Justin Brummer, PhD


Founding Editor of the Vietnam War Song Project (VWSP)

About


Justin Brummer is the founding editor of the Vietnam War Song Project (VWSP). He started compiling, writing, and editing this project in 2007 to share his Vietnam War song collection. Over the last 10+ years he has developed the VWSP to be a unique cultural-historical living archive, cataloguing, analysing, and digitising music that references the war. Containing 5,000+ songs, the project is now a respected academic resource and a significant source of reference in popular culture. As part of the project, he has written articles, consulted with artists, and promoted the project through social media. 

He gained his PhD in history from University College London (UCL) in April 2012 on the subject of Anglo-American relations 1969-1974. He also conducted research on "British policy, the Vietnam War and East of Suez (1964-1967)", and "British policy towards Palestine (1914-1917)".

Publications


Vietnam on Record: An Incomplete Discography


Hugo Keesing, Wouter Keesing, C.L. Yarbrough, Justin Brummer


University of Maryland, Modern Songs of War and Conflict: Keesing Collection on Popular Music and Culture, 2021


Vietnam War Song Project


Justin Brummer


2021


The Vietnam War: A History in Song


Justin Brummer


History Today, 2018


Anglo-American relations and the EC enlargement, 1969-1974


Justin Brummer


University College London (UCL), U. of London, 2012


Anglo-American relations & the Vietnam War, 1964-1967


Justin Brummer


King's College London, U. of London, 2004

Projects




Vietnam War: My Lai & Lt. William Calley Songs


A collection of songs and spoken-word recordings referencing Lt. William Calley and the My Lai Massacre




Vietnam War: Kent / Jackson State Songs


Songs about or referencing the Kent State shootings ("May 4 massacre" or the "Kent State massacre"), and the Jackson State killings.




Vietnam War: Soul, Gospel, & Funk Records


Vietnam War songs in the genres of soul, doo-wop, R&B, gospel, and funk




Vietnam War: the Blues


Vietnam War songs in the blues music genre




Vietnam War: Punk Songs


A collection of punk songs that reference the Vietnam War




Vietnam War: Australian & New Zealand Songs


A collection of Vietnam War songs and spoken-word records from Australia & New Zealand




Vietnam War: Mexican-American Songs


Mexican-American songs about the Vietnam War. This includes songs from the Chicano movement, Tex-Mex, Tejano, and other sub-genres performed by Mexican-Americans.




Vietnam War: Puerto Rican Songs


Puerto Rican songs about the Vietnam War




Vietnam War: Latin & Central American, & Caribbean Music


Vietnam War songs influenced by Latin, Central American & Caribbean music, covering various genres and countries




Vietnam War: 1968 Chicago Seven / Eight Songs


Songs about or referencing demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, held in Chicago, Illinois, USA, where eight protesters were arrested. They are known as the Chicago Seven and Chicago Eight




Vietnam War: P.O.W. / M.I.A. Songs


Vietnam War songs about US Prisoners of War (P.O.W.) and the Missing in Action (M.I.A.) - also known as the POW/MIA issue




Vietnam War: Veterans Memorial Wall Songs


Song about or referencing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., sometimes called the "Black Wall".




Vietnam War: Christmas Songs


Songs that reference the Vietnam War and Christmas




Vietnam War: Children on Record


Children & teenagers singing / talking about the Vietnam War on record




Post-War American Political Songs Project


US post-war presidents: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush. Key political figures eg. MLK and Wallace, and major wars / issues eg. Iranian hostage crisis, the Gulf War etc.


Contact


Justin Brummer


vietnamsongs@gmail.com

Vietnam War Song Project (VWSP)