We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War by Craig WernerFor a Kentucky rifleman who spent his tour trudging through Vietnam’s Central Highlands, it was Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.” For a “tunnel rat” who blew smoke into the Viet Cong’s underground tunnels, it was Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.” For a black marine distraught over the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., it was Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools.” And for countless other Vietnam vets, it was ”I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” or the song that gives this book its title.
In We Gotta Get Out of This Place, Doug Bradley and Craig Werner place popular music at the heart of the American experience in Vietnam. They explore how and why U.S. troops turned to music as a way of connecting to each other and the World back home and of coping with the complexities of the war they had been sent to fight.
They also demonstrate that music was important for every group of Vietnam veterans — black and white, Latino and Native American, men and women, officers and “grunts” — whose personal reflections drive the book’s narrative. Many of the voices are those of ordinary soldiers, airmen, seamen, and marines.
But there are also “solo” pieces by veterans whose writings have shaped our understanding of the war — Karl Marlantes, Alfredo Vea, Yusef Komunyakaa, Bill Ehrhart, Arthur Flowers — as well as songwriters and performers whose music influenced soldiers’ lives, including Eric Burdon, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Country Joe McDonald, and John Fogerty. Together their testimony taps into memories — individual and cultural — that capture a central if often overlooked component of the American war in Vietnam.
We Were Soldiers - main (intro) soundtrack - extended version
Hal Moore and reporter Joseph L. Galloway , it dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, Viet Minh commander Nguyen Huu An orders his soldiers to "kill all they send, and they will stop coming". Eleven years later, the United States is fighting the Vietnam War. After arriving in Vietnam, he learns that an American base has been attacked , and is ordered to take his men after the enemy and eliminate the North Vietnamese attackers, despite the fact that intelligence has no idea of the number of enemy troops.
We were soldiers (2002) Soundtrack
Sgt MacKenzie - We Were Soldiers Soundtrack with Lyrics
Since the song was written by Steve Rosen and country singer Paul Brandt, neither Cash nor Matthews was asked to catch a movie screening. There's nothing unique about musicians contributing songs to movie soundtracks, but India. Arie, Train and other artists are being asked to watch screenings of the upcoming Vietnam war film "We Were Soldiers" before submitting their tracks, a practice usually reserved for score composers. The song tells the story of a family man who gets shipped off to battle and he and his wife have to face the possibility he might not be coming home. Five for Fighting's song is not yet finished or titled. Soundtrack co-producer Ken Levitan invited the two to work together, and since they shared a mutual respect for one another's work, both were happy to accept the offer. However, Cash and Matthews recorded their parts in different locations.