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Vietnam Americas First Rock-and-Roll War The Vietnam War could not compare to any other war the United States had seen before The average age of soldiers was 19 and some figures gather that 90 percent were all under the age of 23 This was also the first war in which the GIs listened to antiwar and protest songs while fighting in the conflict In previous wars the music had always been supportive more or less hiding the truth of what was really going on With Vietnam it actually told the soldiers and their families what was really happening murdering innocent people for a lost or unknown reason Like may people back home many GIs brought their taste of music into the front lines Rock was the most popular type of music at that time World War II was different from the Vietnam War in that the forties witnessed a unified mission of fighting fascism and Nazism In the latter stages of the Vietnam War there was no such unity of purpose Music has always provided need relief during wartime but in WWII and Korea there was not the separation in musical preference between enlisted men and officers that occurred during the Vietnam War Soldiers often complained that Armed Forces Vietnam Radio broadcasts were geared to officers with light classical music scattered among what the soldiers called lame tennybopperish polka party or bubble-gum music One soldier who spoke anonymously in Rolling Stone called Armed Forces Radio the worlds censoredtiest small-town Midwest old-women-right-wing plastic useless propagandizing bummer unturned-on controlled low-fidelity non-stereo type of music ever According to an interview in Rolling Stone most enlisted men preferred hard rock or psychedelic music 30 percent enjoyed rhythm and blues 10 percent country 5 percent classical and 10 percent folk There were many different types of rock music However the most popular was protest music During the late 1960s the rock culture and protest music became known as
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