Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan

An instant New York Times bestseller!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 w...

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  • Dave

    "Well you've heard about love givin' sight to the blind

    My baby's lovin' cause the sun to shine

    She's my sweet little thing, she's my pride and joy

    She's my sweet little baby, I'm her little lover boy

    Yeah I love my baby, my heart and soul

    Love like ours won't never grow old

    She's my sweet little thing, she's my pride and joy

    She's my sweet little baby, I'm her little lover boy

    Yeah I love my baby, she's long and lean

    You mess with her, you'll see a man gettin' mean

    She's my sweet little thing, she's my p

    "Well you've heard about love givin' sight to the blind

    My baby's lovin' cause the sun to shine

    She's my sweet little thing, she's my pride and joy

    She's my sweet little baby, I'm her little lover boy

    Yeah I love my baby, my heart and soul

    Love like ours won't never grow old

    She's my sweet little thing, she's my pride and joy

    She's my sweet little baby, I'm her little lover boy

    Yeah I love my baby, she's long and lean

    You mess with her, you'll see a man gettin' mean

    She's my sweet little thing, she's my pride and joy

    She's my sweet little baby, I'm her little lover boy

    Well I love my baby like the finest wine

    Stick with her until the end of time

    She's my sweet little thing, she's my pride and joy

    She's my sweet little baby, I'm her little lover boy"

    By Stevie Ray Vaughan.

    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.

  • Robin Reed

    Absolutely wonderful story of a guitar legend, told by the ones that knew him best. Being born and raised in Austin Texas, SRV was a household name - we loved him because he inspired the community through music and brought us all together. I was only 16 when he died and all of Austin (which was so small at the time) grieved their friend and neighbor. He was like NO other and we missed him. Thank you SO much for telling his final story and giving us joy into this passionate artist. ~Robin

  • Julie

    Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughn by Alan Paul is a 2019 St. Martin’s Press publication.

    This book made me feel like I’d been invited to a memorial service for Stevie, with everyone who knew and loved him, either personally or professionally gathered around sharing intimate memories of Stevie’s life from their own unique perspective.

    I remember when Stevie died, perhaps more vividly than I might have because of a death in my own family just days before. Despite my personal grief,

    Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughn by Alan Paul is a 2019 St. Martin’s Press publication.

    This book made me feel like I’d been invited to a memorial service for Stevie, with everyone who knew and loved him, either personally or professionally gathered around sharing intimate memories of Stevie’s life from their own unique perspective.

    I remember when Stevie died, perhaps more vividly than I might have because of a death in my own family just days before. Despite my personal grief, I was still in utter shock and disbelief. Yet, it would be years down the road before I was able to truly absorb the magnitude of his loss and the incredible void he left in the world of music.

    This book is not written in the traditional biographical format. The presentation is unique, a compilation of interviews, reflections, and recollections.

    I loved it!! Memories are so subjective. Sometimes people remembered events differently or had differences of opinion.

    That gave the book a realistic quality and made me feel as though nothing was being glossed over or sugarcoated or left out, because at the end of the day we all experience events in different ways. Anything too pat, might be circumspect. This material came straight from the mouths of the participants. Their words were pure, unedited with no way to put a spin on it.

    I think it is the unique layout of the book that gives it such a personal and emotional atmosphere. I admired the way the author assembled the information, letting those who were there, tell the story chronologically. Using this unconventional approach took some extreme organizational skills, and the author pulled it off quite nicely.

    Over the years, the little details of Stevie’s life have slipped from my consciousness. This book brought back a few memories for me, not just musically, but geographically, since Stevie was a home- grown talent. There are so many talented blues artists, so many guitar heroes out there, but no one could touch Stevie Ray Vaughn. The guy was electrifying. It wasn’t just his skill- There was an aura around him, a presence, that spilled over his live performances casting a spell over his awed audience.

    I miss Stevie a lot. I often wonder just how far he would have traveled musically and personally, as well. His life was clicking into place, coming together on all fronts. He was blazing hot with nowhere else to go but up. His death was a tragedy of epic proportions, only made worse by the knowledge that it was preventable. Hearing the various artists reflect on that fateful decision reiterates the senselessness of it, only compounding the loss even more.

    In some ways, though, this book was cathartic for me. I never really got to grieve this loss has I have other artists who left an indelible mark on me. I enjoyed hearing these heartfelt, humorous, honest, harrowing, poignant, and inspirational stories about Stevie, learning a few details about his career I didn’t know, or had forgotten about over time. But mostly this book was a reminder of what a great talent Stevie was and how grateful I am for the influence he had on me and my great love affair with pure blues.

    The sky is still crying….

  • Tim

    TEXAS FLOOD by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort is a phenomenal biography of Stevie Ray Vaughan that hits on every level, including interviews with those closest to him, and especially his brother Jimmie, Stevie’s biggest inspiration and original guitar hero.

    Alan Paul is the author of the well respected biography of the Allman Brothers, “One Way Out”, & Andy Aledort is a fine guitarist with a wealth of historica

    TEXAS FLOOD by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort is a phenomenal biography of Stevie Ray Vaughan that hits on every level, including interviews with those closest to him, and especially his brother Jimmie, Stevie’s biggest inspiration and original guitar hero.

    Alan Paul is the author of the well respected biography of the Allman Brothers, “One Way Out”, & Andy Aledort is a fine guitarist with a wealth of historical knowledge of all of the famous blues and rock guitarists of the 60’s and 70’s, and is also valuable source of information on Stevie Ray Vaughan, of course.

    Interviews with an extensive list of those with inside knowledge into the life of both Jimmie and Stevie, as well as a wealth of information provided by Double Trouble (Shannon, Layton, & Wynans), and of course brother Jimmie (and others) makes this the best book that I’ve seen to date on the life of the late great guitarist.

    Andy Aledort has always been one of my favorite guitar instructors in both video and tablature, and his articles in guitar magazines have always been among my favorites with his knowledge of the instrument, playing styles, and focus on the important players that have shaped blues & rock guitar throughout history. His knowledge makes this book a special treat for guitarists interested in all aspects of Stevie’s techniques, influences, equipment, and everything that went into making him the legend that he is.

    Highly recommended for all Stevie Ray Vaughan fans, but especially for guitarists.

    5 stars.

  • J Earl

    Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan by Alan Paul is a comprehensive and enjoyable biography of SRV. Disclosure: I am a big fan, saw him about 17-20 times, and still feel very sad when I think too much about his death rather than his life.

    This is a unique way to write a biography and took a few pages to get used to, but it ended up being a very compelling way to have his story told. Most biographies have the narrative provided almost entirely by the writer, with periodic quotes or

    Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan by Alan Paul is a comprehensive and enjoyable biography of SRV. Disclosure: I am a big fan, saw him about 17-20 times, and still feel very sad when I think too much about his death rather than his life.

    This is a unique way to write a biography and took a few pages to get used to, but it ended up being a very compelling way to have his story told. Most biographies have the narrative provided almost entirely by the writer, with periodic quotes or allusions to comments others made. It is what we are used to and I think some readers may be put off by not having the story of his life laid out in a simple format. Here, the story is still there, Paul tells a little of the story, mostly contextualizing a period or moment in SRV's life, then lets those who knew him best actually tell the details of the story. Paul writes a lot more than some readers seem to have noticed, but they likely skimmed and missed the actual structure. The wonderful part of this style is that it felt less like someone did a bunch of research then tried to make it all into a story. Rather, it is like sitting around with all these friends, family, and other musicians and every time Paul moves the story forward they all share their memories from that time. I found it to be every bit as organized as the usual method and far more personal.

    This is a nice mix of being about both his life and his music. Many biographies focus more heavily on one or the other when writing about an entertainer. I think Paul leans slightly toward the music side but not to the detriment of SRV's life as a whole. He includes details about guitars and amps but if you're not into those details they are not obtrusive, usually a sentence or less whenever a new piece of equipment is introduced. And lets be honest, in SRV's life the guitars were full fledged characters.

    If there is a drawback to this style it leaves less room for speculation on the part of the biographer. That suits me just fine here since I don't want a lot of conjecture about hows and whys, I just wanted to gain some more insight into the life and music of SRV. But if you like biographies to include some speculation about aspects of the person's life, often psychologically based opinions, you might consider this a bit of a negative.

    I would highly recommend this to fans of SRV as well as those who might like to read a lesser used form of telling a celebrity's life.

    Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.

  • P.e. lolo

    First, let me say that I am a fan of his music and I still listen to his music and his brothers who just came out with a new CD. I liked this book in that I felt everyone associated with were honest in their stories about Stevie Ray Vaughn. The people around him management wise and the members of his band. They were honest about the drug and alcohol abuse and how he almost died before he got help. Hearing these stories were just sad. I really enjoyed this book even though I knew that at the end

    First, let me say that I am a fan of his music and I still listen to his music and his brothers who just came out with a new CD. I liked this book in that I felt everyone associated with were honest in their stories about Stevie Ray Vaughn. The people around him management wise and the members of his band. They were honest about the drug and alcohol abuse and how he almost died before he got help. Hearing these stories were just sad. I really enjoyed this book even though I knew that at the end he was going to parish in that helicopter crash. To think that he was finally sober and his last album was probably some of his best work. It is a wonder to think what or where he could have gone. It is hard for me to put into words what I felt reading this book since I am a huge blues fan still listening to the blues. I still hear Reese Wynans since he plays keyboards for Joe Bonamassa and he also came out with his own album a month ago. The parts I really liked were the ones by his brother Jimmy and from the band members. For me, this was an outstanding book from beginning to end and there are a few interviews with Stevie taken from various interviews he did which add to the story. Overall a very good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at

  • Kerry Pickens

    This book was interesting to me because I was around to watch Stevie Ray's early career. I knew that he came from a hard place, and I watched him play in the Abraxas Club in Waco when we were both youngsters. I moved to Austin in 1975, and lived down the street from the Rome Inn so I could see him play with Double Trouble anytime. It's interesting that he has become such a folk hero. No doubt he was talented. The book is mainly interviews with musicians that played with him, and the portrait pai

    This book was interesting to me because I was around to watch Stevie Ray's early career. I knew that he came from a hard place, and I watched him play in the Abraxas Club in Waco when we were both youngsters. I moved to Austin in 1975, and lived down the street from the Rome Inn so I could see him play with Double Trouble anytime. It's interesting that he has become such a folk hero. No doubt he was talented. The book is mainly interviews with musicians that played with him, and the portrait painted is of a sweet, kind-hearted and dedicated musician. Yeah, there was lots of drugs and alcohol at the clubs in those days too.

  • Beth

    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 relationsh

    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.

  • Tami

    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 di

    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.

  • Diane Ferbrache

    Stevie Ray Vaughan is arguably one of the greatest guitar players in recent history, and this is his story. Told in narration and dialogue (interviews) with some of his family, friends, fellow musicians, and admirers, this is a typical biography of a celebrated musician, We get glimpses into his early life, his first gigs, his relationships with family & others, and his life on the road.

    I generally enjoy celebrity biographies, even when they are not of high literary quality. This one has so

    Stevie Ray Vaughan is arguably one of the greatest guitar players in recent history, and this is his story. Told in narration and dialogue (interviews) with some of his family, friends, fellow musicians, and admirers, this is a typical biography of a celebrated musician, We get glimpses into his early life, his first gigs, his relationships with family & others, and his life on the road.

    I generally enjoy celebrity biographies, even when they are not of high literary quality. This one has some merit, but it is definitely for the true SRV fan, not someone like me who is familiar with his work, but not fanatic about it. There are notes on his equipment and playing style that will definitely interest those who want to emulate his style, and there are tidbits about LOTS of other celebrities that piqued my interest, but I didn't find it compelling reading on the whole. Certainly others will enjoy this tribute, but it was just "so-so" for me.

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