If you’re in Austin this Sunday, either for the Film Fest or on deck for rock ‘n’ roll boot camp, you need to get your ass to the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar. Bob And The Monster is making its official premiere at 5:30, after which Bob Forrest and filmmaker Keirda Bahruth take in a little Q&A.
I haven’t seen the movie, so I’m jealous of anyone with the opportunity to go. Bob was my first musical hero who was someone I could actually talk to. He was charismatic, hilarious, a total pain in the ass, an occasional prima donna, almost always in great voice … basically the perfect frontman.
Thelonious Monster – Walk On Water
Next Saturday Afternoon, 1987
One thing about Bob’s songwriting that always impressed me was his self-awareness. This is actually the hook in “Walk On Water. “What an asshole I must be, think I can walk on water.” He knows he’s being an asshole, but he’s being compared to John Doe and Paul Westerberg. Writers and label suits wouldn’t say that if it weren’t true, would they? Uh yeaaah, about that.
Shaker Films Synopsis
Six years in the making, this documentary film follows outspoken indie-rock hero Bob Forrest, through his life-threatening struggle with addiction, to his transformation into one of the most influential and controversial drug counselors in the US today. Bob And The Monster crafts contemporary footage, animation and compelling interviews with archival performances and personal videos from Bob’s past to reveal the complex layers of this troubled, but hopeful soul. Testimony from his peers, including Courtney Love, Anthony Kiedis and Flea add texture, but it’s the depth of Bob’s music, interwoven throughout the film, that illuminates this unforgettable and inspirational story.