|So what if he did?|
Thelonious Monster were a criminally undervalued band, but it would be disingenuous to suggest that Bob Forrest didn't have more than just a little to do with the band's downward spiral. Like I mentioned before, it took years for me to figure out that the guy in the silly looking hat on Dr. Drew's exploitive shows about addiction was the same dude that teeter on the edge for years as the frontman to Thelonious Monster.
I think it was Strange Weather that got me interested, but when the band failed to produce a meaningful follow up for some years afterwards, I forgot about 'em.
As you will see from the clip at the bottom, it's a wonder that Forrest ever made it out alive. It's incredible footage because it's like watching a trainwreck in slow motion. And the man that was completely off the rails had more talent that he knew what to do with. Here's the press release and trailer, but stay tuned for the self-destruction at the bottom.
Bob And The Monster is a documentary chronicling the life of charismatic singer/songwriter Bob Forrest, from his days as front man of the indie rock band Thelonious Monster, through his life-threatening struggle with addiction, to his triumph and transformation into one of the most influential addiction counselors in the US today.
The film crafts contemporary footage, animation and compelling interviews with rare archival performances and exclusive personal videos from Bobʼs past to reveal the complex layers of this troubled, but optimistic soul. Testimony from his peers, including Courtney Love, Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante, members of Janeʼs Addiction, Fishbone and Guns nʼ Roses add texture, but itʼs the depth of Bobʼs music, interwoven throughout the film, that illuminates this unforgettable and truly inspirational story.
Director Keirda Bahruth has spent six years filming Bob Forrest and depicts a fascinating portrait of an intrepid soul whose passion for living and self-discovery is evident in both his failures and successes. The film traces his extraordinary life, from a traumatic childhood event through decades of poverty and drug addiction; numerous menial jobs and an unlikely rise to stardom with his band Thelonious Monster; then back again through homelessness, 22 drug rehabs and jail; to his unexpected transformation into an acclaimed drug and alcohol counselor who now dedicates his life to helping fellow musicians recover from addiction.
The Soundtrack / Score (available on October 1st) for this award wining documentary is composed by Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. It also includes tracks from Thelonious Monster, The Bicycle Thief and Bob Forrest.
Bob And The Monster transcends the stereotype of heroin addicted rock star and reveals a more personal message. Bobʼs story is a living testament to the heights of human courage and the ability to shape your own destiny.