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Black Tooth Grin is the first biography of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, the Texas-bred guitarist of the heavy metal band Pantera, who was murdered onstage in 2004 by a deranged fan--24 years to the day after John Lennon met a similar fate. Darrell Abbott began as a Kiss-inspired teenage prodigy who won dozens of local talent contests. With his brother, drummer Vinnie Abbott, he formed Pantera, becoming one of the most popular bands of the '90s and selling millions of albums to an intensely devoted fan base. While the band's music was aggressive, "Dime" was outgoing, gregarious, and adored by everyone who knew him. From Pantera's heyday to their implosion following singer Phil Anselmo's heroin addiction to Darrell's tragic end, Black Tooth Grin is a moving portrait of a great artist.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306815249
ISBN-10: 0306815249
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 25mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 4-Jun-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Zac Crain

Texas-based author Zac Crain was music editor for the Dallas Observer, and currently is an editor at American Way and a regular contributor to Spin.