Celebrity Rehab star and Thelonious Monster frontman Bob Forrest's memoir about his drug-fueled life in the L.A. indie rock scene of the '80s and '90s and his life-changing decision to become a drug counselor who specializes in reaching the unreachable.
Life 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 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 more 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 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 inspires.
Customer ReviewsSee All
This is an excellent read. Forrest doesn't try to scare you with tales of the low points that I'm sure he (and most addicts) have had, nor does he glorify the Hollywood Rockstar Lifestyle. We get to hear his unique, insider perspective on some legendary LA stories...anyone who was on the fringes or in the middle of that scene will smile and shake their heads at the memories. Bob is a genuine guy who doesn't take himself too seriously, and he has done good work serving others. I had a great time reading this book.
I couldn't put it down. Stay strong Bob!
Excellent read. Very interesting behind the scenes look at the life of a rock star junkie.
Insiders history of the debauchery that was 80s LA music scene. Great insight into addiction and the rock n roll lifestyle. Bob is an inspiration. I picked up this book about a week into my sobriety and found much comfort and enjoyment here.