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Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera Hardcover – 12 Mar 2013
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Horns Up Rocks, 3/12:
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.”
Curled Up With A Good Book
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.”
Illinois Entertainer, 7/1/13
Soho Tribune, 6/22/13
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.”
AOL Music's Noisecreep.com, 3/6/13
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.”
Alternative Control blog, 3/22/13
Every Day is a New Day blog, 3/28/13
Record Collector (UK), Issue 414
Decibel, June 2013
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.”
North Coast Voice, 3/20/13-4/3/13 issue and The Cleveland Sound, 3/21/13
Rich Stambolian, 3/15
Boston Phoenix, 3/20/13
Dallas Observer, 3/18/13
Music As Therapy blog, 4/14/13
SLUG (Salt Lake Under Ground) magazine, May 2013
Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera is the starkly honest and revealing memoir by Pantera bassist Rex Brown about his time in one of the most influential and enduringly popular bands in heavy metal history, offering Brown's shocking personal insight into a band that had swapped the grimy clubs of Texas for arenas around the world but whose story would ultimately be touched by tragedy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Plus the half of the book is written by managers (who cannot write at all, besides this was great and that was great etc.).
He certainly does not like Vinnie Paul. As a matter of fact, although he, sooner or later, calls his band mates "brothers", I don't think he liked any of them. Actually, I don't think he likes anyone, apart from, maybe his parents, sister, wife and children.
There are some interesting details, although the book is not too detailed. Don't expect many touring stories or details about recording the records.
The book is written in a very unprofessional way. At many times it goes back and forth, gets confusing and the writing is just too basic(he uses and abuses the expression "the whole bit" for example...). Also, many comments from other people do not bring any richness to text whatsoever (his sister's comments for example..).
As someone wrote the highlight is the part when he describes Vinnie skiing. Priceless. He also talks a lot about Metallica.
It's a basically nice book to read if you're a Pantera/Rex Brown hard-core fan. I like Pantera's music but I got bored a few times when reading it...
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Phil's book is so much better than this........
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