Craig Werner and Douglas Bradley, authors of We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Event date: 
Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 6:00pm

A Room of One's Own is delighted to welcome Douglas Bradley and Craig Werner for a reading and book signing of their book about the music of the Vietnam War!

In We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War, Doug Bradley and Craig Werner explore how and why U.S. troops turned to music as a way of coping with the complexities of the war they had been sent to fight. The personal reflections of the Vietnam veterans—black and white, Latino and Native American, men and women, officers and “grunts”—drive this book’s narrative.

"Of the many ways to relate the story of the Vietnam war, few are more vibrant and accessible than the way Doug Bradley and Craig Werner tell it. I devoured this book."—David Maraniss, author of They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967

"By letting the veterans and the music do the talking, Werner and Bradley take readers on a journey through the tension, sorrow, fear, and hope that defined American men and women’s service in Vietnam. The diversity of voices and songs reminds us that the home front and the battlefront are always connected and that music and war are deeply intertwined."—Heather Marie Stur, author of Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era

Doug Bradley, a Vietnam veteran, teaches a course on the war with Craig Werner, professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and author of Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and the Rise and Fall of American Soul. For information on how to get a playlist for this book, please see

Author photos by: Doug Bradley by Howard Sherpe and Craig Werner by Leslee Nelson

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218
We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War Cover Image
ISBN: 9781625341624
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Published: University of Massachusetts Press - October 21st, 2015