Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan

by Alan Paul, Andy Aledort


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The first definitive biography of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, with an epilogue by Jimmie Vaughan, and foreword and afterword by Double Trouble’s Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon.

Just a few years after he almost died from a severe addiction to cocaine and alcohol, a clean and sober Stevie Ray Vaughan was riding high. His last album was his most critically lauded and commercially successful. He had fulfilled a lifelong dream by collaborating with his first and greatest musical hero, his brother Jimmie. His tumultuous marriage was over and he was in a new and healthy romantic relationship. Vaughan seemed poised for a new, limitless chapter of his life and career.

Instead, it all came to a shocking and sudden end on August 27, 1990, when he was killed in a helicopter crash following a dynamic performance with Eric Clapton. Just 35 years old, he left behind a powerful musical legacy and an endless stream of What Ifs. In the ensuing 29 years, Vaughan’s legend and acclaim have only grown and he is now an undisputed international musical icon. Despite the cinematic scope of Vaughan’s life and death, there has never been a truly proper accounting of his story. Until now.

Texas Flood provides the unadulterated truth about Stevie Ray Vaughan from those who knew him best: his brother Jimmie, his Double Trouble bandmates Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and Reese Wynans, and many other close friends, family members, girlfriends, fellow musicians, managers and crew members.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250142832
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/13/2019
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 11,040
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

ALANPAULis a senior writer for Guitar World magazine and has interviewed the members of the Allman Brothers Band hundreds of times. No one has written more frequently about the band, and hiswork has earned the praise of Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Butch Trucks, and other band members.

He is the author of Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming a Star in Beijing (Harper), which is currently being developed as a film by Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Pictures.

Big in China chronicles Paul’s three and a half years living in Beijing with his American family. There, he formed the blues band Woodie Alan with three Chinese musicians. While in China, Paul also wrote "The Expat Life" column for the Wall Street Journal Online, and was named Online Columnist of the Year by the National Society of Newspaper columnists.

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Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
surferjoe 20 days ago
I discovered the magic of Stevie Ray about the same time in 1983 as the rest of America when he rose to fame on the strength of his soloing on Bowie's Let's Dance and the release of Texas Flood with its raw excitement. He was the King of the Texas Blues, and he was a rocket that fell out of the sky - literally- before reaching his full height. He joined Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman and so many others whose immeasurable talent vanished in a moment. Texas Flood is Stevie's story, told through the eyes of those who knew him best, narrative interspersed with interviews of friends, family, and bandmates. It captures his childhood when he focused on nothing but guitars. He was the young skinny kid who could play like nobody's business and nothing much else mattered to him. Surprisingly, it was his older brother, Jimmie, who became famous first and in whose shadow young Stevie dwelled. It also wasn't till, his late twenties that Stevie caught on big. Till then he trucked from gig to gig, living out of someone's van. His early music years included highlights in great blues clubs but getting booed as an opening act. He paid his dues for years. Even becoming known didn't lead to success financially as the band was poorly managed, and the record companies weren't really into promoting a blues act. And, much of the cash went into drugs and alcohol that consumed everything. Eventually, he surprised the world by going cold stone sober for four years until his demise. This book offers the positive and the negative, a well-rounded portrait that offers so much detail many of us fans weren't aware of. Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.
besu 23 days ago
I will start off by saying I’m a huge SRV fan so I really liked this book. I have lived in Austin since 1981 so this book was full of nostalgia for me. It brought back a lot of memories of forgotten clubs and good times with friends when we would go to see either of the Vaughn brothers play, and that was a lot. Back when Austin was still Austin. This book is a great tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn but also to Jimmy, too. I liked hearing all the people talking about the brothers and their relationships. Back in the day Austin was a close knit community especially with musicians and the club going crowd so like I said this book made me very nostalgic and reminded me of the good old days in Austin. The only thing that was lacking was more narrative from the authors. I liked reading all the interviews but it was a little bit impersonal and anecdotal. I would have liked a little more detail and in true biographical style, a little more personalization to get a feel for SRV the person. I think this book illustrates SRV the musician but doesn’t let us get to know the person and that was a little disappointing. I still love this book but wish it had a little more warmth. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous 24 days ago
Great insightful story of SRV by the ones that knew him the best.
brf1948 3 months ago
I received a free electronic copy of this excellent biography from Netgalley, Alan Paul and Andy Aledort, and St. Martin's Press. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. August 27, 1990, was a sad day for the world of the blues and rock, and for Texans in particular. Stevie Ray Vaughn was ours, homegrown, and is still mourned today in the Hill Country and beyond. It was doubly heartfelt because in the early '80s we almost lost him to drugs and alcohol, but Stevie pulled himself out of that pit with heart and pure guts and was still the shy, sweet guy we knew before. His music grew to fill a whole genre of his own before his untimely death and is still popular with people of all ages, all genres. Alan Paul, with help from Andy Aledort, members of Double Trouble and Jimmy Vaughn and his band The Fabulous Thunderbirds brings us a well researched, broad overview of the life and times of Stevie Ray. This book is essential reading for those who grew up in the Country/Rock and Blues/Rock growth in the 1970s and 1980s, and those younger listeners who have 'found' those Blues titans of that time - most lost much too soon, one way or another. All will be missed. SRV is still mourned.
TLadageRandolph 3 months ago
I received an advanced copy of this book. If you are looking for a book about Stevie Ray Vaughan, then this is the book for you! This book goes very deep into his life and gives you a whole lot of details about him and his life. This book will tell you about him, the music scene, and the bands that he has been in. This book also talks about his family life. Basically if you want to know anything about Stevie, this is the book to pick up. It is well written and is a great story!
trutexan 3 months ago
My husband has been a big fan of Stevie Ray Vaughn since back in the early days of his career, so when I noticed this book was due out the same week as his birthday, I decided to ask for the advance read and see if it would make a great birthday gift. I will definitely be buying it when it hits the stores. One advantage of having the book instead of the ebook is the pictures. I always think the pictures look better in a print book and there are quite a few pictures throughout the book. I really didn’t know too much about Stevie, other than some of his top hits, so I found the story of his early life so interesting. He had such a wonderful relationship with his older brother Jimmie and it was nice that they both shared the same talent for music. There were many names mentioned throughout the book and it was a bit difficult to keep track of who everyone was, even with the index. The story is mostly told through interviews of people involved in Stevie’s life in some way—from band members to family and friends. Midway through the book, as Stevie became more famous, he slipped into heavy drug and alcohol abuse. I found this portion of the book really sad, especially because his band members were living the same dangerous lifestyle. Evidently Stevie had a purpose in life other than just being a famous guitar player. Stevie got clean by doing the 12 step program and became very dedicated to staying sober. He poured everything into his life of sobriety in the same way he poured everything into his guitar playing. Because of his dedication, he was a role model to others in the music business. He encouraged many friends on the path to getting sober and during the time he had left on earth, he lived his life to the fullest. It’s so fitting that his last album was the one he recorded with his brother Jimmie. That album was very special to both of them and they had plans to do more work together in the future, which unfortunately was not to be. I read the last few chapters of the book while listening to Stevie’s music, which reinforced all the comments from musicians as to how talented a guitar player Stevie Ray Vaughn had become. Be sure to have some tissues handy near the end of the book! Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to review an advance copy and give an honest review.
jjthor 3 months ago
A very well written book about the life of Stevie Ray Vaughan. I found it to be very tastefully done with many of the stories in this book about him was from interviews with his close family and friends. It was very interesting reading and really shed a more human light on him and his tragic short life. I would recommend this one to anyone who wanted a more honest view of this performer.