On April 14, 2020 Rare Bird Books of Los Angeles publishes Lou’s long awaited memoir SONIC WARRIOR: My Life As A Rock and Roll Reprobate (Tales of Sex, Drugs and Vomiting at Inopportune Moments). The book is a collection of insane-but-true stories from his decades in the music biz. It includes chapters like “The Time Our Tour Bus Ran Over A Guy on the NJ Turnpike,” “The Time Snoop Dogg Got Me So High I Drooled in My Own Lap” and “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.” A full list of chapter titles is below. The Foreword is written by his friend Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour. Plus, there will be an original illustration for each chapter by Lou’s longtime partner-in-artistic-crime Alan MacBain.
Pre-order from Rare Bird Lit here. Pre-order from Amazon here. Pre-order from Barnes & Noble here. Pre-order from BookShop.org here.
Press for Lou’s book is being handled by Atom Splitter PR. You can reach out to his publicist Amy Sciaretto here.
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.
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 here. Jewish 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 raves about the book here.
Podcast Roundup: 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.
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”
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!
The 2018 holiday card from Lou and Darla has been revealed and it may be the best yet!
Based on Ralph Steadman’s “Bats Over Barstow” illustration from Hunter S. Thompson’s landmark novel “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” Lou’s is “Fear and Loathing at the North Pole.” It features he and Darla maniacally sledding through a frozen landscape.
The art was created by LB’s longtime partner in artistic crime Alan MacBain of the Alan MacBain Cartoon Company.
Inside the card the caption reads, “We were somewhere around the Arctic Circle on the edge of the tundra when the eggnog began to take hold. Suddenly there was a terrible HO-HO-HO all around us and the sky was full of what looked like red-nosed reindeer, all swooping and screeching and diving around the sled, which was going about a hundred miles an hour to the North Pole.”
The art can be enjoyed online. A select few physical cards went out to family and friends. Also, as the best way to get Christmas card from someone is to send them card, Lou mailed off cards to a number of listeners who had been kind enough to send to him.
Happy and Merry Whatever It is You Celebrate! The annual Lou Brutus holiday card has been unveiled for 2015! Art has once again been provided by The Alan MacBain Cartoon Company. The card features Darla the Wonder Dog and LB done in the style of illustrator Edward Gorey. Quantities are limited!
The Lou Brutus holiday card for 2014 has been unveiled.
Once again, the artwork has been created by Lou’s longtime partner in artistic crime Alan MacBain of The Alan MacBain Cartoon Company.
This year the theme is Guardians of the Holiday with Lou and his beloved Darla the Wonder Dog joined by a bevy of rock star friends in a scene from the Guardians of the Galaxy film poster.
Brutus takes the Star Lord postion while Lzzy Hale of Halestorm is Gamora, Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch is Drax the Destroyer and Jim Root of Slipknot stands in as Groot. A snarling Darla fires a laser a la Rocket Raccoon.
The cards are only sent out to friends and family of Lou’s. However, a very small amount of them will be made available to fans through LB’s social networks. Keep your eyes on the official Lou Brutus Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Good Luck!
Continuing his longtime holiday tradition, LB has once again distributed an original Christmas card to his close personal friends with a cheery message of “Merry Brutmas & Happy Lou Year!”
For 2010, the card pictures Brutus as the Grinch Who Stole Christmas complete with Max the Dog and Mount Crumpit in the background. The card was illustrated by Lou’s longtime artistic co-conspirator Alan MacBain. “I’ve done so may projects with Lou drawing him has become second nature. Yet I don’t think I’ll ever get over having to illustrate his monobrow. It’s…unnatural,” said the obviously shaken artist.
Want Alan to illustrate something for you? You can contact him thru his Facebook page here.
The card was done in a limited edition of 100.
Brutusman is back! Lou’s bumbling, superhero wanna-be, alter ego has risen again to victoriously vanquish villainously villainous villains. Drawn by Alan MacBain and written by Lou, Brutusman: The Dark Nut Returns is available here as a free download…one page at a time.
Now the best part, you get to color the pages yourself, either by hand or with your favorite computer program and send them in. We’ll post them here on the site and Brutus will personally reward some of his favorites with cool surprises! We’ve posted a few of them already below.
To download your free copy, just click here for a PDF or here for a JPEG of the cover. To send in a copy you’ve colored, just click here and attach the file. Watch for the next installment soon!
The comic book is already generating an insane amount of attention including FMQB and All Access.