Folk Singers: Hootenanny Under Fire

We will sing it loud and strong, so everyone will know

That the road to freedom is a long way to go.

— Road to Freedom by John Stewart The words rang with new meaning in the chill night air, and the two folk singers were understandably a little anxious. On either side of the makeshift stage, grim-faced soldiers stood guard with burp guns at the ready while a barrage of flares, tracer bullets and phosphorous shells exploded and flashed eerily in the distance. But the singers sang out lustily. The audience, Vietnamese troops with rifles cradled in their arms,...

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