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We Gotta Get Out of This Place

The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For a Kentucky rifleman who spent his tour trudging through Vietnam's Central Highlands, it was Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'". For a "tunnel rat" who blew smoke into the Viet Cong's underground tunnels, it was Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze". For a black marine distraught over the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., it was Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools". And for countless other Vietnam vets, it was "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die", "Who'll Stop the Rain", or the song that gives this book its title. In We Gotta Get Out of This Place, Doug Bradley and Craig Werner place popular music at the heart of the American experience in Vietnam. They explore how and why US 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. They also demonstrate 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.

©2015 University of Massachusetts Press (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Doug Bradley and Craig Werner's account of music's connection to the Vietnam War is intimate and deeply informative, with a scope that encompasses both the war itself and the way that music has helped raise awareness of veterans' issues long after its end...Nuanced and frequently moving." ( Rolling Stone)

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Running on Empty

I really have no clue how many layers my onion holds. GD book made me weep; made me wanna pray for forgiveness; made me mad as hell; made me realize how many different flavors of shit we ate.

Over the years I’ve come to believe that every American - of the age of reason alive then - are Vietnam veterans.

Like our own Civil War (“war between the states” my ass) our decent into the social chaos of the Vietnam Era has scarred our collective identity that the essence of being an American just doesn’t mean Jack Shit anymore.

A friend’s mother once said to him “What you are doing is shouting so loud I can’t hear what you are saying”.

This is one of the books that shouts so loud that we can’t continue to do what we have been doing.

I was at the party. People died so that I could go home. I was asleep then and have since spent time educating myself so that “I won’t get fooled again”.

Guess what? “They” were lying then and “they” are lying today. Eat with your back to the wall.

Good book, BTW. Candid views are contained within.

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