Thevietnam war and the music of

Richard Nixon won the election and soon became the focus of protest.

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They loved Hendrix and Nancy Sinatra, and especially songs that had anything to do with going home, because that was their main goal. Realizing, of course, that every soldier had their own special song that helped bring them home.

The deep-seated resentment felt by so many Americans — against those on college campuses, those who defied military orders, those who questioned American patriotism — cannot be ignored, and they, too, turned to music that provided solace.

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AP This article is more than 3 years old. The first wave of songs appeared between the peace agreement and the fall of Saigon.

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Many artists were not shy about confronting the unethical activities of serving soldiers on furlough. Two prominent themes dominated the new batch of songs. Many American songs of this period focused on returning prisoners of war. Fewer than 80 American deaths were recorded between and , compared to over 16, in alone. The real victims of this farce of course, were common American youths not only of draft age in , but also children who for the following 10 years, would be coming of age during a war that seemed to have no logical end to it. Rather, the songs afforded a set of overlapping fields for making, sharing, and at times rejecting meaning. The diverse group of Americans who were fighting generally had to listen to music together, if they wanted to listen at all. And so many didn't make it. King was not the first person to express this view. Would the public have been so lenient? According to USA Today , the people interviewed for the film were even asked to provide their 10 favorite songs from the war years. Without question, however, individual understandings of the music changed over the course of time. Folk singer Pete Seeger conducts an instrument-making session at the Newport, Rhode Island, folk festival in July

Detroit City by Bobby Bare ; No. Third, in the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret study on the history of the war, commissioned inwas leaked to the New York Times by military analyst Daniel Ellsberg.

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It was the same music that your non-soldier peers were listening to in America, so it was a shared soundtrack. Gaye would not be the first or the last musician to address pressing social issues through contemporary song. To many, students on college campuses knew nothing about the true meaning of sacrifice. Army tours of duty in Vietnam, which meant that Uncle Sam would send me back home exactly days later — on Nov. Patriotic songs supporting the government and troops filled the country charts and radio stations from the JFK to the Nixon eras of the war. The steady hand Burns applied to the realities of hands-on combat between the abolitionist northern states and the southern states helped turn the tide of American thought back toward a more rational understanding of how history played out to create the present reality. US military involvement in Vietnam was over, but the war continued to reverberate throughout American society. Was Otis Redding thinking of Vietnam? They had catapulted Nixon to the presidency and fueled a resurgent conservative political movement. Doug was drafted into the U.

Music did play an important role in the war, but only as a way to unite Americans; like the films, radio reports and newspapers accounts of the era, World War II music resounded with patriotism. Applied to veterans, it referred to feelings of guilt or shame about the war, influenced by the domestic climate they had returned to.

Thevietnam war and the music of

But the sounds offered more than simple escape.

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