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Belfast-based jour­nal­ist Stu­art Bailie gives an en­cy­clopaedic look at the wide va­ri­ety of mu­sic that was shaped by the Trou­bles. His book explores how protest songs in the late ’60s led very quickly to reprisals from se­cu­rity forces. In the decades that fol­lowed, death threats from paramil­i­taries struck at the heart of live mu­sic en­ter­tain­ment. Notably, The Clash were forced to can­cel an am­bi­tious gig in Derry be­cause of a threat from the Red Hand Com­man­dos. And most trag­i­cally of all, the Mi­ami Show­band mas­sacre proved that even mu­si­cians weren’t ex­empt from the vi­o­lence of the time.

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