Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera

Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera

Rex Brown, Mark Eglinton

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 0306822881

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Few heavy metal acts survived the turmoil of the early 1990s music scene. Pantera, featuring the peerless guitar playing of the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, was different. Instead of humoring the market, the band 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—albums that sold millions of copies despite minimal airplay.

This is 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, excess, and tragedy.

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her own. She’d had polio as a child and while there were no lingering effects that could be clearly identified, when Dad got really sick she didn’t cope well at all and it triggered a central nervous reaction that impaired the use of her limbs. What that meant was that in order to take care of Dad while her mobility decreased, I got farmed out to stay with other people more and more, sometimes to people that I hardly knew. Apart from grandparents’ houses on both sides of the family, one of my

of label issues but I had to eliminate all that kind of stuff and make sure that none of it affected the actual making of the record. I was just there to get from A to point B. Basically we spent around $750,000 on that record—renegotiated the contracts with East / West record label and the whole bit—and by God we used every single penny of that, a lot of it on a bunch of bullshit, including paying for a bunch of hangers-on to party on our tab. It seemed like everyone came out of the woodwork

studio, usually from a riff that Dime came up with, and instead of having, say, forty songs to choose from, we’d just focus on doing ten that were killer. Why spend your time on another thirty songs that aren’t ever going to make it? WALTER O’BRIEN Phil kept wanting to go heavier and heavier and heavier, which was strange because he was just as likely to put on a Journey album on the tour bus as he was a Cannibal Corpse record. His big thing was saying how Metallica had sold out and he didn’t

THE PHONE CALL THAT STARTED THE CONVERSATION ABOUT writing this book came at around 3 a.m. U.K. time. In fact, quite a few of Rex’s calls came in the middle of what was my night. He’d been good enough to lend some interview material for a previous book of mine, and during that short process I felt that we formed a bond, despite being, in every sense, from two different worlds. We talked at length about the process of telling the Pantera story from his point of view, and the well-known conflicts

things through the years: struggle, the power within, patience and brotherly love that sometimes in life can run cold. Especially with four egos melting into one ice-block disaster. I’ve been blessed again, in the form of Vinnie Appice, my dear old friend and the baddest fucking drummer alive. Mark Zavon, my new right-hand man, as I used to call brother Dime. And the ever-fabulous Dewey Bragg. We all have a kinship for life like I remember from back in the old days of Pantera. The name of the

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