13-CD set, LP-sized slipcase with 304-page hardcover book. 334 tracks, playing time: more than 16h:49min.
The most comprehensive anthology of music
inspired by the Vietnam War ever released. Over 330 titles covering all facets of the war and its aftermath featuring The Doors, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Country Joe McDonald
and dozens of other artists. Rarely heard documentary material including patriotic Public Service Announcements, field news reports and intercepted North Vietnamese radio transmissions of Jane Fonda
and Hanoi Hannah.
A heavily illustrated, full-colour 304-page book
containing extensive artist/song notes, Vietnam War history and recollections by vets on their favourite songs. Two discs of music exclusively by Vietnam veterans. Never-before-released tracks recorded during the war by in-country soldiers. Mister, Where Is Vietnam ...Next Stop Is Vietnam: The War On Record, 1961-2008 is a stunning, years-in-the-making anthology of the Vietnam War's musical legacy.
Presented on 13 CDs with a 304-page book illustrated with numerous archival photographs, this collection examines the war in a powerful and unprecedented way. Over 330 music and spoken word tracks take the listener through a guided tour of this epochal period of modern history.
From America's first, na called Vietnam through the spirited musical debate over the morality of the war to the healing meditations on the conflict's lengthy aftermath, this set captures it all and more.
Introduction written by the legendary Country Joe McDonaldBob Dylan, Joan Baez,Merle Haggard, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Ochs, Johnny Cash, Yoko Ono, John Lennon, The Doors, Country Joe McDonald
and dozens of other artists including many Vietnam veterans are the tour guides through this enlightening and entertaining journey. -
The full-color book that accompanies the music is packed with information on the songs and the artists who recorded them by music scholar Hugo A. Keesing; a history of the war by Vietnam historian Lois T. Vietri; and an oral history of the tunes that 'incountry' vets loved best by authors Doug Bradley and Craig Werner.
The introduction to this remarkable tome is written by the legendary Country Joe McDonald
. Strap in for a long and fascinating ride ...next stop is Vietnam. ..
Pressreview- Next Stop Is Vietnam:
NEXT STOP IS VIETNAM: THE WAR ON RECORD: 1961-2008 By the time you get to Huey Lewis and the News’ “Walking on a Thin Line,” on the 10th disc of this astonishing anthology, you need a little bit of Mr. Lewis’s optimistic rasp. Even though he’s singing from a post-traumatic-stress perspective; “Taught me how to shoot to kill/A specialist with a deadly skill.”For most of the hours before that point, the mood on this collection can’t help but be somber. There’s a war going on, and it sounds like it might never end.
The breadth and depth of the response of the popular music industry to battle may never top the level it reached during Vietnam, when seemingly every shift in the wind produced a spate of new songs. More than 300 selections are here — by one-off recording artists and by folk, rock, country and pop stars — including songs about shipping off to war (Johnnie Wright’s “Hello Vietnam”), questioning the draft (Phil Ochs’s “Draft Dodger Rag”), prisoners of war (Eldon Fault’s “Welcome Home P.O.W.”) and sinful behavior.
There are those sung by off-duty pilots (the Merrymen’s “Saigon Girls”) and about the Kent State shootings. (The Beach Boys’ “Student Demonstration Time”) As well as snippets of political speeches and military radio broadcasts and, of course, “Give Peace a Chance”. Many of the tracks were on small labels. Probably doomed to be lost without the very heavy work of collecting and contextualizing on display here. (The accompanying book has most of the stories behind the songs, photos and essays.)
It’s hard not to think of 2010 while listening to these songs.More than nine years have passed since the first strikes in Afghanistan, and more than seven since the invasion of Iraq. Apart from some Nashville jingoism and a handful of recordings by soldiers, war and its ravages feel like taboo topics.
What will tomorrow’s archivists do when there’s nothing to collect?
JON CARAMANICA NEW YORK TIMES 26.11.2010