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Monday, February 20, 2006

Favorite rock songs of Vietnam vets

Remember "We've Gotta Get Out of this Place," by the Animals? It's the all-time favorite rock song of Vietnam vets, according to University of Wisconsin authors Doug Bradley and Craig Werner. Some of the other favorites:

"Chain of Fools," by Aretha Franklin. The authors say this song reflected the growing disenfranchisement between the "grunts" and the chain of command. The song resonates especially strongly with African-American vets.

"Fortunate Son," by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Werner says CCR's "Who'll Stop the Rain" and "Run Through the Jungle" are also high on the list.

"What's Goin' On," by Marvin Gaye. "The whole tapestry it weaves" has a lot of meaning to vets, says Werner, especially since a good portion of the song is about Gaye's brother's experience in Vietnam.

Interesting how the themes of those songs are still alive and well today. Isn't it time we started evolving?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, lets not forget, “Detroit City”, and “Flowers in Her Hair” It just might depend on what time frame you were there.

James Machin
1st Cav 2/5th 1968 to 69

2:03 PM  

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