and that includes the story of a car wash, which believe it or not, unlocks many more details that lead to the true tale about the creation of Radio Caroline in 1964. There was a reason why this book was published in 1990 as a pseudo-novel, because it allowed for the injection of a tale that is completely bogus, but one that has sent all of the writers about Radio Caroline to charge off down a blind alley. In 1990 misdirection was necessary to mislead enquiring minds, and the book was necessary in 1990 to relaunch the life and means to living of Ian Cowper Ross.
But really the big key to making sense of this book is knowing all about the Kenco coffee shop on King's Road in Chelsea. That is the same coffee shop where we have already been told by email not to pay so much attention. However, knowing exactly where that shop is, and knowing a lot more about the step-brother of Ian Cowper Ross, are the twin keys to unlocking a series of mysteries about the creation of Radio Caroline in 1964.
We will of course eventually reveal what we already know, but in the meantime we want to finish reporting the rest of Ray Clark's interview with Ian Cowper Ross accompanied by our own commentary.