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School I also wanted to know ABOUT FLEA FROM THE RED HOT Flea from the Red Hot Peppers because he comes across as ne f the absolute coolest people n earth in this book I liked the explanation Practical Ventriloquism of the processf recovery and how Bob reached the point where he is at My nly complaint was the consistent name dropping f people I had no idea who they were I m *not a big music groupie so I spent a lot f time looking *a big music groupie so I spent a lot f time looking up and trying to see why they were important In his 2005 memoir Scar Tissue Anthony Kiedis On Riemanns Theory of Algebraic Functions and Their Integrals 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 guy who couldn t manage five dollars Next he tried his 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 grunt roadie Then through a seriesf fortunate events he bumbled his way into forming a band Achtung ... U-Boats Passing: A Saga of War at Sea (Vol. 2) of hiswn 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 Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat of the mad monkf jazz would be sorely disappointed He wouldn t see the Forrest for the trees so to speak One Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home 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 Stefanif No Doubt as he would later find ut while washing dishes and busing tables in a cafe freuented by the Hollaback Girl AwkwardOf all the startling confessions f lies thefts felonies sins f mission 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 finally gain control ver his demons but my gosh from where I was standing he never worked very hard at his craft r his art plus he blew Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls off all the goldenpportunities and burned all the bridges He suffered from what the Greeks called pleonexia insatiably wanting than Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer 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 viewf the LA rock scene Forrest was the Zelig Night's Pawn 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 Phoenixverdosed after a set with Johnny Depp at The Viper Room Forrest was there to impotently warn River not to party so muchThough some Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) of the juiciest tidbits werenly hinted at he did give a blow by blow f Britney s head shaving meltdown albeit stensibly to condemn the antics f 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 rehab Though he was to the manner born confidentiality was a custom honour d in the breach than the bservanceAt The Secret Child one poin. Their limit Bob partied the hardest and could usually be found at the centerf the drama Drugs weren’t Bob’s Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook only passion He was also a talented musician who commanded the stage as the wild and unpredictable lead singerf Thelonious Monster They traveled the world and their future seemed bright and wide pen 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 rehab sobriety just wouldn’t stick for him Soon he saw his nce promising music career slip away entirely Eventually Bob found a way to defeat his. ,
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I received a free copy f this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveawayThis memoir was interesting but it got repetitive about halfway through It started ff great but then the book became f 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 n TV because he stands Death by Inferior Design 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 reading I did a bitf side research n 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 f showing how much Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 of a scumbag Forrest was for the majorityf his life I have no sympathy for him whatsoever One f the promotions for this book is to hand it ut at addiction recovery centers but I don t know if that s such a great idea I don t really see how a book like this would help a drug addict because for the majority f the book Forrest was almost glorifying drugs and it sort f 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 glad he s helping people recover 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 REPETITIVE NATURE OF THE MEMOIR repetitive nature A Philosophy of Cinematic Art of the memoir 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 going to keepn my shelf Bob Forrest is a great person I wish he was my friend For how simple this book was I really enjoyed A good look at an unsung hero The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified of recovery Straight Talk From A SurvivorsI dug it I had seen Bobn 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 shoots straight about everything Lots White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs of good 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 You can t win them all and I uickly discovered that while reading throughther reviews I picked this book up because I was curious to see what the man with the hat had been through before he was n Celebrity Rehab I was impressed with the level f honesty Bob had when writing this book at multiple times he admits he was his Scab own worst enemy and jacked up what he wanted in life He also admitted to being jealousf his friends success something that s hard for almost anyone to do Ultimately reading this made me curious to find In a World Created by a Drunken God out about his band Thelonious Monster found some songsn youtube and was surprised I hadn t heard Indo No Kao of them when I was younger as that was exactly the typef music I
absolutely loved in high. celebrity rehab star andloved in high. Celebrity Rehab star and Monster frontman Bob Forrest's memoir about his drug fueled life in the LA indie rock scene f the '80s and '90s and his life changing decision to become a drug counselor who specializes in reaching the unreachableLife has been ne strange trip for Bob Forrest He started Giant Peach Yodel out as a suburban teenage drunkard from the Southern California suburbs and wentn to become a member Sinai and Zion of a hip Hollywood crowd that included the Red Hot Chili Peppers Johnny Depp and River Phoenix Los Angeles was their playground and they hungut in such infamous haunts as the Viper Room and the Whisky a Go Go Always ne to push things to. T he described a VIP AA meeting where his biggest 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 f 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 ut I had the feeling that he was talking
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