Oh, You Saigon Girls, Can’t You Dance the Polka!: Folksongs of Americans in the Vietnam War

Few are aware of the large body of songs that grew out of the American presence in Vietnam. Vietnam vet Saul Broudy, who collected songs from helicopter pilots during his Army tour of duty and went on to analyze them at Penn’s graduate program in folklore, will talk about the role songs and other folklore played in military life in Vietnam and how they reflect everyday life “in country.” He will present them both through live performance and tape-recordings actually made in Vietnam.

Saul Broudy, Ph.D.
Folklorist and Performer

Singing Workers: American Occupational Folksong

Before modern mass-media and widespread literacy, workers in various occupations made their own songs to express emotions, convey information, tell stories, solidify group identity and help them make it through the day. Through live performance, Saul Broudy presents the songs of railroad workers, coal miners, farmers, hobos, truck-drivers, pilots and other workers, and discusses the role this music played in the workers’ lives.

Saul Broudy, Ph.D.
Folklorist and Performer

All Over This Land: American Regional Folk Music

Though society is becoming increasingly homogeneous, regional expressive variation still exists and reflects the strength of our cultural differences. Through live performance (and occasional tapes of “the real thing”), Saul Broudy presents grassroots songs from various regions, such as Louisiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, California, the Appalachians, and Canada, and discusses how these songs help us identify who we are and where we came from.

Saul Broudy, Ph.D.
Folklorist and Performer

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