Rock and Roll and the Vietnam War

When I was in High School, my father took me to see “Apocalypse Now” one of my all time favourite films. When I walked out of the cinema, I thought that the Vietnam War was a psychedelic, rock and roll acid trip that was both exotic and cool. Well, a few years later I saw “Platoon” and that put the kibosh on that image forever but I always held a fascination with the effect that rock and roll had on the people that fought that war (especially after seeing “Good Morning Vietnam”). Now, war is a brutal, ugly and destructive thing, let’s get that out front right now and I have zero experience with it but I often thought that the power of rock and roll (and music in general) then as now somehow helped a lot of scared kids through that horrifying experience. This was confirmed after reading a story in a recent edition of Mojo of James Brown’s tour of Vietnam in 1968 and the effect his trip had on the troops. After a quick Google search, I came across this article “Vietnam and Rock and Roll” by Michael W. Rodriguez that I think is an excellent read. If you think so, let him know.