Twin Cities PBS hosted We Gotta Get Out of This Place concert, celebrating the soundtrack of the Vietnam War, as part of Minnesota Remembers Vietnam. This Veteran’s Day concert brought together Minnesota veterans and Minnesota musicians to read from the book, We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War (Culture, Politics, and The Cold War) by Doug Bradley and Craig Werner.
Listen to an all-star group of Minnesota musicians perform Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.”
This story is part of the collection The Call to Serve: Stories of Sacrifice, War and the Way Home, which was funded by the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation.
Read more from writer Doug Bradley, both a Vietnam War veteran and also someone who considers himself “part of the Woodstock generation.” In “Caught in the Devil’s Bargain,” he draws parallels between the war and the concert in an effort to show that “like so much about the 1960s, the Woodstock-Vietnam dialectic is a lot more nuanced, much more convoluted… A touch of grey if you will.”
Doug Bradley also shares the story of his friend, Jim Bodoh, a Certified Nurse Practitioner during the Vietnam War, and now a veteran who can still travel back to that time and place through a playlist of songs. Read “The answer may have been ‘Blowin’ in the Wind.’ But it wasn’t easy to find.”