Confusion Regarding "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott Estate and MJS Music Publications

By Newsferatu, Writer
Monday, May 7, 2007 @ 10:05 AM

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KNAC.COM received the following press release from MJS Publications:

Earlier in 2007 the Abbott estate made a global announcement stating "The family of the late "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott has not authorized anyone in the past or present to author a book on his life." Since the announcement, many websites, blogs, forums, radio stations and print magazines have interpreted this announcement to reference the book published by MJS Music Publications, A Vulgar Display of Power: Courage and Carnage at the Alrosa Villa ("AVDOP"). AVDOP is the authorized biography of Jeffrey "Mayhem" Thompson, Nathan Bray, and Erin Halk. AVDOP in no way attempts to tell the life story of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Although the Abbott estate has not commented on AVDOP since its release, it is undisputed that the Abbott estate could not prevent the telling of the life stories of Thompson, Bray and Halk. These stories have been authorized and recounted by the families of each men. These men are heroes and their legacy lives on in AVDOP.

Mark Sternal, president of MJS Music Publications stated "we have always had an open door with the Abbott estate, and I do not feel this announcement is about our title. In the early stages of writing AVDOP, the Abbott's business manager, Jeff Rasco, provided audio interview content to be used as research for the book. Also, rock photographer Chad Lee contributed photos of guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott with Vinnie Paul Abbott’s blessing and approval. We provided Vinnie with early drafts and were told that he ‘liked what he saw’ but his family did not want to contribute any personal material because it was too soon to discuss the loss of his brother. We have always respected the Abbott's interest, and still do. That is why we do not feel this announcement is about AVDOP."

Because AVDOP is not a book about, or a biography on "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, MJS Publications can only assume that the Abbott estate's announcement is meant to refer to a book currently being written by Zac Crain. Mr. Crain's book is about "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's life and has not been authorized by the Abbott estate according to an email from J. Hoffman, the Abbott family estate's publicist, to MJS Music Publications on April 26, 2007.

About AVDOP: Ex-Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was attacked and murdered while performing with his new band Damageplan on Dec. 8, 2004. While many reports focused only on the crime, several unsung heroes remained forgotten. This is the story of three brave men who made a difference in countless lives by paying the price with their own. Jeffery "Mayhem" Thompson, Nathan Bray and Erin Halk, sharing Darrell Abbott’s passion for life, love and music, will never be forgotten. A Vulgar Display of Power: Courage and Carnage at the Alrosa Villa is a deeply moving story that does an amazing job of honoring the legacy of these great men.

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