Rock ‘n’ Roll Soldier : a memoir by Dean Ellis Kohler, Susan Vanhecke and Graham Nash

August 24, 2009 at 7:59 pm 1 comment

rockDean Kohler’s rock n’ roll memoir is the true story of how even during combat in the Vietnam war, creating music is still possible. Right out of high school, Kohler gets drafted to Nam. With a record deal on hand, Kohler has a hard time leaving, but having left for the war, his love for music makes it impossible for there not to be music. After being told that he is no killer, but a musician, Kohler takes the time to start a band, get some instruments and make rock n’ roll.  Through adventures of meeting girls, meeting bullets, and meeting each other, the band dubbed The Electrical Bananas find themselves having a bit of rock n’ roll in their war-filled lives. A surprising, heartfelt, adventurous story Rock n’ Roll Soldier is a book that you should not pass on reading. Whether it is war, music, or comradeship, the memoir has something to offer to everyone. Take a look and read this magnificent novel while imagining The Electrical Bananas in concert just for you.
Jenny, 10th Grader – Briarcliff Mannor

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  • 1. Susan VanHecke  |  September 5, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Hi Jenny,

    Thanks for your thoughtful review – I’m so glad you enjoyed Dean’s book!

    I knew Dean had an amazing story to tell when I first interviewed him nearly 10 years ago for a newspaper. Together, we worked on the book and found a publisher for it.

    I will share your excellent review with Dean. He’ll be so happy to know that you liked Rock ‘N’ Roll Soldier.

    If you’d like to see actual film footage and photos from Dean’s time in Vietnam, visit There’s also audio of the band there, plus a discussion guide, playlist, and more.

    Thanks again!


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