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Myth, Memory, and the Music of the Vietnam War

Doug Bradley
Coauthor of We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War

and

Craig Werner
Professor of Afro-American Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Coauthor of We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War

in conversation with

Christian Appy
Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Author of American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity

About the Event

Building on over 300 interviews with Vietnam veterans, Werner and Bradley reflect on the way that music provides a touchstone for making sense of experiences that, at the time, mostly didn't. The talk will incorporate snippets of songs with particular meaning for veterans, from obvious classics like "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die" and "Fortunate Son" to songs that veterans reworked for their own purposes, among them "These Boots Were Made for Walking," "Chain of Fools," and "Purple Haze." Their forthcoming book, We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of Vietnam, is one of the first oral-history based Vietnam books to incorporate the full range of veteran voices: those who served in all branches of the military; men and women; front line soldiers and those who served in the rear; African Americans, Latinos, and American Indians. For more information about We Gotta Get Out of This Place, visit http://www.umass.edu/umpress/title/we-gotta-get-out-place

Cosponsored with the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights.

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