Songs of the Bad War

Jun 11, 2021 | U.S. | 0 comments

‘The killing and dying, it was all done in vain. Oh Willie McBride, it all happened again.”The killing and dying, it was all done in vain. Oh Willie McBride, it all happened again.’

U.S. Army 2nd Division soldiers in combat against German forces during World War One. (National Archvies/Handout via Reuters)

‘The killing and dying, it was all done in vain. Oh Willie McBride, it all happened again.’

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s the Iraq War was going sour in 2007, I interviewed the acerbic and authoritative rock critic, Robert Christgau. I was seeking comment on what seemed like a dearth of present anti-war music compared with the past. Without exactly telling me I was an idiot kid gulled by Boomer propaganda, he corrected me. There was hardly any anti-war music in the 1960s, he said. Movies had projected the few major anti-war songs such as “Fortunate Son” backward by a few years in our collective memory. Just look at the charts; some of the California sound was coming in. But Frank

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