Hailed as “the Bob Dylan of his generation” while frontman for the influential Los Angeles post-punk band, Thelonious Monster, singer/songwriter Bob Forrest has since gained a reputation as a respected and prominent addiction recovery counselor (“Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”), which was chronicled in the 2011 documentary Bob and the Monster, and his own memoir, Running With Monsters.
After getting himself clean for the final time in 1996, Forrest went on to form The Bicycle Thief with teenage guitarist Josh Klinghoffer (who has gone on to join the Red Hot Chili Peppers), and in 2007, Forrest contributed to the soundtrack for the Bob Dylan biopic, I’m Not There. On Oct. 9, Forrest releases his first official full-length solo album, Survival Songs.
With production by GRAMMY-winning producer Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Zomba Prison Project), Survival Songs is a deeply personal account of Forrest’s days during and after his struggle with addiction. Recorded live and acoustic, outdoors in Big Sur on the back-porch of his old friend Flea’s house, the record revisits classic, no-longer available material and weds it with new works as a meditation on the cycle of redemption.
The GRAMMY Museum is pleased to welcome Bob Forrest to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation on his new album and personal story of survival, moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares. The conversation will be followed by a special performance, and all proceeds will benefit the GRAMMY Museum and MusiCares, which provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:00pm
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An addict himself, and a former resident at multiple rehabilitation centers, Bob Forrest knows that while safety, containment and repetition help, they aren’t the keys to recovery. In 1996 when he got clean, Bob started developing an innovative and individualized structure for the treatment of addiction.
Bob helps our clients come to a place where they feel they are really, finally accepting personal responsibility for their own recovery. By being in a less restrictive living situation — a positive, supportive living environment, in which they have to really want sobriety — clients become willing to do whatever is necessary to achieve and maintain their recovery. In this sort of an atmosphere, they aren’t just sitting around, but living free with their peers in a supportive, low-pressure, non-judgmental, hands-on recovery setting, a real home, in which they can actively participate in their own individual journeys into sobriety.
“I want to treat addicts with dignity, love and compassion. I’m going to be honest with them. I’m not going to be mad at them if they don’t like what I’m trying to help them accomplish. If they fail or stumble or are defiant, I’m not going to get into arguments with them. I just want to love, help, encourage, nurture and steer people in a more positive direction of life.”