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I eceived a free copy of this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveawayThis memoir was interesting but it got epetitive about halfway through It started off great but then the book became of a I know this famous person look how cool I am brag I had no idea who Bob Forrest was until I ead this book and did some supplementary esearch I mean I ve seen him before on TV because he stands out with that hat but I had no idea who he was until I got further into the memoir The book piued my interest and before I continued eading I did a bit of side esearch on Bob Forrest Thelonious Monster and the Viper Room so that I could better understand this guy I get that Forrest wanted to tell his story about his battle with addiction but I think this book better served the purpose of showing how much of a scumbag Forrest was for the majority of his life I have no sympathy for him whatsoever One of the promotions for this book is to hand it out at addiction ecovery centers but I don t know if that s such a great idea I don t eally see how a book like this would help a drug addict because for the majority of the book Forrest was almost glorifying drugs and it sort of felt like he missed those I m in a drug stupor and am a total dope days It all sounded eally screwed up I m glad he s helping people ecover from drug addiction now so at least he s doing some good That cover is the bomb If I were browsing in a book store and came across that cover I would immediately stop and take a look at this book Kudos to the book cover designer I also loved the writing style and it managed to keep my interest despite the somewhat epetitive nature of the memoir this book probably could have been cut in half It was interesting well written and it was certainly worth eading but it s not a book that I m going to keep on my shelf For how simple this book was I eally enjoyed Straight Talk From A SurvivorsI dug it I had seen Bob on tv before I knew who he eally was in his previous life and I saw the documentary about him before I ead his book This book was a hella fast ead but well worth its price He shoots straight about everything Lots of good stories about the ock n oll life in Hollywood and how in the end it s all about survival and acceptance and surrender and happiness thru clean living Good stuff In his 2005 memoir Scar Tissue Anthony Kiedis of The Red Hot Chili Peppers describes Lunatic Bob Forrest as a drunken wreck bitter and angry Bob was uickly fired as the band s manager He was according to Celebrity Rehab star and Thelonious Monster frontman Bob Forrest's memoir about his drug fueled life in the LA indie ock scene of the '80s and '90s and his life changing decision to become a drug counselor who specializes in eaching the unreachableLife has been one strange trip for Bob Forrest He started out as a suburban teenage drunkard from the Southern California suburbs and went on to become a member of a hip Hollywood crowd that included the Red Hot Chili Peppers Johnny Depp and River Phoenix Los Angeles was their playground and they hung out in such infamous haunts as the Viper Room and the Whisky a Go Go Always one to push things to.
Eidis a guy who couldn t manage five dollars Next he tried his hand at being a oad manager but he was severely under ualified for that ole as well He couldn t even hack it as a grunt oadie Then through a series of fortunate events he bumbled his way into forming a band of his own He knew enough about hip culture to come up with a cool name Thelonious Monster but anyone who expected Forrest s music would bear any esemblance to the music of the mad monk of jazz would be sorely disappointed He wouldn t see the Forrest for the trees so to speak One of their most popular songs was actually an homage to the ed ocker Sammy Hagar Sammy Hagar Weekend Though their music may have been primitive and crude it was heartfelt and sincere They managed to ecord several albums and picked up a cult following that no doubt even included Gwen Stefani of No Doubt as he would later find out while washing dishes and busing tables in a cafe freuented by the Hollaback Girl AwkwardOf all the startling confessions of lies thefts felonies sins of omission and so forth the most startling was when he confessed that he was actually bitter that he wasn t a big ock star like his pals in the Chili Peppers Admitting it helped him finally gain control over his demons but my gosh from where I was standing he never worked very hard at his craft or his art plus he blew off all the golden opportunities and burned all the bridges He suffered from what the Greeks called pleonexia insatiably wanting than one s due Still I have to admit that I found this book to be very compelling and I ead it without ceasing ight up to the penultimate chapter It was 430 AM at that point so I was able to wait until the following day to finish it What I found interesting was the insider view of the LA ock scene Forrest was the Zelig of So Cal ock in the 80 s and 90 s He had an uncanny knack for being at Ground Zero For instance when River Phoenix overdosed after a set with Johnny Depp at The Viper Room Forrest was there to impotently warn River not to party so muchThough some of the juiciest tidbits were only hinted at he did give a blow by blow of Britney s head shaving meltdown albeit ostensibly to condemn the antics of the paparazzi Having your cake and eating it too Can you spell hypocrisy How dare talk show hosts like Leno and Letterman mock celebrities going through ehab Though he was to the manner born confidentiality was a custom honour d in the breach than the observanceAt one point he described a VIP AA meeting where his bi. Their limit Bob partied the hardest and could usually be found at the center of the drama Drugs weren’t Bob’s only passion He was also a talented musician who commanded the stage as the wild and unpredictable lead singer of Thelonious Monster They traveled the world and their future seemed bright and wide open But Bob’s demons grew stronger as he achieved success and he sank deeper into his chemical dependency which included alcohol crack and heroin habits No matter how many times he went to ehab sobriety just wouldn’t stick for him Soon he saw his once promising music career slip away entirely Eventually Bob found a way to defeat his.
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Ggest idol got up and confessed that he had tried to end it all by washing some pills down with a Chardonnay and walking into the waves at Malibu This star of stage and screen said he felt like James Mason as Norman Maine in the 1954 musical A Star is Born with Judy Garland Though he didn t actually spell it out I had the feeling that he was talking about David Bowie though Peter Gabriel also comes to mind when British Rock Stars are compared to James Mason But from other details divulged it had to be Bowie Forrest was on the one hand impressed to be in on the low down with his idol but disappointed that he was a fan of Judy He had me with this story but he lost it when he said that he felt Judy Garland was lame Sacrilege For the most part I agreed with his taste in music except when he dismissed everything that happened before his time Karma caught up to him when he tried to critiue his own kids musical choices The Replacements and Joy Division are two bands that I wholeheartedly agree with him on They are stellar Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers sounds like a great guy and he kept his compass intact in spite of the murky waters they navigated I have never heard any of Bob Forrest s music though I am intrigued since eading this book As a memoir of someone who lived through a very interesting epoch with his mental faculties intact enough to emember it is a very compelling narrative Though he had help from writer and journalist Michael Albo Forrest certainly has a way with words and it would be interesting to see what he can come up with if he chooses to write any books Running with Monsters is a uick ead and if you e a fan of the LA music scene in the eighties and nineties there s plenty of name dropping and funny stories to make things interesting I always liked Thelonious Monster and thought they should ve been popular now I know why things fell apartMr Forrest talks openly about his own addiction to drugs and alcohol his 27 trips to ehab getting clean his feelings about the twelve steps and various other topics It was fun to ead but his descriptions of the period when he was an addict tend towards the people he hung out with and have that fuzzy haze of things half emembered because you weren t eally straight enough to get a eal memory There is much less about his own oad to ecovery his philosophy about ecovery etc I would ve liked to hear about that honestly I d also like to hear about the people he s helped A fun ead but not nearly as memorable as it could have bee. Addiction and once he did he saw the opportunity to help other hopeless cases by becoming a certified drug counselor He’s helped addicts from all walks of life often employing methods that are very much at odds with the traditional ehab approach Running with Monsters is an electrifying chronicle of the LA ock scene of the 1980s and ’90s the story of a man who survived and triumphed over his demons and a controversial perspective on the ehab industry and what it eally takes to beat addiction Bob tells his story with unflinching honesty and hard won perspective making this a eading experience that shocks entertains and ultimately inspire.