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August 15, 2013
Forty-four years ago today half a million people gathered to celebrate peace, oneness, freedom of expression, and music.
On Friday, August 15, 1969, by the sheer luck and compassion of farmland owner Max Ysagur, the Woodstock Music Festival opened in Bethel, a town in upstate New York, forty miles from Woodstock.
Woodstock is known as, “three days of peace and music,”where people of different ages, cultures, color, and creed came together to be apart of a transformational music journey. It is best known as the perfect portrayal of the 1960’s youth culture, the “hippies,” that gathered to celebrate music and peace, something the rest of the United States was not concerned with at the time.
Musicians such as, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Sly & the Family Stone, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and many more performed songs that expressed their opposition of the Vietnam War. Some of the artists there like Santana, were up-and-coming acts that Woodstock helped to pioneer their careers.
Tags: 1960's, 60's, counterculture, fred wilcox, freedom of expression, hippies, Jimi Hendrix, music, peace, Santana, Sly & theFamily Stone, the Grateful Dead, the Who, three days of peace and music, Up Against the Wall Motherf**ker, Vietnam War, woodstock, Woodstock Music Festival, youth culture
August 8, 2013
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Wilcox has been researching, writing about, and teaching courses on the Vietnam War for the past thirty years. An Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate, he has published articles on chemical warfare, environmental activism, mental health, trauma, and addiction, and has appeared on 100+ radio and television programs as a trusted authority among veterans and academics alike on the Vietnam War and its aftereffects. He is the author of Waiting for an Army to Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange andScorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam. He currently teaches at Ithaca College.
June 17, 2013
UPDATE: The Tale of An Phuc House won Best Documentary!
The Tale of An Phuc House, a powerful documentary about Vietnamese Agent Orange victims, has been nominated for Best Documentary at the New York City International Film Festival (June 13-20).
“The Tale of An Phuc House is a powerful glimpse into the everyday lives of twenty disabled children – third generation victims of the Agent Orange warfare that occurred during the Vietnam War (1963-1973). An inspirational video tale about pride, dignity and love; a story of a man who dedicates his life to the well-being of his adopted family; a story of twenty exceptional young adults, whose disabilities brought them together under one roof; a story about ordinary people living extraordinary lives despite their unfortunate physical conditions.”–thetaleofanphuchouse.com
The documentary will be screened at the Producer’s Club Theater at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 17. Produced by Canada’s Babel Entertainment in association with Vietnam’s Crea-TV, and directed by Ivan Tankushev, it competes with four other documentaries for the coveted title.
Tags: Agent Orange, books, documentary, film, fred wilcox, New York City International Film Festival, scorched earth, seven stories press, The Tale of An Phuc House, Vietnam War, waiting for an army to die
August 10, 2012
“Forty years after the United States stopped spraying herbicides in the jungles of Southeast Asia in the hopes of denying cover to Vietcong fighters and North Vietnamese troops, an air base here is one of about two dozen former American sites that remain polluted with an especially toxic strain of dioxin, the chemical contaminant in Agent Orange that has been linked to cancers, birth defects and other diseases.
On Thursday, after years of rebuffing Vietnamese requests for assistance in a cleanup, the United States inaugurated its first major effort to address the environmental effects of the long war.”
To read the entire article in The New York Times click here.
Accomplished author, activist and Vietnam War scholar Fred Wilcox offers a full perspective on the issue with two books including a reissue of his critically acclaimed book on the effects of Agent Orange on Veterans, Waiting for an Army to Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange, and a new(er) book about its effects on the Vietnamese titled Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam (September 13, 2011).
October 24, 2011On Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 7pm, Fred Wilcox will be at ArtRage Gallery in Syracuse, New York to discuss his new book, Scorched Earth. This event is sponsored by the Syracuse Peace Council. For more information about this event, please visit artragegallery.org.
October 20, 2011"In an age when thousands of untested chemicals enter the world marketplace each year causing unforeseen havoc to public health, we would do well to remember the victims of Agent Orange. As Wilcox so eloquently puts it: 'We ignore their suffering at our own peril.'"
October 17, 2011Vietnam War scholar Fred Wilcox talks about the effects of chemical warfare on the Vietnamese people and their environment. Even today, more than 3 million people—including 500,000 children—are sick and dying from birth defects, cancer, and other illnesses that can be directly traced to Agent Orange/dioxin exposure. Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam, the first book to examine long-term consequences of chemical warfare there, and the effects on future generations. Listen to the interview here or download the audio. Monday, October 17, 2011, Fred Wilcox will be in conversation with Noam Chomsky at Housing Works at 4pm.
September 15, 2011"These books are not just about the heartbreaking story of chemical warfare in Vietnam that has now affected three generations of Vietnamese, Americans, Australians, South Koreans and New Zealanders. They are also about the need to stop poisoning our own bodies and environment with toxic chemicals. "
September 6, 2011
Hear Fred Wilcox chat with progressive radio host Danny Schechter of The News Disssector about his book Scorched Earth. Wilcox talks about how the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, and how the herbicide continues to leave a legacy of environmental damage, cancer and birth defects over forty years later.