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  posted on 8/6/2019 at 02:21 PM
Guys, Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan will be released next Tuesday, 8/13.

I wrote this one with Andy Aledort, who interviewed Stevie 5 times.

There's a cool excerpt live on Rolling Stone Online focused on Stevie's work and subsequent fall out with David Bowie: http://bit.ly/2MEy2tx

It's in the same oral history format as One Way Out. If you're likely to buy it, doing it before release or during the first week is a big help to us.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2DSrse8

Signed copies: http://bit.ly/2YRaMva

Many others: bit.ly/TexasFloodSRV

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About the book:
The first definitive biography of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, with an epilogue by Jimmie Vaughan, foreword by drummer Chris "Whipper" Layton, and afterword by bassist 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.

"Soul Brother Stevie Ray Vaughan was a force of nature! His fearless, furious and elegant approach to the guitar was breathtaking. Texas Flood helps you understand both the player and the person. We are grateful for the gifts he left for us all. We thank God for the Vaughan family; Jimmie and Stevie are both astonishing."
Carlos Santana

“Texas Flood provides handy insight into how Stevie Ray Vaughan became a modern day avatar for guitar slingers and music fans the world over. Stevie devoured life in no uncertain terms and his intriguing intensity comes through with a loud and clear message in this remarkable work.”
Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top

“I learned a lot reading Texas Flood, which is a well-written, well-informed accounting of someone who not only kept the blues alive but changed the future of guitar.”
Warren Haynes

“Texas Flood is a great book. It gave me a clear outside perspective into what was the center of my life, and offers a good look at Stevie and Jimmie’s relationship: deeply endearing, often unseen. Good work guys.”
Chris Layton, Double Trouble

“Texas Flood is by far the best book ever written about Stevie. It not only tells the story of Stevie’s career as a musician, it really captures him as a human being. That is what has been missing in every book about him till now. His whole life unfolds through these pages from beginning to end. It’s a great book.”
Tommy Shannon, Double Trouble

"Deep reporting makes this a treasure trove for anyone interested in the blues and Vaughan's place within popular music."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Fans will be thrilled with this intelligent, informative, and enlightening biography of the guitar great."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Riveting...Vaughan deserved this book, and, as it should, the content will stay with readers long after the last note has sounded....This is the book fans have been waiting for."
Library Journal (starred review)

"A must for Vaughan and blues fans."
Booklist

"The authors tell the story of Stevie Ray through quotes from the people who knew him best. And what a story it is!! Even I learned a lot reading all the details in Texas Flood."
Reese Wynans, Double Trouble




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  posted on 8/6/2019 at 02:46 PM
This was already on my shopping list because I dug SRV and because Al Paul did a great job with “One Way Out.”

However, the fact that SRV’s band mates gave this the thumbs up is important too.

 

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  posted on 8/6/2019 at 06:26 PM
Well done! Mrs. Strat and I are big SRV fans plus we love to read. Cheers!

 

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  posted on 8/6/2019 at 06:40 PM
I just ordered it - can't wait to read it....

 

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  posted on 8/6/2019 at 08:51 PM
Alan, can't wait for it's release next week. Didn't know the real reason he left the Bowie tour until now. Can't wait to read it. He was and is my all time favorite Blues guitarist.

Really appreciate you and Andy taking the time and effort to put this together.



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  posted on 8/6/2019 at 10:22 PM
Thanks. I really can't wait for you all to read it.

 

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  posted on 8/7/2019 at 11:48 AM
Ordered it a couple of months ago and chompin' at the bit for it.
 

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  posted on 8/10/2019 at 11:56 AM
Cool little article here.

austin360: Texas Flood: the story of Stevie Ray Vaughan, according to who knew him best.
https://www.austin360.com/entertainmentlife/20190809/texas-flood-story-of-s tevie-ray-vaughan-according-to-who-knew-him-best

 

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  posted on 8/10/2019 at 12:53 PM
Just ordered three copies, one for myself and two as gifts for friends.
 

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  posted on 8/10/2019 at 04:20 PM
Looking forward to reading this.

Props to Alan & Andy.

And many thanks from an SRV fan.

 

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  posted on 8/10/2019 at 04:27 PM
Ordered.

 

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  posted on 8/10/2019 at 05:01 PM
Thanks guys.

I can't wait for this to get out there. It's been a very intensive project and I'm very proud of it.

Here's another review that I think captured a lot and left me a bit speechless:

https://t.co/toefaHWBey

"Its heart is his absence, and its accomplishment is that it causes us to feel the full weight of his loss. In that, the book is its own kind of blues: stirring, cathartic, and real."

 

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  posted on 8/10/2019 at 06:50 PM
Waiting eagerly to find a copy on my Kindle DL list!

Anyone read the 2 volume bio of SRV??
Is that also worth owning?

Sign me,
Late to the srv printed word party.

 

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  posted on 8/12/2019 at 08:09 AM
Alan,

really looking forward to this. Thanks in advance for your work & diligence towards the book.

A lot of musicians/performers become legends/immortal after passing at an early age. Rightly so for some, others it is simply because they left early & become a flash point in time.

Stevie was simply great & perhaps the greatest. His stature & legacy was set before he left us and his death only left us wanting want can't be. - Can you imagine what his set would have been like at the first Clapton Crossroads Festival in Dallas?

 

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Anyone read the 2 volume bio of SRV??
Is that also worth owning?


They are more like reference books. a lot of great information. There are some mistakes and issues with a few things...but mostly great info just laid out. Yes if you're hardcore enough. These books were helpful guides for us as we researched and wrote certain parts, but learned to doublecheck everything.

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Can you imagine what his set would have been like at the first Clapton Crossroads Festival in Dallas?



Man, he would have burned a hole in the ground and everyone else would have been 10 degrees better or risked humiliation. The thing about Stevie is HE NEVER MAILED IT IN. Not a note. Other than a short period where his substance abuse really caught up with him, he was one with his instrument and played like nothing else ever mattered before or after.

 

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Can you imagine what his set would have been like at the first Clapton Crossroads Festival in Dallas?



Man, he would have burned a hole in the ground and everyone else would have been 10 degrees better or risked humiliation. The thing about Stevie is HE NEVER MAILED IT IN. Not a note. Other than a short period where his substance abuse really caught up with him, he was one with his instrument and played like nothing else ever mattered before or after.


You got that right! Thanks again for putting this material out to the world.

 

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  posted on 8/13/2019 at 08:54 PM
Received my copy today...
 

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Just ordered a copy for a friend of mine who is a guitar player and loves SRV. I hope this is as well done as "One Way Out".


Thanks for doing what you do, Mr. Paul!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 8/14/2019 at 04:53 PM
Enjoying it tremendously!!!

 

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  posted on 8/14/2019 at 10:11 PM
I got mine today!

Thanks for the lowdown on the 2 volume, I'd rather read AP&AA than a bunch of chronology from somebody who's insanely detailed....

Signing off to crack open the book!

Edit: been pulling out my phone all day to read a few pages while I walk in between the different units at work.
Can't put it down.

If you don't have a copy of this and you like SRV you need one!

[Edited on 8/16/2019 by WaitinForRain]

Happily burned the midnight oil and the better part of the afternoon finishing the book. Couldn't put it down. Plus, had to keep you-tubing cuts that went with the narrative.

Great read!
Thanks to AP and AA for bringing such a caring inside touch to the man, SRV, his life and music.

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quote:
I got mine today!

Thanks for the lowdown on the 2 volume, I'd rather read AP&AA than a bunch of chronology from somebody who's insanely detailed....

Signing off to crack open the book!

Edit: been pulling out my phone all day to read a few pages while I walk in between the different units at work.
Can't put it down.

If you don't have a copy of this and you like SRV you need one!

[Edited on 8/16/2019 by WaitinForRain]

Happily burned the midnight oil and the better part of the afternoon finishing the book. Couldn't put it down. Plus, had to keep you-tubing cuts that went with the narrative.

Great read!
Thanks to AP and AA for bringing such a caring inside touch to the man, SRV, his life and music.

[Edited on 8/17/2019 by WaitinForRain] [/quote

Been on the road this week. Looking forward to getting home and reading tomorrow. I also hit up youtube while reading.

 

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  posted on 8/18/2019 at 12:59 PM
Loved your book, Mr. Paul!!!!


It was cool to read that SRV saw the original ABB lineup in 1971. Also, that Gregg took part of SRV AA meeting when they were touring in 1987.

I'll tell you that when I was getting toward the end of the book. I was getting sadden because I knew the end was coming. But to read all the good thing he was doing after getting clean, just made more devastating. I been listening more SRV music again after reading you book.

On side note, and kind of a selfness question, too. Did you by any chance ask if there was any more soundboard recording from his last concert? The only song to appear is the instrumental song "Riviera Paradise."

Riviera Paradise (8/26/1990)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTAFMmCkOmM

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  posted on 8/19/2019 at 10:04 AM
Thanks everyone It's been a heck of a ride and less than a week since release. We just had a fantastic 4-day trip through Huston, Dallas and Austin. Met or saw agin a bunch of Stevie's family, friends and bandmates. Three book readings and signings. One live show.

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It was cool to read that SRV saw the original ABB lineup in 1971. Also, that Gregg took part of SRV AA meeting when they were touring in 1987.


Yes! That ABB show had a huge impact on Stevie. It got him playing slide and it's why Blackbird had two drummers, two lead guitars and an organ. There is def. more ABB content in the book because of my predispositions.

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when I was getting toward the end of the book. I was getting sadden because I knew the end was coming. But to read all the good thing he was doing after getting clean, just made more devastating. I been listening more SRV music again after reading you book.

It was had to write and remains hard even for me to read. Getting deep into how profoundly stevie not only changed his life but changed so many others profoundly impacted me. I have been a better person.

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On side note, and kind of a selfness question, too. Did you by any chance ask if there was any more soundboard recording from his last concert? The only song to appear is the instrumental song "Riviera Paradise."

I really don't think there are. Pity.

 

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  posted on 8/19/2019 at 08:27 PM
Picked up the book last week, just started reading it yesterday. Glad to have it, can't wait to dig into it.
 

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  posted on 8/20/2019 at 12:10 PM
About 20% into the book and lovin' it Alan. Really like the format of quotes from people and a paragraphs of Andy and your observations and input.

How big of a book tour are you doing? Coming to the Western New York area by chance.

 
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