Rock 'n' Roll Soldier

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"During a time when none of us knew for sure if we would live or die, I came to know the true power of music."

Dean Kohler is about to make it big—he's finally scored a national record deal! But his dreams are abruptly put on hold by the arrival of his draft notice. Now he's in Qui Nhon, Vietnam, serving as a military policeman. He keeps telling himself he's a musician, not a killer, and that he's lucky he's not fighting on the front lines. When Captain orders him to form a rock band, it's up to Dean to find ...

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Overview

"During a time when none of us knew for sure if we would live or die, I came to know the true power of music."

Dean Kohler is about to make it big—he's finally scored a national record deal! But his dreams are abruptly put on hold by the arrival of his draft notice. Now he's in Qui Nhon, Vietnam, serving as a military policeman. He keeps telling himself he's a musician, not a killer, and that he's lucky he's not fighting on the front lines. When Captain orders him to form a rock band, it's up to Dean to find instruments and players, pronto. Ingenuity and perseverance pay off and soon the band is traveling through treacherous jungle terrain to perform for troops in desperate need of an escape—even if it's only for three sets. And for Dean—who lives with death, violence, and the fear that anyone could be a potential spy (even his Vietnamese girlfriend)—the band becomes the one thing that gets him through the day. During one of the most controversial wars in recent American history, this incredible true story is about music and camaraderie in the midst of chaos.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
The war memoir gets a unique spin with Kohler's recollection of his time playing rock and roll in the Vietnam jungle... The theme hits you in the gut: the restorative power of music is real... A sober but ultimately inspiring read.
Style Weekly
Kohler's story couldn't be timelier for the young men and women navigating the war zones of today.
Vietnam Magazine
Rock 'n' Roll Soldier differs from most Vietnam entertainers' memoirs in that the troupe here did not come courtesy of Bob Hope and the USO. These troubadours in green emerged from the ranks, giving a different slant to the term 'band of brothers.
Vintage Guitar
May be the most entertaining take on the war since Michael Herr's Dispatches.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061242557
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 787,367
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean Ellis Kohler started a band and recorded a single while serving in the Vietnam War. Today, he owns an advertising and public relations company and a mobile disc jockey business. A true Renaissance man, he's also worked as an entertainment agent, commercial artist, graphic designer, photographer, video­g-rapher, studio and concert sound engineer, sound system designer and fabricator, and television and radio broadcaster. He has remained devoted to writing, recording, and performing music throughout his life as Dean & the Mustangs, the Satellites, the Electrical Banana, the Soft Light, Spectrum, Mad Wax (and alter ego band Marc Wyld), Mousey Brown, Big Bubba & the Blockbusters, and currently as Dean Kohler. He lives in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Susan VanHecke is a journalist, coauthor of Roadwork: Rock & Roll Turned Inside Out and Three Steps to Heaven: The Eddie Cochran Story, and author of Race with the Devil: Gene Vincent's Life in the Fast Lane, which was adapted into an award-winning screenplay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2010

    The Power of Music

    Co-authors Dean Ellis Kohler and Susan VanHecke bring us a memoir of Dean Ellis Kohler's experience in Vietnam, serving as a military policeman. The authors do an excellent job of transporting us immediately to the Vietnam War. I felt instantly connected to this young man, and I identified with his innocence, his integrity and his very real emotions. Dean Ellis Kohler had to leave a record deal behind when he was drafted and sent to Qui Nhon. But music is in Dean's soul. And so even there, in the middle of a war, Dean finds a way back to rock n' roll. The reader follows along on his journey to create a band, perform and even record an album while serving his country. The power of music allows the soldiers to escape, if just for the length of a song, from the horrors of war. The authors have written an exciting and fast-paced memoir that is layered and dynamic. I found the book inspiring and informative. You can almost hear the guitar playing between the pages. A must-read for students, history buffs and music lovers.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Rock n roll soldier

    Better than the rest of the list

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2010

    Great Book

    Rock 'n Roll soldier is about a young man, just out of highschool, going to fight the Vietnam war. He isnt a soldier, just a teenager that got drafted into a terrible war.He is only nineteen, and is in the midst of a battle that lasted 20 years, and yet he managed to keep his sanity, and most of all, create a baned aptly named "Electrical Banannas". But it wasn't his idea- it was his platoon leader Captian Leadbetter. During his service, Dean Ellis Kohler played at many different venues, and had narrow escapes, but all in all, this is a very good book that describes the harrowing experience of serving in Vietnam and a story of a musician that experienced being shot at, and shooting.

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