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Rock 'n' Roll Soldier: A Memoir

by Dean Ellis Kohler

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Dean was 19 when he was drafted by the Army to serve in Vietnam. Being drafted was like having someone hit the pause button on your life for nearly two years. Dean leaves behind a loving family, a girlfriend, his band, and a record deal to serve as a member of the Military Police in Qui Nhon.

With the soldiers’ lives on hold and vicious fighting all around, Dean’s captain decides something needs to be done about troop morale. His solution: ask Dean to start a band. Rock’n’Roll Soldier is the story of how Dean does just that--from getting instruments in a remote part of the world, finding band mates among his fellow MPs, practicing, and even touring--all the while serving his country in a war zone. Witnessing death and terror, facing snipers, explosions, and ambushes, and interacting with the natives, Dean wonders whether he is a musician or a killer--does he create or does he destroy?

This is, of course, a war story, but it is also a love letter to the power of music and friendship to get us through the bleakest times in our life. An excellent read for anyone whose ever wanted to know more about Vietnam or just wanted to be in a band.

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  katie.funk | Jun 23, 2011 |
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"Dean Kohler scores a record deal, only to have his dreams 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, and soon the band is travelling 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, 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"--Book Jacket.… (more)

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