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  • The Vietnam War: The Sound of War

    Spanning from late 1955 through to 1975, the twenty years in which the Vietnam War were fought coincided with the recording of a vast quantity of music that shaped the era.

    Curated to reflect music’s importance to the time and events, the soundtrack of The Vietnam War boasts over 120 iconic songs.

    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and many more artists feature during the 10-part series.

    Each episode is accompanied by music recorded during the time the episode spans.

    The way the music is paired to the actuality that is shown draws on the emotions and can be downright haunting.

    The filmmakers also entered a partnership with Spotify to create the 'Echoes of Vietnam' playlist.

    The playlist incorporates the music from the documentaries soundtrack, with the addition of covers performed by modern artists.

    Only two covers have been released so far. The Lumineers cover Bob Dylan’s 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' and John Baptiste covers Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s 'Ohio' with help from Leon Bridges and Gary Clark Jr.

    The covers still capture the essence of the originals, but provide a modern context.

    For example when listening to John Baptiste’s cover of Ohio, a song about the National Guard shooting four students dead at a peaceful protest in 1970, it’s hard not to draw parallels with excessive police violence in modern America. 

    You can watch the full season of The Vietnam War here.

     

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