The co-writer of Rex Brown‘s memoir has disputed the former PANTERA bassist’s claim that the book contains passages that were published without Rex‘s consent.
Four years after “Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera” was released, Brown has been publicly critical of the way his autobiography turned out, saying in recent interviews that the book’s publication is partly to blame for the deterioration of his relationship with another former PANTERA member, drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott.
“There was a bunch of shit in my book that was not supposed to be in that book, and I went through ten different edits and they put it in there anyway, and it left a fucking bit of sour in some people’s mouths,” Rex told the “Trunk Nation” radio show earlier this week.
Brown‘s latest comments echo those he made during an online chat last month. Asked what inspired him to write his memoir, Rex said: “That was just at a time where someone had come to me about a book offer and I said, ‘I don’t really wanna do one.’ But I had a lot of stuff, being one that really didn’t ever say anything to the press or… To me, it’s all about the songs, about the jam.” He continued: “It was [written] at a time of my life, and some of the stuff that was said in there shouldn’t have been printed; it was taken off the cuff. But I think, in general, that’s where I was at that time.”
Anselmo also commented on the fact that Vinnie Paul was at times painted in a very negative light in Rex‘s book.
“I’m not sure that type of beating [on Vince] was necessary,” Anselmo said. “Vince is a difficult guy and was always a different type of guy. But did he deserve that type of beating? I don’t think so. It’s a shame.”
He continued: “Rex has many faults, just like anyone else. But it sure seems like he wants to put fault on other people to take away from his humanity. We’re all full of faults. Maybe it’s easier for some of us to admit.”