Rock Hall Hosting Event – Soundtrack To The Vietnam War

The Soundtrack to the Vietnam War – Author Series with Craig Werner and Doug Bradley
(Event will be followed by a book signing)

Thursday, December 3, 2015 – 7pm

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Foster Theater (4th Floor)

This event is free with reservation. Seating is limited. To RSVP, visit the Rock Hall’s online ticketing page.

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Doug Bradley and Craig Werner will discuss their newest book, We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack to the Vietnam War, which casts a new and unique light on the music of the 1960s, emphasizing the way that actual listeners embedded music in the fabric of their daily lives, and the way that music helps heal psychic wounds.

The book includes the voices, often in the form of solos composed specially for this book, of many of the most prominent writers and musicians who have contributed to the story, among them Eric Burdon, Country Joe (of Country Joe and the Fish), James Brown, John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen, Karl Marlantes, William Ehrhart, Yusef Komunyakaa and Alfredo Vea.

It reaches past the myths and distortions that dominate our cultural memory to see Vietnam for what it was: a shared story of suffering and survival, of love surrounded by unfathomable loss.

Doug Bradley, author of DEROS Vietnam, has written extensively about his Vietnam, and post-Vietnam, experiences. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in March 1970 and served one year as an information specialist (journalist) at U.S. Army Republic of Vietnam (USARV) headquarters near Saigon.

Craig Werner is a widely respected music writer whose book A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race and the Soul of America is used in dozens of classes on popular music. He is a member of the Nominating Committee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Bradley and Werner teach a course together on music, media, and the Vietnam War at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.