Rex Brown Recalls the Making of 'Cowboys from Hell,' 'Vulgar Display of Power' and Other Legendary Pantera Albums

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radar150

It seems like you want to ignore the facts. Vinnie Paul has continually been portrayed as being pure as the driven snow since the band split up. While I have deep empathy for anyone who has to endure seeing their brother killed, that in itself does not excuse any weaknesses or character flaws that he has. Nor - by the same token - does the fact that Darrell is no longer with us - erase any less than ideal traits he may have had. It seems to me that Rex is merely trying to paint a broad picture here - one that shows the band in its true light, not in a rose-tinted ' Hey, we were all perfect back then' type of way. Something else worth noting is that while Rex highlights weaknesses in his band-mates, these weaknesses are also confirmed ( in almost all cases) by the cast of contributors he draws upon to comment. Even Rita Haney - who of all people should side with Vinnie Paul - is happy to confirm that he does not always do things the right way. I'm willing to accept your opinions, however I do think that - in time - when people have digested and accepted the fact that NONE of these guys were perfect, Rex's book will be respected for being brutally honest. Arrogant in places? Yes - but that's ALL rock stars for you, but at least nothing is sugar-coated, as is the case in most modern memoirs.

razorrex

I understand that this whole period of Pantera is not as beautiful as it's been portrayed in the past. I understand this. My issue is the way he presents it -- He doesn't simply point out, he attacks and it makes him look bad. Plus he's pretty arrogant at times (I agree that's a Rock star for you...) but for him to take every opportunity to point out everyone else's flaws in a mean-spirited fashion is just... Silly.

I can keep giving examples of him just attacking the other members (You call them "weaknesses" -- I see Rex calling VP a "fat a**") but I feel it will do no good.

It's not that I don't believe Rex in the book, it's just hard for me to take someone's opinion when all they do is bash the other people in the band. Did you not see that in the book at all?

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radar150

I hear what you're saying. But honestly, if all he did was bash and never gave credit for anything, I would have a problem. But he does give considerable credit where it's due and if anything, Phil was given an easier ride than he could have been! I know you're referring to the skiing trip section and to be perfectly honest, I took that for what it was - a bit of ribbing at Vinnie's expense. You and I will probably never entirely agree on this but I genuinely think that Rex's book is a very honest memoir. After all, if you don't like someone - better to say so than be two-faced and pretend you do! There's way too much of that in the world, no?

razorrex

Haha, well I can't argue with that! Well played, sir. Well played!

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box of dope

rex just wants us all to think hes the cool mr. innocent guy. we all know that he cowered away while our favorite band was being torn apart.

razorrex

After reading this article from Guitar World I went out and bought Rex's book. It is absolutely terrible. Rex constantly states that he "is neutral" in the whole feud but let me give you this snippet:

"Dime, I cannot stand your f****** brother, Vinnie Paul." (By the way, this is the first words in the book. The very first words.)

He then proceeds to slam VP at every chance. At one point in the book he calls him a Fat A** four times in the span of two pages.

This isn't a tell-all book. It's a "Rex Brown is cool, the rest of Pantera followed my lead with Vinnie Paul dragging us down."

Ridiculous book and I wonder if he'll be sued for libel?

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radar150

Jeez did you miss the point - or rather chose to. Rex later explains that opening line of the book - and why he said it. Also, he doesn't cheap shot anyone for the fun of it. In fact he calls HIMSELF on as many things as he does the others. Until now, we all thought that the only reason for Pantera's break down was Phil's drug use but Rex illustrates in his book how there were character flaws in all of them ( himself included) that contributed to the tension. I suggest you re-read with your blinkers off.

razorrex

I'm not sure what book you read, but mine had quotes like this gem:

"Dime wasn't the most intelligent of guys, at least in an academic sense, although he did have different ways of trying to appear that he was. I'd call him Socrates sometimes to piss him off because he'd come up with what he thought was a brilliant idea, but to everyone else it was so f*ng stupid. He'd use these big words, and I'd just say "Yeah, okay, Socrates Plato."

Might I suggest you take off your rose colored glasses and re-read the book also, as it is full of attacks like this on all the other members of Pantera. If I were to say "Hey, I only practice with my band because I thought the other dudes could benefit" you'd laugh at how egotistical I was sounding... But because it's Rex from Pantera it's not a cheap shot topped with ego?

Sure, he picks at himself a bit. He talks about how he wasn't interested in school even though he had a chance to get a scholarship to the best musical college in Texas. Man. That's some serious flaw exposure.

I didn't "miss the point" -- I see it for what it is.

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