In honor of Veteran's Day, "Speaking of Books…" will temporarily become "Speaking of Music…" for the month of November.
Dr. Hugo Keesing will discuss the 13-CD box set he curated for Germany's Bear Family Records, Next Stop Is Vietnam: The War on Record, 1961-2008.
Over 330 music and spoken word tracks take the listener through a guided tour of this epochal period of modern history. From America's first, naive impressions of a country called Vietnam through the spirited musical debate over the morality of the war to the healing meditations on the conflict's lengthy aftermath, this set captures it all and more.
Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Merle Haggard, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Ochs, Johnny Cash, Yoko Ono, John Lennon, The Doors, Country Joe McDonald and dozens of other artists including many Vietnam veterans are the tour guides through this enlightening and entertaining journey.
Dr. Keesing, a former professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, contributed notes on the songs and the artists who recorded them for the 304-page book that accompanies the set. Learn more about the role music played in the Vietnam Conflict and other wars in the history of our country: