Rock 'n' Roll Soldier
Publication Date: September 2009
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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 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.
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.