Craig Werner will speak on music of the Vietnam era at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, in the Waupaca Area Public Library.
Presented by Winchester Academy, “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” examines the role music played in the experience of Vietnam veterans, both while they were out of the country and when they returned home.
Werner’s connection with Vietnam veterans goes back to growing up in Colorado Springs near Fort Carson. He currently works with the Vietnam veteran writing group, “The Deadly Writers Patrol,” which publishes a literary magazine of the same name.
He is completing work on a book about music in Vietnam in collaboration with Doug Bradley, who served in Vietnam in 1970-71.
Werner is a literary critic and cultural historian who teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a professor of Afro-American Studies and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities.
His books include Up Around the Bend: An Oral History of Creedence Clearwater Revival and A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race and the Soul of America. Werner has contributed to numerous radio and television documentaries on topics ranging from the Harlem Renaissance to Motown. He als is a member of the Nominating Committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Carl Koch, formerly of Waupaca, now residing in Eau Claire, is the sponsor of Werner’s program.
The program is free and open to the public.