Justin A. Brummer, PhD 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 15+ years he has developed the VWSP to be a unique cultural-historical living archive, cataloguing, analysing, and digitising music that references the war. Containing 6,000+ 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 worked with media and academic institutions. 

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)".


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, 2024

Vietnam War Song Project

Justin Brummer, Founding Editor


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


Vietnam War: Peace, Protest, & Anti-War Songs

A collection of peace, protest, and anti-war songs referencing the Vietnam War

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: European Songs

Vietnam War songs from Europe

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.


Justin Brummer


Vietnam War Song Project (VWSP)


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