Rock 'n' Roll Soldier: A Memoir
Title: Rock 'n' Roll Soldier: A Memoir
Author: Dean Ellis Kohler,Susan Vanhecke
Describes how a young soldier forms a touring rock band and cuts a record in the midst of the Vietnam War.
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 enemy (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. (edited by author)