Sights and sounds of a world at war
MSU journalism Professor Bill McWhirter, who saw music's impact on the front lines when he worked as a war correspondent for Time magazine in Vietnam, said war-related music served less as a reminder to soldiers about war, and it served more as their escape from reality.
"It's a high without much meaning or lasting effect," he said. "When the beer and music wore off they were still in a place they didn't want to be.
"If rock 'n' roll was supposed to tell you life was fun, this life was not fun."