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Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera Hardcover – March 12, 2013
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Revealing Brown deftly explains why Pantera’s music works This book won’t interest the casual Pantera fan. But are there any casual Pantera fans?”
Metal Forces, March 2013
Official Truth, 101 Proof sugarcoats nothing.”
John Shelton Ivany Top 21
Definitive 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.”
A book detailing the highs and lows of super-stardom.”
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No one was closer to the heart of the band than Brown. He was there from the beginning and relates the ups and downs with an unabashed honesty A book about one of the most original metal bands ever.”
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A poignant and heartfelt account of life in a monstrous heavy metal band Read the book. It’s like finally getting the quiet kid in class to open up.”
The book has an easy-going style, and doesn’t seem to be ghost-written like so many other tomes of this sort...If you are a fan of Pantera or 90s metal in general, this book is essential reading.”
A no-holds-barred insight into the mind of someone who became known as the drunk guy in Pantera,’ which is some feat.”
Hard Rockin’ Homemaker, 7/29/2013
A notable and refreshing change from the vast majority of other memoirs I’ve read.”
I enjoyed every page of Official Truth, 101 Proof and learned a ton of stuff about this band.”
The pages of this book will flip fast and when you get to the end you just wish there was more As you read this book, I DARE you not to think you’re sitting right across from the guy sharing each moment Rex tells the story from his side of the stage and his seat in the bus with dignity and no machismo or chest beating on how great they were This is the first autobiography I’ve read truly deserving of 6 out of 5 stars! Yeah it goes one higher than all other ratings.”
Official Truth is a proper rock biography, but it’s not for the faint of heart If you ever thought the world of a rock god was sexy and golden, read Official Truth and think again.”
Plenty of rock 'n roll outlaw behavior is documented in great detail and serves to remind us that Pantera played as hard as they worked With one former band member no longer able to speak for either himself or the band while the other two bandmates remaining on non-speaking terms for the past 9 years with little possibility of reconciliation, Rex Brown, with his sharp memory, honesty, humor, humility, candor and grace, appears as the best spokesperson to document Pantera's history in such a clear manner.”
About the Author
Mark Eglinton is a Scottish author, based mostly in the U.S. As well as being a friend of Rex Brown's having spent time on tour with Down in 2010, he's the author of James Hetfield: The Wolf At Metallica’s Door (IMP, 2010) as well as being a frequent and highly acclaimed contributor to The Quietus a popular culture website voted Best Website by Record Of The Day as well as being hailed by multiple publications including The Guardian, The Times, The New York Times, and Chicago Time Out.
Top Customer Reviews
Some reviewers have pointed out that the main flaw in this book comes from the fact that we're reading one member's point of view, but I don't find that especially bothersome.
Most Pantera fans (me included) consider that the band's early break up was a consequence of Phil Anselmo's drug problems, personality issues and side projects. While Rex doesn't outright contradict that position, he seems to give Vinnie Paul's difficult personality and the accumulated grind of more than a decade of endless touring a much more prominent role on the band's demise. Obviously, it would be incredibly stupid for me to contend Rex's version since I wasn't there, but he does go out of his way to make Vinnie Paul look bad at every possible opportunity, which can be the result of both sour grapes and unresolved issues between those two.Read more ›
I loved reading about their tour with Skid Row and how they used that opportunity to win fans over - that's honestly how I heard them in the first place, when I saw them open for Skid Row. I was totally enthralled and what they brought to metal was so different. Heavy, yet melodic.
One time when I met Rex he was so trashed he was swaying on his feet. Some girl came up to him and popped her boob out of her shirt and asked him to sign it, and drunk as he was he managed to slur "my wife probably wouldn't be happy about that, but I'll sign your ticket for you." That really impressed me, honestly, and I really saw him as the stand up guy and the gentleman of the group. I don't think the way he presented himself in the book was anything but the truth. Very bummed to read his marriage didn't work, however.
Also, I had to laugh about the parts about watching Vinnie try to get laid, because one time he came on to me super heavily and told his "bodyguard", "give her my pager number (remember, this was the 90s)," like he was some sort of badass stud. Embarrassing. I can't imagine night after night of the guys having to watch him try to score, once was enough for me. Haha.
I was never "in" with the band, just lucky enough to meet them multiple times, as they were so accessible and kind to their fans.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent bookand a must read for all fans. A in depth look into pantera. No doubt one of the best bands ever. Everyone needs to stand up , crank up the pantera.Published 10 days ago by Robert patterson
Great book. Nice to hear the perspective of Rex, as he's a private person. What a wild ride.Published 24 days ago by Andrew Royal
A first hand account from Rex on the rise and fall of Pantera, and the effect that Darrell's murder had on him. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeff McMillan
Unfortunately, a big disappointment. I read it just after finishing the biography of Motley Crew - The Dirt, which was amazing, and the difference is colossal. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer