4th ANNUAL HISTORY IN THE PARK
Sunday, August 25th, 1:00 pm
at the Deitz Shelter in Leonard-Leota Park
Doug Bradley presented:
WE GOTTA TO GET OUT OF THIS PLACE: THE SOUND TRACK OF THE VIETNAM WAR
“We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War” places popular music at the heart of the American experience in Vietnam. The presentation explores how and why U.S. troops turned to music as a way of connecting to each other and the World back home and of coping with the complexities of the war they had been sent to fight. It also demonstrates that music was important for every group of Vietnam veterans—black and white, Latino and Native American; men and women; officers and “grunts”—whose personal reflections drive the book’s narrative.
Doug Bradley is a veteran of the Vietnam war and has written two books, DEROS Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle and co-authored, with Professor Craig Werner, We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War which was named “Best Music Book of 2015” by Rolling Stone magazine. He and Dr. Werner co-taught a very popular class at UW–Madison on the music of the Vietnam War.