Mark your calendars for November 18, 19, 20. Those are the dates for “…Next Stop Is Vietnam: The War on Record, 1961-2008,” a three-day symposium examining the music of the Vietnam War sponsored by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison.
The event is co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Integrated Liberal Studies Program, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Wisconsin Public Television, and the Monona Terrace and Convention Center. It also is part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The opening event is a presentation beginning at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 18, at the Museum titled “Distant Drums, Sky Pilots, and Green Berets: The Music of the Vietnam Era.” The evening’s speaker is Hugo Keesing, the producer of the massive new 13-disc CD, Next Stop is Vietnam.
On Friday, November 19, at noon the Museum will host “I Believe I’m Gonna Make It”: A Conversation about Southern Music and the Vietnam War with Charles Hughes, a PhD candidate in history at UW-Madison, and Bill C. Malone, the host of “Back to the Country” on WORT-FM.
At 3:00 that day at the Monona Terrace and Convention Center Theater there will be a panel discussion entitled “Does Anybody Know I’m Here?”: Black Music and the Black Experience in Vietnam. Taking part will be William Bell, a Stax Records artist who served with the 25th Infantry Division in 1962-63; Art Flowers, a Vietnam veteran, novelist, poet, and Professor of English at Syracuse University; Clyde Stubblefield, a drummer who played with James Brown during his 1968 Vietnam tour; and Lauren Onkey, Vice President of Education and Public Programs for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Saturday at noon the Museum hosts a concert by singer/songwriter and VVA member Lem Genovese; Marty Heuer, who served with the 174th AHC and was a founding member of High-Priced Help and Three Majors and Minor; Jim Walktendonk, a singer/songwriter and former 18th MP Dog Handler; and Hugo Keesing.
The final event begins at 2:00 at the Museum: “We Gotta Get Out of This Place”: Music and the Vietnam Experience, a panel discussion with journalist and Vietnam veteranDoug Bradley and author Craig Werner, who is an professor of Afro-American Studies at UW-Madison.
All events are free and open to the public. For more info, call 608-261-0541, or go to the museum’s website.
Posted on October 27th 2010 in Conferences, Music