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We Gotta Get Out of this Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War

  • May 25, 2023
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Oakwood Village West Performing Arts Center


  • Free and Open to the Public

    Registration Required


Thursday May 25, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

In-Person at Oakwood Village West Performing Arts Center

6205 Mineral Point Road

Registration is Not Required


This presentation by Doug Bradley and the Vets on Frets explores how and why U.S. troops in  Vietnam turned to music as a way of connecting to each other and the world back home and of coping with the complexities of the war they had been sent to fight.

Vets on Frets, an acoustic guitar group made up of veterans and led by PLATO member Rick Larson, will play some of the songs we'll be discussing.  Vets on Frets grew out of the Guitars for Vets program in Madison.  They play popular, rock, folk, and country music from the 1960s and 70s.

Doug Bradley has worked for the UW for three decades, is a Vietnam War veteran, and has written three books, "DEROS Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle", "Who'll Stop the Rain: Respect, Remembrance, and Reconciliation in Post-Vietnam America", and co-authored, with Professor Craig Werner, "We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War" which was named Best Music Book of 2015 by Rolling Stone magazine.   He and Dr. Werner co-taught a popular class at UW–Madison on the music of the Vietnam War.


Parking:  Oakwood Village University Woods

6205 Mineral Point Rd.

  •      Use the Island Drive entrance.
  •      Veer left and follow the drive to the 2nd driveway with sign “Heritage Oaks Parking Garage.”
  •      Turn right into driveway.
  •      Press the buzzer and the Oakwood desk attendant will buzz you in.  There are 70 parking stalls.  Park in outer parking stalls.  Take the elevator up one floor to the main entrance, turn right and walk through the mail box area into the lobby.  Ask at the desk for directions to the Performing Arts Center.
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Questions?  Contact lecture organizer Trish Iaccarino at


PLATO's COVID Protocol

1. Masks are not required.

2. However, persons wishing to wear a mask are encouraged to do so.

3. Health  protocols are subject to change as conditions change; PLATO reserves the right to change the protocols  accordingly.

4. You are asked to stay home if you are not feeling well.

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6209 Mineral Point Road #203
Madison, WI 53705

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