The just-posted November 10 Stars & Stripes has an excellent feature article that can be read on line, “Vietnam: The First Rock and Roll War ” by Sean Moores, that looks in depth at popular music and the Vietnam War.
The article, part of Stripes ‘ “Vietnam at 50 series, ” includes interviews with Vietnam veterans and sixties music specialists. Moores puts the Vietnam War music scene in historical perspective and also talks about the music at home, antiwar anthems, and music in the post-war years. There are sections on The Animals’ “We Gotta Get Out of This Place, ” and Barry Sadler’s “The Ballad of the Green Berets.”
Moores also mentions Bruce Springsteen’s benefit concert for Vietnam Veterans of America in 1981 in Los Angeles. As we wrote in the March-April issue of The VVA Veteran , after the concert Springsteen presented VVA a check for $100, 000 at a time when the organization was barely paying its bills.