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Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  949 ratings  ·  89 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Da Capo Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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John Whitfield
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
It's sad, I was hoping this book would shed some light on the whole Pantera situation but it didn't. Rex is self absorbed and pretty much a prick. He spends most of the book talking about trivial crap about his up bringing and how he can kick anyone's ass. Also he thinks very highly of himself as a bass player and touches on that several times. This book seemed to be poorly written. He says "and the whole bit" over and over again through out the book which started to drive me nuts. Look, I'm a ...more
May 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Finally: An inside account of the rise and fall of the greatest metal band of the 90's from Rex Brown. Pantera's bassist pulls no punches and leaves no stone unturned in this chronological autobiography. Coupled with interviews from other band members over the last decade, 'Official Proof' fills in the many blanks left after the band disintegrated shortly after the North American tour for their final record 'Reinventing The Steel'. The shocking, on-stage murder of guitarist 'Dimebag' Darrell ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: rockerers
Rex Brown is naturally gifted at everything. Bass guitar, skiing, golf, home renovations, gambling, drinking, fighting, being respectful, being a husband, being an ex husband, being an occasionally sober father, being awesome, being Rex Brown etc etc. If you don't believe how talented Rex Brown is, buy this book and over the course of nearly 300 pages Rex Brown will inform and repeatedly remind you just how talented and wonderful Rex Brown is. Oh yeah, this is also a book about the band Pantera. ...more
Chuy Ruiz
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh. I only finished it because I don't like leaving books half read. Pantera has been one of my favorite metal bands for the better part of my life so curiosity got the better of me, but I didn't need to read any of this. tl dr: Bands have problems communicating, tensions rise, touring all the time makes it hard to get along. Rex is amazing at everything he does.
Also, I don't know how it got past the editor and ghost writer that "...and the whole bit" was on every other page to end a sentence.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
It's funny, metal musicians and rockstars try to look all tough and badA$$, and boast about their hardliving and occasional fights and riots and moshpits, Endless tattoos of demons and debauchery... but nobody cries like little hurt babies more than these spoiled primadonnas. Hence: this book.

Here's the note I gave to myself while reading this:
" Big tough brutal dark metal bands: "you hurt my feelings." "No, you hurt my feelings." "I'm not talking to you anymore." "I have too much anxiety." "I
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Pantera fans
Shelves: memoir, music, audiobook
Pantera was a hugely popular heavy metal band that emerged from Texas in the 1990s. While there have been many books and articles published about the band's success and ultimate demise, Pantera bassist Rex Brown's perspective is one I expected to be reliable on the basis that he was there. His new book, Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera, which he wrote with Metallica chronicler Mark Eglinton, does feel like an honest and authentic telling of the band's story.
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Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of Pantera for as long as I can remember, which even lead me to name my cat after them many years ago. This book is the memoir of their bassist, Rex Brown, who provides a personal narrative about the creation of the band, the success of the band, and the downfall of the band, most of which I hadn't known about, even back in the day. What struck me most about this book was Brown's personal insights and reflections into the relationships he had with everyone in the band, and how ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Rex loves him some Rex! A lot of harsh words towards his Pantera band mates and perhaps that is fair. Plenty of sad tales, too. And at least towards the end, Rex turns the microscope on himself without it being a self-love fest. It’s sad that the Abbott brothers are now both gone. While the demise of Pantera is covered, it came across ay least partially glossed over.
Dave Mason
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
A bit full of himself - super smart, super talented, super strong...super tiresome. Kind of a dick to the other guys; especially Vinnie. No real fun here. More gossipy than it was insightful about life in the band. I was glad when I was done, which sort of says it all.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Poorly written and poorly conceived. Brown has gained little insight and little wisdom from his life's ordeals.
Brad Tierney
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like Rex Brown. I always have. I knew I’d like this book going into it, and it didn’t disappoint.

4/5 Skulls
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
If you read this as an autobiography of Rex Brown it’s ok, if you’re looking for a deep dive into the tragic murder of Dimebag Darrell from the perspective of an insider, those parts are thin. I enjoyed the parts about his upbringing, family and drinking problems. I appreciated the insights from other people involved with the group.

To read this as a Pantera biography, despite the title, is a mistake. There is simply not enough here to make it too compelling of an autobiography and the
Joseph Allocca
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you're like me, your first impression when you read this book is going to be "Wow, Rex is a dick." There are a couple of points where he throws various members under the bus a bit, and gets very harsh. It isn't until you get towards the end that he gives some perspective and shines light on his own problems.

There are some pretty interesting stories in the book, and its a compelling read for any fan of Pantera. I was always a fan of their music first, so I don't know much about the others
Marilou Johnson
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rex Brown, bassist for Pantera has put out a brutally honest book on the ups and downs of being in a hugely world famous band. He pulls no punches with his writing and I highly recommend this book for not only Pantera fans, but anyone wanting a closer look at the inner workings of being in a rock band.
Jason Schneeberger
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not the best written book in the world, nor the most insightful, but still, any fan of Pantera should read this.
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it
It was a good read, could have read it in one sitting but was to busy. The words "the whole bit" got really annoying after a while.
Senkiv Zalachenko
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
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Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music-boigraphy
This book is worth the read by fans of Rex’s bands: Pantera and Down. As the title suggests the primary focus is on the life of the band Pantera. It is also Rex’s biography up to about 2011. The first hand perspective in this amount of detail might never be seen anywhere else for Pantera (unless Phil Anselmo puts out his own autobiography at some point?) Already in this book there are segments of first hand accounts by other members of Pantera’s network, including record company managers, ...more
Chris Minzey
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one is a good read. Entertaining and informative. Pantera was/is the king of american metal. They started something special among heavy metal fans. If you are a fan I highly recommend this book. It kinda touches the heart at times while having you laughing out loud at other times. You learn a lot about Rex and how he came to be a musician and part of pantera. If not a pantera fan it might not be the book for you. I loved it personally.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome insight from one of the band members own personal agenda. Not biased at all towards the group. Considering Rex is one of the least talked about members it goes to show even the quitest guy in the room can be the smartest. 5 stars.
I recommend to any Pantera fan who loves and acknowledges their music as a hierachy of inportance during the 90's
RIP VINNIE and DIME. The Abbot brothers.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very well written book. Rex tell his story as well as the bands' story in an easy to read and follow way. He's not overly egotistical, in fact quite the opposite he's actually a gentleman. He filled in the gaps of the story that I wanted to know. Really enjoyed!!
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
For any Pantera fan it's worth the read just for a few stories about the band and insights into how the albums were made. Rex doesn't exactly come out looking well tho. Not that this is his intention of course but that's how it plays out imo.
D A Devlin
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greatest metal band ever

Only downside to the book is understanding they will never reform as too much animosity still between Vinnie and Phil
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting stories. More of a running commentary than a full-fledged autobiography. Quick read, though. Similar to Mustaine's autobiography.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it!
mike juehring
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solid read

It's a solid read for any Pantera fan. Great insight into the music and legacy of Pantera. Check it out.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography, music
Great inside story about what really happened with Pantera.
Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it
While this memoir reads like a series of drunken rants written down as-is, it's nevertheless a compelling account of the rise and fall of one of my favourite bands from my teenhood. Vinnie Paul certainly doesn't come across well (Brown paints him as an 'immature' control freak who was always desperate to get laid), and even Dimebag himself gets taken down a peg or two. Still, much of it comes across as the last crowings of an old rocker who wants to humble-brag about how much coke he could snort ...more
Dustin Abraham
May 22, 2013 rated it liked it
I want to stick this review more to the book than the band or the current situation of the surviving band members. But I have to say that Pantera is my all-time favorite band and this book is essential reading for any Pantera fan. A month or so prior to reading this book, I read Zac Crain's unofficial biography of Darrell Abbott. Of all the band members, Rex is the one I knew the least about. After reading his book and all the other stuff I have read, heard, or seen about the band, I have come ...more
Alexander Jørgensen
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good and varied take on the rise and fall one of the best metal bands of the 90s. Well worth the time.
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Rex Robert Brown is an American musician and Author, who is best known as the longtime bassist for the Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling band Pantera.

He is currently the bassist for the band Kill Devil Hill and is a former member of Down.

Brown authored a book called Official Truth 101 Proof, which was released in April 2013. The book documented Pantera's formation, career, and break-up