Songs and literature inspired by the Vietnam War

For Australia, the Vietnam War finally ended in 1972. In the years prior, during and after the War, songs, film and literature have surfaced, particularly from the US, to leave an impression of a War unlike any other experienced by Australians.

Below are a few of the songs influenced by Vietnam War, songs that have made an impact to how we live our lives today.

This particular song, I was only 19 by Redgum, demonstrates the pain and torture our Australian soldiers felt each day whilst at Vietnam.

You can find more information on Redgum, Here.

Country Joe McDonald, Lead singer of rockband Country Joe & the Fish, at the 1969 Woodstock Festival performing an anti-Vietnam protest. You can find more information about Country Joe & the Fish‚Äč or his rockbands hit song, I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die.

More music videos on the vietnam war or songs of the time


The literature of the Vietnam war

"Listen to these authentic voices of the Vietnam war. They come to us after the journalists, the generals and the politicians have had their say. No full understanding of the most disastrous foreign war in American history can be complete without reading these letters from the GIs to their loved ones back home. They tell the total truth about the American soldier, and his feelings about the Vietnam war." -- Peter Arnett

The literature of the vietnam war stories aren't always about war, per se. they aren't about bombs and bullets and military maneuvers. They aren't about tactics, they aren't about foxhole and canteens. A war story, like any good story, is finally about the human heart. ---- Tim O'Brien

Updated by - Laine & Maddy 2010