UPDATE 5th march 2020
THE MIAMI SHOWBAND MASSACRE has now been available on NETFLIX for a year this month. It has been seen all over the world by millions of viewers and brought the band’s story right back into the public eye. The response has been overwhelming.
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THE MIAMI SHOWBAND MASSACRE is the subject of an episode in the major new NETFLIX series that launched in October 2018, RE-MASTERED, an eight-part series which covers the impact of politics and violence on the lives of famous musicians, from Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Chile’s Victor Jara, Ireland’s The Miami Showband and others.
THE MIAMI SHOWBAND MASSACRE is episode 6 in the series , and airs in March 2019. The series starts in January 2019. Stephen Travers, one of two survivors of the massacre, tells the chilling story of how the band were stopped after a gig by what looked like a British Army checkpoint. But, in fact, the checkpoint was set up by the pro-British terrorists of the UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force), some of whom were also serving British Army soldiers.
We publish THE MIAMI SHOWBAND MASSACRE book, written by Stephen which describes his musical development and his joining of the band. This background makes what happened next all the more horrific as the reader really gets to know Stephen, and the band (made up of both Protestants and Catholics) as they make their innocent musical journey through such Troubled times in the Ireland of 1975, a journey stopped short – both literally and metaphorically – in the very early hours of 31st July of that year. Stephen’s recovery and his new personal journey, seeking both justice from the UK state which was culpable for the crime and peace for himself, and for his island, is one that inspires. His determination to overcome every obstacle the UK state has put in front of him to stop the truth coming out and his desire and work for peace and reconciliation in Ireland astounds those who hear him speak, and who read his vital book. The meeting between Stephen and the senior UVF man many years after the atrocity at the end of the book has the reader’s heart in his/her mouth.
Stephen has appeared many times on TV and radio telling his story. Many hosts, including the not-easily shocked George Galloway (who hosted Stephen on both his TV and radio shows) will tell you that Stephen’s account of these terrible events – and his subsequent search for truth – is amongst the most chilling and inspiring stories they’ve heard.
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Stephen travels around Ireland (and soon hopefully in the UK soon too) doing events with The Truth and Reconciliation Platform. This organisation addresses the legacy of The Troubles and was founded by Eugene Reavey and Stephen Travers, which seeks to share the reality of victims’ experiences and “embrace reconciliation whilst standing alongside those who tirelessly campaign for justice and truth.”
Keep up to date with this on Twitter @TAR_PLATFORM and @MiamiShowband .
Below is an example of a previous event to give you a flavour of these very important events.
Here’s a link to the Nexflix Documentary preview in Irish Central
and in Rolling Stone Magazine
and from NETFLIX official site
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SOMETIMES TERRORISTS JUST PICK ON THE WRONG COUNTRY
By Phil Mac Giolla Bháin
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Published June 22nd 2018
ISBN : 9781904684336
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Publication 22nd June 2018
Category – Fiction/Thriller
FORMAT 198 x 130mm
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THE SQUAD is a fast-paced spy adventure thriller set in Ireland’s post-conflict landscape and against the backdrop of the global War on Terror. After suicide bombings in Dublin, two ex-Provos affected by the bombing join the frantic race against time to find other would-be martyrs. They are joined by an old adversary – a retired Special Branch officer – and two newcomers to Ireland; a doctor from Morocco and a young, Polish ex-soldier, also affected by the blast. All that stands between Ireland and certain carnage is this unlikely alliance of misfits.
Phil Mac Giolla Bháin is an author, playwright, blogger and journalist. Phil was the author of the best-selling Downfall – How Rangers FC Self Destructed. Phil is an active member of the National Union of Journalists and now also Chairperson of The Irish Writers’ Union. Phil has contributed to publications as diverse as An Phoblacht, The Guardian, The Irish Independent, Magill magazine and The Irish Post. He has also built up a considerable online readership through his blog – www.philmacgiollabhain.ie. His use of the online platform to break stories has brought him acclaim from media commentators and colleagues. His last two plays (Hame and Rebellion) played to full houses in Glasgow and received favourable reviews. Phil can be found on Twitter @Pmacgiollabhain where he has 38,000 followers
VENEER OF CIVILISATION
By WILL BLACK
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ISBN : 9781904684725
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Publication DATE 14th JUNE
Category Current Affairs/Psychology
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The book brings together politics, psychology, literature and anthropology, discussing ways in which the veneer of civilisation can be eroded by events or dramatically torn away, Veneer Of Civilisation also considers paradoxes such as one nation claiming to be civilised even as it drops bomb on a country where civilians.
The potential erosion of civilisation in the US and Europe by the Far-Right, who exploit the violence of groups like Daesh to justify racist narratives, is examined. This includes a focus on Anders Breivik and his attempt to spark a Europe-wide civil war, Jo Cox’s killer Thomas Mair, the banned Nazi group, National Action and attempts to rebrand the far-right with the term ‘alt-right’.
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Will Black is an anthrojournalist with a background working in specialist psychiatric services. His latest book, Veneer of Civilisation, brings together anthropology, politics and psychology to examine vulnerabilities of human civilisation. He is also the author of Psychopathic Cultures and Toxic Empires, which drew on clinical experience and an anthropological perspective, and Beyond the End of the World, which was based on postgraduate research into apocalyptic movements and cults. Will lives in Cambridge and can be found on twitter @WillBlackWriter where he has 95,000 followers.
THE MIAMI SHOWBAND MASSACRE
By STEPHEN TRAVERS & NEIL FETHERSTONHAUGH
ISBN : 9781904684251
EAN : 9781904684251
Category Current Affairs/History/Irish Interest
FORMAT 198 x 130 mm B Format Paperback
The Miami Showband Massacre, published in 2007 was the long awaited inside story of the band, the massacre and its controversial aftermath.
The atrocity was headlined all over Ireland and beyond as The Day The Music Died as The Miami Showband was the most popular band in Ireland at the time. On July 31st 1975 their mini bus was stopped by what looked like a British Army patrol but was in fact the Loyalist terrorist group’s UVF’s notorious Glenanne Gang, some of whom were in the British Army’s locally recruited UDR regiment.
The terrorists planted a bomb in the mini bus which exploded prematurely killing two of the bombers immediately. Their comrades then machine gunned the band, killing three and leaving the author, seriously injured Stephen Travers, to play dead in order to survive. Since publication much more of the Collusion between the UVF gang responsible and the British Military Intelligence has come to light and this 2017 edition includes pertinent revelations regarding Collusion, elements of which are now being exposed.
Stephen Travers was one of two band members who survived the UVF’s attack on The Miami Showband in 1975. A gifted musician, Stephen was already a rising star bass player when he joined Ireland s most successful Showband. Since the massacre Stephen has been very active in pursuing a campaign for peace, truth and justice for all victims on all sides of Ireland’s Troubles conflict. Stephen’s high-profile supporters include the present President of Ireland as well as the previous President and many many others. Neil Fetherstonhaugh is the News Editor of the Southside People Edition of the Dublin Newspaper Group, having been a reporter on the East edition of the paper. He also works on the Sunday World’s newsdesk as a reporter and on the on-line edition of the paper.
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