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American Popular Culture, #83: Songs of the Vietnam Conflict

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Offering the widest scope of any study of one of popular music's most important eras, Songs of the Vietnam Conflict treats both anti-war and pro-government songs of the 1960s and early 1970s, from widely known selections such as Give Peace a Chance and Blowin' in the Wind to a variety of more obscure works. These are songs that permeated the culture, through both recordings and performances at political gatherings and concerts alike, and James Perone explores the complex relationship between music and the society in which it is written. This music is not merely an indicator of the development of the American popular song; it both reflected and shaped the attitudes of all who were exposed to it.

Whereas in previous wars, musicians rallied behind the government in the way of Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber, the Vietnam conflict provoked anger, frustration, and rage, all of which comes through in the songs of the time. This reference work provides indispensable coverage of this phenomenon, in chapters devoted to Anti-War Songs, Pro-Government Songs, and what might be called Plight-of-the-Soldier (or Veteran) songs. A selected discography guides the reader to the most notable recordings, all of which, together, provide a unique and important perspective on perhaps the 20th century's most contentious time.

Synopsis:

Offering the widest scope of any study of one of popular music's most important eras, Songs of the Vietnam Conflict treats both anti-war and pro-government songs of the 1960s and early 1970s, from widely known selections such as "Give Peace a Chance" and "Blowin' in the Wind" to a variety of more obscure works. These are songs that permeated the culture, through both recordings and performances at political gatherings and concerts alike, and James Perone explores the complex relationship between music and the society in which it is written. This music is not merely an indicator of the development of the American popular song; it both reflected and shaped the attitudes of all who were exposed to it. Whereas in previous wars, musicians rallied behind the government in the way of Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber, the Vietnam conflict provoked anger, frustration, and rage, all of which comes through in the songs of the time. This reference work provides indispensable coverage of this phenomenon, in chapters devoted to Anti-War Songs, Pro-Government Songs, and what might be called Plight-of-the-Soldier (or Veteran) songs. A selected discography guides the reader to the most notable recordings, all of which, together, provide a unique and important perspective on perhaps the 20th century's most contentious time.

Synopsis:

Provides a detailed critical and musical analysis of nearly 150 songs related to and inspired by the Vietnam War and a selected discography of both original releases and reissues.

About the Author

JAMES PERONE is Associate Professor of Music at Mount Union College, and the author of many books on music, including Paul Simon: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood, 2000), Carole King: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood, 1999), and Orchestration Theory: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood, 1996).

Table of Contents

Preface

Background

Historical Perspective of the Conflict

The Relationship of Music and Society

Anti-War Songs

Pro-Government and Plight-of-the-Soldier Songs

Selected Discography

Song Title Index

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313315282
Author:
Perone, James E.
Publisher:
Greenwood
Author:
Perone, James
Location:
Westport, Conn.
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
Vietnamese conflict, 1961-1975
Subject:
Popular
Subject:
Popular music
Subject:
Songbooks - Popular
Subject:
Children's Baby - Music
Subject:
Vietnamese Conflict, 19
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Subject:
Music -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Popular music -- United States -- 1961-1970.
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Music -- History and criticism.
Series:
Music Reference Collection
Series Volume:
[bk. 2]no. 83
Publication Date:
20010831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
9.76x6.16x.73 in. 1.03 lbs.

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Pop Vocal
Arts and Entertainment » Music » History and Criticism
History and Social Science » Military » Vietnam War

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"Synopsis" by , Offering the widest scope of any study of one of popular music's most important eras, Songs of the Vietnam Conflict treats both anti-war and pro-government songs of the 1960s and early 1970s, from widely known selections such as "Give Peace a Chance" and "Blowin' in the Wind" to a variety of more obscure works. These are songs that permeated the culture, through both recordings and performances at political gatherings and concerts alike, and James Perone explores the complex relationship between music and the society in which it is written. This music is not merely an indicator of the development of the American popular song; it both reflected and shaped the attitudes of all who were exposed to it. Whereas in previous wars, musicians rallied behind the government in the way of Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber, the Vietnam conflict provoked anger, frustration, and rage, all of which comes through in the songs of the time. This reference work provides indispensable coverage of this phenomenon, in chapters devoted to Anti-War Songs, Pro-Government Songs, and what might be called Plight-of-the-Soldier (or Veteran) songs. A selected discography guides the reader to the most notable recordings, all of which, together, provide a unique and important perspective on perhaps the 20th century's most contentious time.
"Synopsis" by , Provides a detailed critical and musical analysis of nearly 150 songs related to and inspired by the Vietnam War and a selected discography of both original releases and reissues.
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