2. TROUBLE SONGS
Stuart Bailie bloomfield press
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.