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 millions of copies despite minimal airplay.
Rex Brown’s memoir is the definitive account of life inside one of rock’s biggest bands, which succeeded against all odds but ultimately ended in tragedy when iconic lead guitarist Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott was murdered mid-performance by a deranged fan.
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.
My review: Love them or hate them, Pantera did get us through the lame “grunge” years. In 101 Proof, Rex goes into detail talking about his childhood and meeting up with the Abbott brothers and he frankly discusses the end of Pantera and the murder of Darrell Abbott.
The one thing I do not like about 101 Proof is that Rex goes into too much detail about his childhood. It just takes up space in the book, and is rather boring. The space could have been better used. Other than that, it was a great read and I totally recommend it.