The Shaming of the True is a rock opera by Kevin Gilbert, his second solo album. It was released posthumously in 2000.
The release has appeared in four editions: a limited-edition (of 1400) hardbound book with CD released early in 2000, with artwork and complete libretto; a more conventional jewel-case CD edition later in the year; a remastered conventional jewel box CD edition in 2008; and Special Limited Edition 2 Disc Set with an orchestrated version of "A Long Day's Life," a spoken word version of the entire album performed by Jamie DeWolf, and fourteen 12″ × 12″ prints.
The album follows the career of a singer/musician named Johnny Virgil, which follows an arc common to many big rock and roll bands/stars. It starts out promisingly, but he is lured into the common trap of record-company exploitation and seduced by fame and drugs/alcohol. He becomes more and more burned out and withdrawn as his career becomes larger than life, feeling like he's losing touch with his humanity, until the whole thing culminates in a breakdown. He goes through a period of disillusionment and depression but eventually makes peace with himself. A number of clues (last song title, lyric "End of a long days life," reprise of train whistle in distance, etc..) may also indicate that Johnny dies penniless on the street or takes his own life.