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Exploring the Soundtrack of the Rock N' Roll War

  "Time to Lay it Down - The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War" is a two-part documentary special that explores music created during the Vietnam War. The music of the time expressed the deep divisions in the U.S., provided a life line for GIs in Vietnam, and provided veterans with a source of healing when they came home. 

 The Vietnam War raged throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos over a 19 year period from November 1955 to April 1975. The war intensified deep social divisions within the United States, and many civilians and soldiers alike turned to music for comfort, direction, or purpose. 
     "Time to Lay it Down" is a two-part documentary that explores the music that came out of the Vietnam Era, including folk, country, blues, R&B, and rock and roll musicians. Notable mentions include Noel "Paul" Stookey and Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary, Tom Paxton, Country Joe McDonald, Graham Nash, John Fogerty, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and Marvin Gaye.
     The relationship between music and the GIs fighting overseas is also explored, both before and after the war. Discover what music meant to the GIs stationed thousands of miles away, how they created their own soundtrack to maintain their sanity and connection home, and how music helped those Vietnam veterans to heal from such a divisive, destructive war. 

      This musical special will be airing on Sounds Good next Thursday, October 5, from 11 am to 1 pm. 

Credit WPSU Penn State
Graham Nash, Marvin Gaye, Merle Haggard and more are explored in WPSU Penn State's Production of "Time to Lay it Down"

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
Melanie Davis-McAfee graduated from Murray State University in 2018 with a BA in Music Business. She has been working for WKMS as a Music and Operations Assistant since 2017. Melanie hosts the late-night alternative show Alien Lanes, Fridays at 11 pm with co-host Tim Peyton. She also produces Rick Nance's Kitchen Sink and Datebook and writes Sounds Good stories for the web.
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