Texas Flood by Alan Paul

Texas Flood

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 was his most critically lauded and commercially successful. He had fulfill...

Details Texas Flood

TitleTexas Flood
Release DateAug 13th, 2019
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreBiography, Music, Nonfiction, History, Autobiography

Reviews Texas Flood

  • 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...
  • Dave
    "Well you've heard about love givin' sight to the blindMy baby's lovin' cause the sun to shineShe's my sweet little thing, she's my pride and joyShe's my sweet little baby, I'm her little lover boyYeah I love my baby, my heart and soulLove like ours won't never grow oldShe's my sweet little thing, she's my pride and joyShe's my sweet little baby, I'm her little lover boyYeah I love my baby, she's long and leanYou mess with her, you'll see a man g...
  • Tim
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review.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 Al...
  • 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 enj...
  • 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 ...
  • Scott
    First off, I'm a HUGE Stevie Ray Vaughan fan. Loved his music and style (and, OH GOD...that tone) for as long as I can remember. Is, was and always will be my favorite guitarist. With that being said, going into this book with a decent amount of knowledge on SRV through the years, I was happy to see several things. The closeness of friends and outsiders to Stevie and the people who really helped him turn his life around, and their stories, were v...
  • 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...
  • 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 mu...
  • 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 qu...
  • 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 pe...
  • 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 almo...
  • Bonnye Reed
    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 Vaughan 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 dr...
  • Randall Harrison
    This is a great book for anybody who was/is a fan of SRV, kick-ass guitar playing or popular music in general. Guitar players will appreciate the detailed lists of his equipment in the appendix. More than just a narrative retelling of the facts, the authors use snippets from interviews over the course of many years with friends, bandmates, family, fellow musicians, even Vaughan himself, to recount the important events in his life. This strategy e...
  • Lynette
    I originally received a copy of this title for review from NetGalley, and have nominated it as a 2020 selection for the Texas Library Association's Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List (https://txla.org/tools-resources/read...). With "Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan," author Andy Aledort stated that his goal was to write "the kind of book Stevie deserved, one that would honor his memory appropriately and also tell the story of ...
    I got an ADC from Netgalley for review.I was working as a part-time receptionist at the local heritage rock station in town the day the news broke about the helicopter crash. I had seen SRV with Jeff Beck in the fall on that Fire & Fury tour, friends got me a ticket for my 19th birthday. Stevie was the first rock star *I* loved that died. It was really hard reading this book and getting near the end, knowing what that end was. I had to put it dow...
  • Marcus Vetrano
    Such a great read. This book has some wonderful insights into Stevie's life, a lot of interesting input from his close friends and brother Jimmie. Overall I felt like I learned a lot about his drive and personality, which is very inspiring as a blues guitarist as I wasn't aware of his extreme dedication and concern with perfection. Everything sounded raw but it was perfect in every way. I had no idea that he had such a big drug problem, I knew dr...
  • Jennifer Hirt
    I received a free electronic copy of Texas Flood from Netgalley, Alan Paul and Andy Aledort, and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for the opportunity! First of all I LOVE Stevie Ray Vaughn. So you can imagine my excitement at getting to read this prior to release. This book was written so well that most times it felt I was right beside Stevie himself. It is truly amazing how easy it is to forget these icons we lo...
  • Rusty
    I received a free eARC of this in exchange for an unbiased review.I liked Stevie Ray Vaughan but I'm no super fan so a lot of this information was new to me. There was a ton of insights and first-person accounts of his life from all the people that were there or even tangentially related to his rise. My gripe was the way it was organized. Paul would give a little intro paragraph and then use bits of interviews he had held over the years with asso...
  • Don Gorman
    (3). I am a big Stevie Ray fan. I enjoy his music, have a couple of the cd's and even saw him live once. I was not aware of the backstory at all. The troubled childhood, the scuffling early years, the massive drug and alcohol problems and the rehabilitation. I knew he died in a helicopter crash but did not have all the details there either. This is not a terribly fluid read, but the information is good and you do get a personal side as well. Exce...
  • Steven
    Incredibly detailed bio written by veteran music industry writing pros. Filled with details given by the interview subjects themselves in an almost "listicle" style told by the people who knew him best, family, band-mates & fellow musicians. It forms a compelling narrative that we follow through the impressive highs and lows of this Texas-born and world renowned guitar hero. It makes my heart ache to think of what he may have accomplished had his...
  • Jennifer
    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.
  • Mike Augustine
    This audiobook is constructed almost entirely of interview excerpts, but is actually pretty well done. I’ve had a great appreciation for SRVs music for years , but really didn’t have much of an understanding for his life or musical progression. This provided significant content that was of interest.
  • Sandy
    Would have been 5 stars except for the choppiness of its interview writing style. SRV, a great loss to guitar lovers everywhere. I only wish I had been at Alpine Valley that last night. Learned a lot about his soul which helps explain his heart wrenching playing.
  • Paula Pergament
    Written in the style of Edie: American Girl by Jean Stein, Texas Flood captures the life of Stevie Ray Vaughn through the memories of his family, musical peers and others close to him. Highly detailed and insightful.
  • Lee Tyner
    It drills deep, to the point of being a “reference” book. Problem is, there is. It storyline. The narrative is near absent. Rather, it’s a hardback collection of quotes that moderately relate to each other with little to no story line.
  • Lina Emery
    Texas Flood covers information that Stevie Ray Vaughan fans are likely to already know, but the style in which they’re delivered in this book are a bit unique, because they’re told by people who were close to him. I would suggest this book those who want a compiled account of Vaughan’s life.
  • Mary Rankin
    Largely done in interview style. Well done, and lots of great pictures
  • Kidd
    Great read. Highly recommend Great read. I learned alot about the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan. Would've loved to have seen him in concert. RIP SRV
  • Randy
    What can I say? If you loved his music, you need to read this book.
  • Len Roberto
    well done- sad and inspiring- love his devotion to blues and bringing it forward