Rock 'N' Roll Soldier: A Memoir
"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...more
In the beginning of the book I expected a hook like any other book. This one did not have a hook but more of an introduction to himself (Dean) and his situation. I liked that thr ...more
The story is interesting and Dean does manage to give an idea of just how bad it could be in Vietnam; however I don't think he really manages to stress just how lucky he really was. There is mention of people he met who ...more
As a guitarist, Ellis nearly had a record deal when his draft number came up. He shipped off to Vietnam as a military policeman. His unit found conditions rustic, but improved with hard work. After his quirky captain learns about Ellis' musical talents, he's tasked with starting a rock band.
Enter the (ahem) "Swinging Banana," later renamed "The Electrical Banana," in hopes of avoi ...more