This Monday, July 18, Firedoglake Movie Night features Bob and the Monster, with guests writer/director Keirda Bahruth, producers Rick Ballard and Austin Wilkins, editor Joshua Altman, and the film’s subject, musician cum world-renown drug counselor Bob Forrest, who joined us in March 2009 to chat about his careers in both music and rehab.

Bob was one of our all-time favorite guests, and it’s super exciting to have him back along with the filmmakers responsible for Bob and the Monster, a film which is wowwing festival audiences and has sold out its Los Angeles premier.

While Bob and the Monster is the story of American indie rock and the rise of Los Angeles music in the 1980s and 90s, it also documents the perilous up and downs of that lifestyle. While Bob’s band, Thelonious Monster, one of the most popular groups in Los Angeles was riding high with fellow Angeleno bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fishbone and Jane’s Addiction, Bob and his friends were getting really high on heroin and crack.

Bob fought the “monster,” struggling with addiction and stints in numerous rehabs before he got clean and began his work as the “punk rock recovery” counselor whose experience, strength and hope has been the saving grace for not only for his fellow musicians but thousands of addicts he has dealt with over the years.

Bob Forrest says:

What’s really above that we have succeeded or failed at music is that we are all still alive and that is an important message.

Archival footage and clever claymation reveal the heights and depths of Bob’s story, as do the interviews with friends like RHCP’s Anthony Kiedis and Flea; Courtney Love; Dr. Drew (who Bob now works with at Pasadena Recovery Center and on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab); John Frusciante; Steven Adler; and Angelo and Norwood from Fishbone; as well as music industry reporter Dave Adleson; club owner, author and musician Brendan Mullen; and other friends and fans. And throughout it all is woven Bob’s music which reveals his talent and illuminates his life.

Bob and the Monster, Monday July 18, from 5pm to 6:30 pm west coast/8pm to 9:30 east coast on the front page of

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.