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Craig Werner: "Chain of Fools": A Vietnam Veteran's Top 40

Kathryn Metz

Craig Werner discussed the story of music and the Vietnam experience. His talk drew from his current project, a book entitled We Gotta Get Out of This Place: Music, Memory and the Vietnam War, co-authored with Doug Bradley. The book tells the story of music and the Vietnam experience through the music-based memories of scores of veterans. Werner is a Professor of English and Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches literature, music and cultural history. He is the author of many books, including Higher Ground: Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield and the Rise and Fall of American Soul; A Change is Gonna Come: Music, Race, and the Soul of America and Up Around the Bend: An Oral History of Creedence Clearwater Revival. He has written liner notes for re-releases of classic soul albums and contributed to numerous radio and television documentaries on topics ranging from the Harlem Renaissance to Motown. This talk was made possible by Case Western Reserve University.