My Music My War: The Listening Habits of U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan
Music has been a part of war almost as constantly as weapons have been, throughout history. Its role in war is changing as the world changes too—something that’s examined in Lisa Gilman’s new book, My Music My War: The Listening Habits of U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is also a professor in the Department of English and Folklore at the University of Oregon. She speaks with Eric Alan about the shifting role of music in the military in the age of the MP3. She also explores the role of specific genres from heavy metal to country music, and how music connects to PTSD.