“SONIC WARRIOR” ON SALE NOW!!!

SONIC WARRIOR: My Life As A Rock and Roll Reprobate (Tales of Sex, Drugs and Vomiting at Inopportune Moments) is on sale now! Published by Rare Bird Lit of Los Angeles, it has already topped several of the new book charts at Amazon! The book is a collection of insane-but-true stories from his decades in the music biz. A full list of chapter titles is below. The Foreword was written by his friend Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour. Plus, there’s an original illustration for each chapter by Lou’s longtime partner-in-artistic-crime Alan MacBain.

BUY: Order from Rare Bird Lit here. Order from Amazon here. Order from Barnes & Noble here. Order from BookShop.org hereOrder from IndieBound.org here. Get the Kindle edition here.

AUDIOBOOK: You can also hear SONIC WARRIOR as an audiobook! It clocks in at over seven-hours with LB as your humble narrator. Check out a sample here. Here’s another sample.  But it on Audible here. Buy via Google Play here. You can also buy it on iTunes.

PRESS ENQUIRIES: Members of the press interested in speaking with Lou about the book can reach out to Julia Callahan of Rare Bird Lit here.

RIGHTS ENQUIRIES: If you are interested in speaking about film, television, or other rights clearances please contact Robert Diforio at D4EO Literary Agency here.

REVOLVER: To read an *insane* excerpt from the book, check out the article from Revolver Magazine here. However, if you’re easily offended, you might want to avoid! LOL. It involves Corey Taylor pulling the greatest opening band prank in history on Shadows Fall. NSFW!

VENTS MAGAZINE: Writer Ryan Vandergriff of Vents Magazine raves about the book here. He says it’s “Nothing less than a beautiful miracle of a rock love letter.” An interview with Lou follows here.

DIGITAL JOURNAL: Reviewer Markos Papadatos gives an “A” rating to the book here. He says, “Overall, Lou Brutus soars on his Sonic Warrior book, which is a breath of fresh air. It is the ideal book to read during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in an effort to provide an escape from life’s daily stresses.”

BOOKTRIB: The lit magazine BookTrib has published an excerpt from the chapter “The Time Hunter S. Thompson Menaced Me with Depraved Violence and A Bottle of Chivas Regal” here. This piece is also published by the Chicago Tribune here. Update: This article has now been picked up nationally and has been appearing in newspapers around the country.

I’M MUSIC MAGAZINE: In this interview, Lou gets rather lengthy and philosophical with Don Manuszewski of I’m Music Magazine. Check it out here.

IN CONVERSATION: This is the an episode of the “In Conversation” podcast from Lou’s publisher Rare Bird Lit. It features J.J. Anselmi the author of Doomed to Fail: The Incredibly Loud History of Doom, Sludge, and Post-metal and I speaking for an hour about our respective books and music in general. A super-interesting talk here.

REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS: The Hype Magazine has named SONIC WARRIOR one of “15 Books Worth Adding to Your Early 2020 Reading List.” Library Journal calls Lou’s writing “wonderful” and recommends it hereJewish Journal includes LB on their “20 Books Worth Adding to Your ‘Early 2020’ Reading List.” Other early press mentions for the book include Inside Radio, GetRocked.net, RevenantMedia.com, and numerous blogs. Neal Middleton of Royal Bliss gushes about the book here. Andy Hall of Lazer 103 in Des Moines, Iowa has LB as guest here. Lou speaks with Chelsea of Metal Contraband here. Old friend Wes Styles has LB read a chapter from the book during an interview here. Elwood of Q-Rock 100.7 in Chicago has Lou do a chapter reading on-the-air here. The gang at V100 Topeka interview Lou here. The Afternoon Program on 102.9 The Hog in Milwaukee WI features LB here. Brutus speaks with Sparky from 104.1 The Blaze in Lincoln NB here. Check out the excellent reviews for the book on Goodreads here. Lou chats again with V100 in Topeka here. Check out an awesome interview with Giles Brown of Talk Radio Europe here. The Hard Times names SW to their list “20 Books About Music to Read Until We Can All Go to Shows Again” here. There is a lengthy interview with LB from Metal Insider here.

VIDEO: Check out Lou unboxing the first copies of the book as well as give you your initial look at the illustrations here. See LB and Darla the Wonder Dog signing copies here. Watch a reading by LB via Facebook Live on the first of Lou’s Virtual Book Tour stops here. Watch the second virtual tour stop here. There’s another book talk here. There’s a book read followed by a listener Q&A here. Lou walks you though who is in the book’s dedications and why here. LB thanks the team of people behind the book here. Watch as LB does a takeover of the hardDrive Radio Facebook page here. There’s another reading with audience Q&A here.

PODCASTS: Brutus has recently spoken at length about the book on a number of podcasts. Listen here for him on the Welcome to Cooperville podcast. Catch Lou guesting on The Rock Fest Podcast here. He also spoke to The Stylecast with Wes Styles here. LB joined Brando on Appetite for Distortion here. You can hear him speak about the KISS-related topics in the book with Three Sides of the Coin here. Nerdy music talk with The Revelator Show is here. And hear Lou on The Midwest Metal Show here. The Spirit of Radio Podcast features Lou here. LB guests on Honest Brutality here. Lou’s guest slot on Talk Toomey is here. His appearance on the WFOD show is here. The Night Nerd with LB as guest here. Watch Lou on an excellent Rock Titan TV broadcast here. There’s a guest spot on the You can hear Lou on Beyond the Playlist here. Check out LB with the folks from the Metal Injection Livecast here. Brutus takes over the 101.5 Bob Rocks page for a reading here. There’s a guest spot on Thunder Underground here.

Here’s a complete list of the chapter titles.

“The Time I Attended My First Concert & Threw Up On Carlos Sanchez”
“The Time I Went to the Arctic and Got in A Mosh Pit with A Bunch of Kids in Polar Bear Fur While Metallica Sang About Sodomizing A Goat”
“The Time Snoop Dogg Got Me So High I Drooled in My Own Lap”
“The Time I Escaped the Wisconsin State Police and Their Fake Phallus Felony Enforcement”
“The Time Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Menaced Me with Depraved Violence and I Bottle of Chivas Regal”
“The Time Motley Crue’s Roadies Showed Me the Grossest Thing in the History of Western Civilization”
“The Time Keith Richards Drained the Life Energy Out of My Body Through the Palm of My Hand”
“The Time Our Tour Bus Ran Over A Guy on the NJ Turnpike”
“The Time Stevie Nicks Locked Herself in the Bathroom with My Girlfriend, Which Led Me to Fear I’d Get Whacked by the Mob”
“The Time Gene Simmons of KISS Proved to Be the Hottest Bowler in the Land”
“The Time Frank Zappa Made My Hawaiian Shirt Famous”
“The Time A Pair of Dave Matthews Band Tickets Helped Me to Learn Sensitive Military Information Inside the Situation Room of the White House”
“The Time I Was Peed On by A Famous Rock ‘N’ Roll Dog”
“The Time A Band of Musical Superheroes Dressed Me Up As A Lobster Then Beat Me Up in Front of A Thousand People”
“The Time Dave Grohl Proved Himself the Most Down-to-Earth Rock Star On the Planet”
“The Time I Learned the Horrible Truth About Heavy Metal Feet”
“The Time I Accidentally Became A Rock Star As Well As the Most Hated Man in the State of Michigan”
“The Time Robert Plant Charmed the Shit Out of My Date Because He’s A Rotten, Limey Bastard”
“The Time I Thought My Wife Was Gonna Kill Me Over A Five Finger Death Punch Ring”
“The Time I Was Backstage and It Was Exactly Like What People Think Backstage is Like but Usually Never Is”
“The Time I Rained Vomit Down Upon the Biggest Concert in History”

BRUTUS ON SXM TURBO

Join Lou Brutus was guest host on SiriusXM Turbo. He told numerous stories from the pages of his memoir “Sonic Warrior: My Life As A Rock N Roll Reprobate” and play many of the bands featured in the book. It debuted on Friday May 15th via SXM channel number 41.

However, if you missed it, you can listen to an extended version of the show via SiriusXM On Demand. Lots of extra tunes and stories!

SONIC WARRIOR ROAD TOUR: POSTPONED

Lou Brutus had planned hitting the road to support his new memoir SONIC WARRIOR: My Life As A Rock N Roll Reprobate (Tales of Sex, Drugs, and Vomiting At Inopportune Moments). We are sorry to say that the initial dates have been postponed due to the ongoing health concerns. However, we assure you he will be joining you around the country as soon as the coast is clear!

The Sonic Warrior Road Tour 2020 had announced its initial dates. When the events eventually happen, Lou will give an overview of the book, read selections from requested chapters, do an audience Q&A, and sign copies. You can also expect him to have limited edition memorabilia to celebrate the events. There will be books for sale at each one of these stops.

Admission will be FREE!

These were the initial dates and we are making sure they all happen later…

Saturday April 11 at Barnes & Noble in Edison, NJ. 2pm. POSTPONED!

Tuesday April 14 at Blono Pizza Co. in Normal, IL. 7pm. POSTPONED!

Wednesday April 15 at Lion’s Mouth Bookstore in Green Bay, WI. 7pm. POSTPONED!

Thursday April 16 at Vaudeville News in Des Moines, Iowa. 7pm. POSTPONED!

Friday April 17 at Harley-Davidson of Madison in Madison, WI. 7pm. POSTPONED!

On the bright side, there will be many more appearances announced in the coming months. Lou also intends on doing signings at Rock Fest in Cadott, WI this July. Fingers crossed that all is well by then. There is also a rumor that Darla the Wonder Dog will be making select appearances at some dates!

BRUTUS HAPPENS AT #HAPPENS

What happens in Vegas happens at #Happens.

#Happens is a yearly gathering of music and media in Las Vegas that brings together artists, tastemakers, influencers, brands, and others that concentrates on the world of new Rock music. It occurred this year in late-February at the Golden Nugget.

Among the presentations and band performances, Brutus gave the first reading from his forthcoming memoir SONIC WARRIOR: My Life As A Rock N Roll Reprobate. Along with two-chapter excerpts, he gave an overview of the project and also fielded questions from the audience.

It was not a public event. The presentations and showcases were only open to official attendees. However, it included radio and record friends from around the USA. We will shortly post dates for Lou’s initial book tour dates.

The entire schedule of events from #Happens can be seen here.

“SONIC WARRIOR” AUDIOBOOK

The street date for Lou’s memoir is April 14, 2020 and that’s the same day you’ll also be able to get it in audiobook form!

SONIC WARRIOR: My Life As A Rock and Roll Reprobate (Tales of Sex, Drugs and Vomiting at Inopportune Moments) is being released by Recorded Books. You’ll be able to acquire it wherever you get audiobooks.

As per your (insistent) requests, the audiobook is being read by Lou himself! He recently did the reading at the DuArt Media Services studios in New York City. The legendary company has a century-long history in film and media production with an Academy Award to their credit. That Oscar is actually in their lobby. The main narration took two-days to complete with a third day left for pick ups and fixes.

Brutus thanks the incredible crew he worked with on the recording in New York including Evan, Tovi, and Nick.

You can preorder the audiobook from Audible here. Further links posted as they become available.

BRUTUS RETURNS TO HOST ROCKFEST 2020

For the fifth straight year, LB will return as host one of the premiere concert events in America: Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin.

This year may very well be the best lineup in the long history of the festival. It includes Slipknot, Disturbed, Staind, Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit, Theory of A Deadman, Hellyeah, Saint Asonia, Anthrax, Of Mice & Men, Bad Wolves, Chevelle, Hollywood Undead, All That Remains, Like A Storm, Crobot, Bones UK, Avatar, We Came As Romans, Fozzy, Memphis May Fire, Gemini Syndrome, Through Fire, Hyro the Hero, Rachel Lorin, and many more.

Brutus will host onstage, interview the artists backstage, and be in the photo pit capturing the action. You’ll also have chances to meet him in person at special signings for his new book SONIC WARRIOR: My Life As A Rock N Roll Reprobate. Darla the Wonder Dog will not be appearing.

Lou was recently a guest on The Rock Fest Podcast with Cooper. They cover the festival, getting baked with Snoop Dogg, and what is now being referred to as The Darla Factor. Listen to it here.

For ticket information and more hit Rock-Fest.com.

10 QUESTIONS WITH LOU BRUTUS

The esteemed broadcast industry website All Access has honored Lou by making him the subject of their first 10 Questions feature for the rock world in the new year.

Brutus was quizzed about many aspects of his career, even going back as far as his internship at WMMR/Philadelphia. They also cover how he first came to be nationally syndicated, some of his favorite interviews, and his thoughts on how Rock music is treated by the Grammy Awards. There is also insight into Lou’s forthcoming book SONIC WARRIOR: My Life as A Rock N Roll Reprobate (Tales of Sex, Drugs and Vomiting at Inopportune Moments) and even a section on Darla the Wonder Dog.

You can read the entire interview here.

Many thanks to both Ken Anthony and Joel Denver of All Access for featuring LB and congratulations to them on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the site.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM LOU & DARLA

As the holiday season opens, Lou and Darla the Wonder Dog have unveiled their Christmas card for 2019.

This year’s card features artwork based on the cover of an old Archie Comics Christmas Classic. Lou explained, “I figured since the new Riverdale show was wreaking havoc on Archie’s legacy, it would be nice to salute the comic’s old school roots.”

As with previous cards, the art was done by The Alan MacBain Cartoon Company. You can check out older cards and other images in the Art section of the site here. Alan is currently working on original illustrations for Lou’s upcoming book entitled “Sonic Warrior: My Life As A Rock N Roll Reprobate (Tales of Sex, Drugs & Vomiting at Inopportune Moments).” The book will be published by Rare Bird Books on April 14, 2020.

Each of this year’s cards are hand-signed by both Lou and Darla. If you’re not already on the list to receive one, the best way to get a card is to send a card of your own. The address is Brutus World Industries PO Box 361 Arnold, MD 21012. Supplies are limited!

SLIPKNOT AT THE IOWA STATE FAIR

It was a history making event as Slipknot headlined the Iowa State Fair with LB on hand to interview and photograph the band, as well as act as stage emcee.

The group had dreamed of playing the hometown event for twenty-years, but a variety of factors kept them from making happen. However, on Saturday August 10th, 2019, it finally happened. The gig, which occurred the day after the new album “We Are Not Your Kind” was released, was completely sold out with French metal gods Gojira opening the proceedings. Lou was given the honor of announcing the band at this momentous occasion, having been introduced to the crowd by his friend Andy Hall from longtime hardDriveRadio affiliate Later 103.3 in Des Moines. He gave a short, emotional speech on his love for the band and the importance of live music.

Before the show, Lou conducted at 30-minute interview with the band’s Corey Taylor which covered every aspect of the new album and latest tour cycle. He then photographed the concert from the photo pit then ended the night joining the band backstage. In the days leading up to the concert, Brutus drove the diehard maggots into a frenzy with limited-edition stickers commemorating the show featuring the fair’s legendary butter cow, which is literally a cow carved from butter. Droves of fans combed the fairgrounds in search of LB calling out the phrase from the sticker “You can’t see Iowa without the butter cow’s eyes!” The stickers are now completely gone.

SONIC TEMPLE

A debt of gratitude to everyone involved in my weekend at the Sonic Temple Festival. The artists include Disturbed, Papa Roach, Ghost, Bring Me the Horizon, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Chevelle, The Struts, The Hives, The Interrupters, The Glorious Sons, Palaye Royale, Halestorm, Tom Morello, Parkway Drive, Beartooth, Avatar, Starset, Bad Wolves, Badflower, Killswitch Engage, Architects, Fever 333 and others I’m forgetting as I’m running on fumes. Thanks to the tour managers, label staffs, crews, techs, security, drivers and additional people who make rock shows run behind the scenes. Props also to the people from both DWP and Mapfre Stadium for the hospitality. Major kudos to the hardDrive Radio crew including Paul Spagna and James Shefferman for being the boots on the ground while Bill Powell handled tech and social media offsite. Finally, the biggest thanks go to the fans who come out to slog thru the heat and rain to bring it all to life. Let’s do it some more!