WPSU Logo WPSU The Vietnam War:
Telling the Pennsylvania Story
Time to Lay it Down Vinyl

Vietnam... a war with a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack. But there’s so much more to that soundtrack than most of us realize.

Time to Lay It Down ~ The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War is a two-part audio documentary that explores the music that expressed the deep divisions about the war in American society, and provided a life line for GIs in Vietnam, as well as a source of healing when they came home.

Part 1: The Battle of the Airwaves

Explores the complex soundtrack of the Vietnam war as it played out at home, and takes listeners on a musical journey that begins when few Americans had even heard of Vietnam, to a time further down the road when music exposed the fractures that divided the country.

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Part 2: The Soundtrack in Vietnam

Presents the soundtrack of the Vietnam War as it was heard in Vietnam, a discordant mix of radio broadcasts, bootleg music, and songs created and sung by Americans and Vietnamese, all against a backdrop of terrifying combat sounds, clashing with voices from the American government promising victory.

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Interview on The 11th Hour, WRTA Altoona

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Credits & Support

Artist Voices

  • William Bell
  • Chip Dockery
  • John Fogerty
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Hershel Gober
  • Merle Haggard
  • Kris Kristofferson
  • Country Joe McDonald
  • Graham Nash
  • Tom Paxton
  • Noel Paul Stookey
  • Peter Yarrow

Soldier Voices

  • Doug Bradley
  • Ron Curtis
  • Art Flowers
  • Lou Frank
  • Roger Steffens


  • Frank Christopher, Producer/Writer/Sound Designer/Editor
  • Jerry Zolten, Producer/Writer/Host
  • Dante DiAndrea, Editor
  • Kennedey Bell, Assistant Editor, Researcher
  • Mickey Klein, Audio Mixer
  • Jen Bortz, Audio Recordist
  • Shirley Irvin, Transcription



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  • Thomas F. Songer, the Second and Sara Hine Songer
  • American Legion Post #245
  • Linda Koch