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Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera
Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera
by Rex Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Viscerally direct and the definitive word on Pantera, 25 July 2013
Where Rex Brown's memoir scores over so many other similar books is that while it touches on the glamor (or perceived glamor) of being a rock star, it counterbalances the picture by really spelling out the downsides - in a manner that really resonates with the regular fans. Yes, they had money, yes they had success and yes that had its predictable benefits but the downside - on a human level - just isn't worth it if you don't look after yourself and those close to you. It;s Brown's perspective that's most startling while he navigates his roots from rural Texas to the stadiums of the world. Obviously the tragic death of Dimebag Darrell looms over the entire narrative and Brown succeeds in clarifying some of the issues that have plagued Pantera's history since they broke down in 2001 - as well as casting light on some new and extremely eyeopening revelations regarding the business side of the band, not to mention the music biz generally.

While doing so he's harsh on Vinnie Paul, he's harsh on Anselmo and he's even harsh on Dimebag but above all it's himself that gets the most negative analysis and that's a rare thing in this world of rampant ego. Pantera fans will love Brown's abrasive style : after all it's entirely in keeping with the pummeling music. But this engaging book will also appeal to both the casual music fan AND those in search of a good human story. Don't expect redemption though, it's not there. A bit like real life in many cases. Outstanding.

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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars solid indeed, 10 Jun 2013
This review is from: 13 (Audio CD)
Let's be honest and say that Ozzy's last great album with Sabbath was 1975' SABOTAGE, so it was hard to know what to expect, 38 years later. In all honesty, 13 is a solid record. Much fuss was made about the absence of Bill Ward but in all truth 13 doesn't have much material that would have benefited from Ward's distinctive swing style drumming anyway. Standouts are ' Loner' and the blues- influenced ' Damaged Soul' and with the exception of the shaky ' Live Forever', Sabbath have delivered a very worthy edition to their discography. Haters will hate though - they always do - but this is much better than many will lead you to believe.
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