Bob Forrest and Ian Brennan CD and Book Release

October 12, 2015 - 7:00pm

Bob Forrest was hailed the “Bob Dylan of his generation” by many critics.

But while his L.A. post-punk peers like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns & Roses, and Jane’s Addiction skyrocketed to fame, his own band, Thelonious Monster, crashed-and-burned it’s way through countless members and blown opportunities.

In fact, he was the one who actually discovered and had stolen away, two of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitar players (John Frusciante and Josh Klinghoffer). Though Bob’s own band and songs were undeniably strong, his career was so mismanaged, that RCA spent almost a half-
million dollars making a record for him that was never released.

After twenty-four formal detox attempts, he finally succeeded in getting clean from heroin in 1996. His weight had dropped down to 120 pounds and he was toothless at the time, but he has gone onto become the “most famous drug counselor” in the world, starring on the television programs “Celebrity Rehab” and Sober House”, both with Dr. Drew. Ironically, he has helped many world famous actors, musicians, and athletes overcome their addictions, that he in his past life previously acted as a drug runner for.

In 2013, his memoir, Running with Monsters, came out on the major publisher, Crown Books, selling out of its first hardcover printing and racking-up over 10,000 digital download sales.

A full-length documentary about his life, Bob & the Monster, was released to critical acclaim that same year.

Produced by author and Grammy-winning producer, Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott), “Survival Songs” is Forrest’s first official solo album and stands as a testament to his powers. Recorded live, outdoors in Big Sur, with sparse acoustic accompaniment, the record revisits classic, no-longer available material, wedding it with new works in a meditation on a cycle of redemption.

SISTER MAPLE SYRUP EYES (published by Pleasure Boat Studio [NYC]), is written from the historically-underreported perspective on rape-- from that of the lesser and oft-forgotten "victim," the individual’s romantic partner. Though it is a work of literary fiction, it was inspired by the author’s own life-altering experience when his “first love” was beaten horrifically and raped in her apartment by a family-friend.

Readers+Writers journal praises it, "A beautiful book. Achingly beautiful."

"I have read no better description of how a rapist humiliates and owns his/her victim, not only during the attack but long afterwards. Everyone should read this moving and poetic book, but especially those who discount the seriousness of rape."
- Jody Raphael, Rape is Rape: How Denial, Distortion, and Victim Blaming Are Fueling an Acquaintance Rape Crisis

From his teens onwards, out of necessity, he supported himself by working in the locked emergency-psychiatric unit for Oakland, California. This led to his accidentally becoming a violence prevention “expert”. Since 1993, he has lectured before over 100,000 people at hospitals, prisons, shelters, and schools across the world— Africa, Asia, USA, the Middle East, and Europe— at such prestigious institutions as UC Berkeley, the Betty Ford Center, Bellevue Hospital (NYC), and the National Accademia of Science (Rome). He is the author of two non-fiction book Anger Antidotes: How Not to Lose Your S#*! (W.W. Norton, NYC) and Hate-less (2014). He is also a GRAMMY-winning music producer, specializing in international artists.