For Dean Kohler, a teenage soldier in Vietnam, the best way to shield himself from the horrors of combat is to play some rock and roll. So, right there, in-country, Dean and three of his fellow khaki-clad musicians-in-arms form a fully functional, touring rock combo that entertains thousands of U.S. troops during the darkest moments of the war.
Rock 'N' Roll Soldier: A Memoir is the true story of Dean Kohler's wartime experience, Vietnam as never before seen. One moment Dean and the band are patrolling and going toe to toe with the VC. The next they're commandeering a Jeep to drive to Pleiku, traversing the deadly An Khe Pass, to play "We Gotta Get Outta This Place" for a throng of cheering GIs. Unbelievably, Dean and his group even cut a record there in the jungle, covertly crafting a makeshift sound studio on a war-zone mountainside. Dean and the other members of the Electrical Banana (a name inspired by a Donovan song) create their own bit of order out of chaos, bringing a sense of normalcy to the surreal hell of jungle war. Co-written with Dean Kohler. Foreword by Graham Nash.