The Miami Showband Massacre

A Survivor's Search For Truth

By Stephen Travers, Neil Fetherstonhaugh

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The first edition of 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 2016 edition includes pertinent revelations regarding Collusion, elements of which are now being exposed.

Collusion (between British forces and Loyalist paramilitaries) is the last untold story of the Troubles and The Miami Showband Massacre confirms both speculation that the British ran “Loyalist Death Squads”, as well as Loyalist claims that their activities were not only tolerated but in fact fully supported by the British state. The Miami Showband Massacre demonstrates that it is no longer credible for the state to contend that Collusion refers to the activities of "a few bad apples". Collusion between official state forces and non-offical paramilitaries was state policy in Malaya, Kenya, Aden and elsewhere. You'd have to believe Northern Ireland was an exception to this historically established pattern if you were to contend that Collusion was not systemic.

The Miami Showband Massacre humanises the characters in this tragic event by outlining how they all met, their absolute love of music and how that bonded these souls together. The rise of the band is illustrated. So when the shocking end of the band comes in an instant through mass murder it is all the more shocking. Stephen Travers, the book's author and a survivor of that event, explores the aftermath and talks to a senior UVF man known as The Crafstman, as well as to the first detective on the scene of the murders. This is a poignant and shocking story made all the more disturbing by the growing evidence that the UVF's Glenanne Gang operated with something approaching official sanction.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Books Noir
Publication Date 4 Jan 2017
ISBN 9781904684251
Number of Pages 304

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