Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera

Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera

by Rex Brown
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Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera by Rex Brown

Few heavy metal acts survived the turmoil of the early 1990s music scene. Pantera was different. Instead of humoring the market, the band instead demanded that the audience come to them by releasing a series of fiercely uncompromising, platinum albums, including Vulgar Display of Power and Far Beyond Driven—two #1 albums that, like Metallica’s And Justice for All, sold millions of copies despite minimal airplay.

Rex Brown’s memoir is the definitive account of life inside one of rock’s biggest bands, which succeeded against all odds but ultimately ended in tragedy when iconic lead guitarist Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott was murdered mid-performance by a deranged fan.

This is a lucid account of the previously untold story behind one of the most influential bands in heavy metal history, written by the man best qualified to tell the truth about those incredible and often difficult years of fame and excess.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306821370
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Rex Brown was born in 1966 in Graham, Texas. He joined Pantera in 1982. He has also played with Down and Kill Devil Hill.

Co-author Mark Eglinton is an author, journalist and film-producer currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland. His first book entitled James Hetfield: The Wolf At Metallica’s Door was published in April of 2010 to considerable critical acclaim, fuelled by regular radio appearances across the U.S and Europe to promote it.
He also writes regularly for Outburn magazine and various music websites as well as co-producing a series of rock interview documentaries entitled The Greatest Music Ever Created, And How It Ruined Our Lives, which is co-hosted in conjunction with Metal Hammer magazine. Eglinton’s role in Brown’s life has become one of friend and confidant, mostly during time spent on the road with Down in Europe.

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Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
WrittenWordLoverForLife More than 1 year ago
Rex is very open about the issues that led to Pantera split as well as his own foibles and general pitfalls of the music industry that most other rock memoirs have chosen to ignore. This book has made me laugh, my jaw drop in surprise and my eyes roll in an oh-no-they-didn't way. It is truly a book for ANYONE interested in a good memoir about an interesting life in general. This is NOT just for Pantera fans! I wasn't at all familiar with the band prior to this book. This is an entertaining, balanced and solid book with stories that have stayed with me in my mind well after reading the final page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd lost track of heavy music but was always a Pantera fan back in the day, so when I saw this was coming out I ordered one straightway and read it in a day. Well, I was shocked by how it all went down and the book is really a good lesson to the younger folks about how fame and fortune can actually be a curse. Honestly told and in a no nonsense style that I'd expect from Rex, this is a game-changer in that it does not in any way sugar-coat this business. Actually the opposite. Going to read it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im moveing this to life of remen)) The ambulance sirens where the first thing he herd. It rounded a cornner with a fire truck and 3 police cars chaseing it. The ambulance stoped at the side of the curb. Malissa was passed out and remen held her head in his lap hoping she wasnt dead. Three men put her on a strecher and put Malissa's fragle body on the ambulance bed. He sat there all the tears drained from his eyes he just stared at his sisters going gray lips and her empty eyes looking straght at him. Remen watched the doctors hooking her up to mchines and pooking needles on her. A lady and a young looking man came up to him. "Hey sweety im carmen. Mrs. Carmen and we have some questions for you." Mrs. Carmen said. He looked up to her and asked in a shakey voice. "Is my sister dead?" His hole body shook. Remen put his face in his shaking hands. Mrs. Carmen came to his side and sat on the curb. She started to rub his back. "Hey she is all right. Can you tell me what happened?" He explaned everything. From whene Malissa let him yose the purple and pink jacket to whene he called 911. The young man wrot everything down. Mrs. Carmen pulled him in for a hug whene he started to bawl after spilling it all. She murmered conforting things. But whene his mom and dad showed up he was scared for his life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a diehard Pantera fan I was really excited to read this when I heard about it. I even broke from tradition in reading reviews before reading the book, so I knew what to expect before picking it up. However, this book lacks in many ways and leaves any fan of the band feeling very disappointed. As only one of three people in the world (along with Phil and Vinnie) with the credibility to write from a first person point of view about one of the greatest metal bands of all time, pioneers in music in general, this is an incomplete, lacking, negative, and rushed story with many gaping holes aching to be filled in with more substantial content. With a band as big as Pantera there are countless escapades and stories to tell! This book should be twice as long with more interesting and captivating material (see "Slash", "Motley Crue: The Dirt", and Keith Richards' autobiography for reference). I did like the input from those close to the band like Rita Haney, Terry Glaze, Walter O'Brien, etc, but I also found that some of the writing didn't flow well. All in all, I appreciate the insight into some of what I didn't know about the breakup of Pantera, but this missed a great opportunity to be the tell all book for these rock gods. Let's hope Phil and/or Vinnie make it happen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You an your people did an awsome job with your book! Very much enjoyed it,maybe one day i will get the chance to get one signed! 100% Awsome!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a number of reviews about this book on various sites and sense that the poor ones are motivated from personal angles ie those who don't like Rex's standpoint in the complex Pantera situation. The truth is that, regardless of your personal opinion of the man, nobody could fault the way he approached his memoir. It's honest, abrasive ( like their music) and  spares nobody some well-deserved criticism ( including himself. Worth remembering too is the fact that these guys were teenagers when Pantera started and are now middle-aged men with more than average miles on the clock. Time has given Rex some great perspective not only on his band but on life in general and that shines throughout. Dimebag's death is handled sensitively and with raw emotion, as you'd expect. The rest you'll need to read for yourself. This is the gold standard of unapologetic, non-airbrushed rock memoirs and should be embraced accordingly. Who knew Rex could write a great book like this.  Beware the quiet one indeed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honest book with stories that reflect the good and bad of the band.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you, Rex, for realizing Pantera fans have their own unanswered "why", too. The book is great ("rife" with what??), it's an easy read, and I'd recommend it to any metal fan. As to getting the "behind the scenes" scoop on the "breakup" of Pantera, it's more than we fans could piece together thus far. And it's honest. Rita and the other contributors are honest, too, even if the answer to the question is really everything... and nothing. R.I.P. Dime, we love you...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best rock memoir I've read in a very long time. On a par with 'Scar Tissue' and 'Life' but from a very different perspective. A MUST for all music fans as you won't hear many artists being quite this honest about the industry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, surprisingly, as I was never huge into Pantera or any of the other bands Rex was in. I DO like Kill Devil Hill and will now go back and listen to some Pantera and Down. Not only did I enjoy the flow and the style of this book, I especially liked the input from other people like Rex' sister, Cheryl, Terry Glaze, Walter O'Brien, Rita Haney and Phil Anselmo's gf. Their stories gave so much color and interest to the overall book. It is a bit of a family love story with all the typical bickering and the love and the frustrations that come from being together so much and for so long and sadly, the non-communication that happens and sometimes doesn't get resolved in time. There are many nuances to this book that made it enjoyable on so many levels. My heart hurt for Rex and for Vinnie and Rita over the tragic loss of Dimebag, who seemed as though would be that guy everyone would want to be friends with and not because he was a big rock star. Lots of fun stuff in there, too. Good balance, nothing sappy or fake in there. I agree with other reviews that this is a book for anyone who wants to read a good true story from one man's perspective.
Reverend_Lucas More than 1 year ago
As a once avid Pantera fan and a bassist, I really wanted to like this book.  I was hoping it would deliver some insight into the minds of the band, or at least tell an interesting story.  I suppose it was in a way insightful - in revealing Pantera as arrogant, childlike simpletons who set the bar as far as rock band cliches go. Rex's attempts to show that he is more than a stereotypical metal guy ironically just sort of confirm that he isn't.  The writing in this book is poor and rife with grammatical/punctual errors. Die hard Pantera fans might want to consider reading this book, but I don't see much reason for others to pick it up.