It always bums me out when I end up liking Someone Less After I Read Their Book That Happened Here less after I read their book That happened here Talk From A SurvivorsI dug it I had seen Bob on tv before I knew who he really was in his previous life and I saw the documentary about him before I read his book This book was a
HELLA FAST READ BUT WELL WORTH ITS PRICE HE fast read but well worth its price He straight about everything Lots of ood stories about the rock n roll life in Hollywood and how in the end it s all about survival and acceptance and surrender and happiness thru clean living Good stuff Bob Forrest is a Verdammt verliebt great person I wish he was my friend Running with Monsters is a uick read and if you re 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 rehabetting clean his feelings about the twelve steps and various other topics It was fun to read 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 remembered because you weren t really straight enough to The Way Between the Worlds (The View from the Mirror, get a real memory There is much less about his own road to recovery his philosophy about recovery etc I would ve liked to hear about that honestly I d also like to hear about the people he s helped A fun read but not nearly as memorable as it could have been You can t win them all and I uickly discovered that while reading through other reviews I picked this book up because I was curious to see what the man with the hat had been through before he was on Celebrity Rehab I was impressed with the level of honesty Bob had when writing this book at multiple times he admits he was his own worst enemy and jacked up what he wanted in life He also admitted to being jealous of his friends success something that s hard for almost anyone to do Ultimately reading this made me curious to find out about his band Thelonious Monster found some songs on youtube and was surprised I hadn t heard of them when I was younger as that was exactly the type of music I absolutely loved in high school I also wanted to know about Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers because he comes across as one of the absolute coolest people on earth in this book I liked the explanation of the process of recovery and how Bob reached the point where he is at My only complaint was the consistent name dropping of people I had no idea who they were I m not a big musicroupie so I spent a lot of time looking things up and trying to see why they were important For how simple this book was I really enjoyed I read it in less than 24 hours That says tonsMaybe it was because it was the perfect compliment to Last Night At The Viper Room which I finished yesterday but I found myself transfixed to that eraand not wanting the book to endReally cool insight on not only the world of addiction recovery but the Inverloch Volume 4 greed and scammingoing on behind the walls of the most famous treatment centers A bit rittier in the storytelling than LNATVP. Celebrity Rehab star and Thelonious Monster frontman Bob Forrest's memoir about his drug fueled life in the LA indie rock scene of the '80s and '90s and his life changing decision to become a drug counselor who specializes in reaching 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.
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*compared to james *to James 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 Thetried to critiue his own kids musical choices The 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 reat uy 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 reading this book As a memoir of someone who lived through a very interesting epoch with his mental faculties intact enough to remember 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 A ood look at an unsung hero of recovery I received a free copy of this book in a Goodreads First Reads iveawayThis memoir was interesting but it ot repetitive about halfway through It started off The Horse in Celtic Culture 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 read this book and did some supplementary research 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 Iot further into the memoir The book piued my interest and before I continued reading I did a bit of side research on Bob Forrest Thelonious Monster and the Viper Room so that I could better understand this uy I et 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 recovery centers but I don t know if that s such a Every Boys Dream great idea I don t really see how a book like this would help a drug addict because for the majority of the book Forrest was almostlorifying 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 really screwed up I m lad he s helping people recover from drug addiction now so at least he s doing some ood 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 repetitive nature of the memoir this book probably could have been cut in half It was interesting well written and it was certainly worth reading but it s not a book that I m oing to keep on my shelf. 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 rehab approach Running with Monsters is an electrifying chronicle of the LA rock scene of the 1980s and ’90s the story of a man who survived and triumphed over his demons and a controversial perspective on the rehab industry and what it really takes to beat addiction Bob tells his story with unflinching honesty and hard won perspective making this a reading experience that shocks entertains and ultimately inspire. But that just makes it raw and tangible You
can almost feel yourself walking thru the living rooms of those million dollar homes being used as drug densalmost feel yourself walking thru the living rooms of those million dollar homes being used as drug dens 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 Keidis a uy who couldn t manage five dollars
*next he tried *he tried hand at being a road manager but he was severely under ualified for that role as well He couldn t even hack it as a The Multi-Orgasmic Man grunt roadie 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 resemblance 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 red rocker Sammy Hagar Sammy Hagar Weekend Though their music may have been primitive and crude it was heartfelt and sincere They managed to record 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 rock star like his pals in the Chili Peppers Admitting it helped him finallyain control over his demons but my osh from where I was standing he never worked very hard at his craft or his art plus he blew off all the olden 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 read it without ceasing right 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 rock scene Forrest was the Zelig of So Cal rock 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 ive 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 likehypocrisy How dare talk show hosts like and Letterman mock celebrities oing through rehab 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 biggest idol The Beast House / After Midnight 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 ac. 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 demonsrew 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 rehab 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. ,