Songs of the Bad War

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.’

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A 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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