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Trouble Songs: Music and Conflict In Northern Ireland Paperback – 1 May 2018

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Stuart Bailie (1 May 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1527220478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1527220478
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story of music and conflict in Northern Ireland since 1968. Trouble Songs is related by Bono, Christy Moore, the Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers, Orbital, Kevin Rowland, Terri Hooley, the Rubberbandits and the Miami Showband survivors. Musicians from punk, folk, rave and rock have responded to violence, bigotry and shocking events. The soundtrack includes remarkable work by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Sinead O'Connor, the Pogues, the Cranberries and Elvis Costello. Stuart Bailie, a Belfast-based music journalist and broadcaster, has spoken to over 60 participants and reveals many untold histories. Trouble Songs is an alternative hearing of the conflict, a testament to music's value as a persuader, agitator and peacemaker.

Content includes:

  • Bono, writing exclusively for the book about the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, about the lyrics to 'Sunday Bloody Sunday', the Enniskillen Bombing and his work with Christy Moore.
  • An explanation of how the killing of Thomas 'Kidso' Reilly in 1983 caused Gary Kemp to write 'Through The Barricades' and led to Bananarama's 'Rough Justice'.
  • Details of the death threat that was sent to The Clash when they planned to play a Derry festival in 1979.
  • Christy Moore explaining why he sang 'The Time Has Come' at the graveside of Martin McGuinness.
  • A behind-the-scenes description of the 'Yes' concert in May 1998, when Bono managed the first public handshake between John Hume and David Trimble - thus swinging the Good Friday Referendum vote.
  • Orbital explain the significance of their club anthem, 'Belfast'.
"A cracking book, warmly recommended. Seek out Stuart's book." - Stuart Maconie, BBC 6 Music.
"A dazzling achievement...an extraordinary and important book." - Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock.
"Beautifully written by an insider...a gobsmacking history." - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music.

More at www.troublesongs.com

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