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 fulfilled...

Details Texas Flood

TitleTexas Flood
Release DateAug 13th, 2019
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreMusic, Biography, Nonfiction, History, Biography Memoir, Rock N Roll, Autobiography, Music Biography

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...
  • J.K. Grice
    "The blues had a baby and they named it rock and roll..." ~ Muddy WatersNever was a quote more true or more appropriate than when applied to music and to the legendary guitar playing of Stevie Ray Vaughn (SRV). Forty years ago, blues and rock and roll were seen by purists as being in two different camps. There really had always been a connection, but many people wanted to keep the blues more traditional and untainted by outside forces. SRV was po...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • patrick
    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 ...
  • Matt
    "Guitar was Stevie's language, and he spoke it beautifully." -BB KingI'm a big fan so I was really looking forward to this one. No big surprises or scandals here if you're already familiar with SRV's story. Like the title says, it's "The Inside Story," meaning that it's mainly a compilation of direct quotes from people who knew and worked with him. This makes for some great insights (like BB's quote above) and lots of sentiment, but it also feels...
  • 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...
  • Kristina Leonard
    I will forever be grateful to the friend who invited me last minute to see a Huey Lewis and the News concert in 1984 as I'd have never otherwise seen the amazing Stevie Ray Vaughan and DoubleTrouble open for them. Sadly I never caught one of his shows again before his untimely death in '90. This book offered several SRV anecdotes I'd never before heard and provided an enjoyable few days of nostalgia.
  • JDK1962
    I should say that I approached this more as a guitar student looking for info, rather than as an SRV fan. Interesting enough, reads like an extended Guitar Player article/tribute (not surprising, given the author), but it's probably 95% biography focused--fueled pretty exclusively by people who loved him--rather than digging into the music. Which is fine if that's what you're looking for. SRV was basically a monomaniac: from an early age, he was ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Cedric35
    Less so a narrative story and more a collection of interviews strung together. I listened to the audiobook version and it was particularly choppy. The speaker changes 4-5 times a minute and some quotes are only a few words long. Still I felt that I was getting a true picture of the man by the people who knew him best.
  • 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...
  • 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...
    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...
  • 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...
  • Rod
    I've been a fan of Stevie's since his first album "Texas Flood" came out back in 1983 (the year I started playing guitar). So very little in this book was new to me. Except how unhappy and stupid they were for a majority of their run.The best part of this book was all the information about Jimmie Vaughan (Stevie's brother who played in the Fabulous Thunderbirds. I'm a Huge fan of his. More-so than Stevie's). And hearing about Jimmie and Stevie re...
  • Benn Allen
    Towards the end of the book, former Double Trouble drummer, Chris Layton and Denny Freeman, a member of one of Stevie Ray's earlier bands, talk about how since Stevie Ray Vaughan's death, the guitarist had been elevated to sainthood, seen as a "pristine, Christ-like figure". They then proceed to say he wasn't; that he had faults like anyone else. That might be true, but you hardly get that impression from this biography.The book is told primarily...
  • Iulia
    Would've rather read an autobiography but this is good enough. I liked the first half of the book when they tell about how he became famous... the last part of the book was rather made up of a lot of comments about how great he was... which is obviously true but a bit boring.
  • Wayne
    I wasn't too interested in this for a good 2/3ds of the book. The interview snippet style of telling the story has worked for other rock and roll biographies, such as the biography of Warren zevon by his wife Crystal, but it didn't work so well here. I'm happy to have some more background on how the albums came to be, but I wouldn't recommend this to a friend who wanted the same information. He casts a long shadow on guitar playing still. I remem...
  • Chris Gifford
    This was hard to read in my opinion since it was in a conversation format. There are a lot of people included in the dialogue and it made it difficult to follow conversations and locations.
  • 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...
  • Beth Peterson
    I loved this book. I borrowed it from the library and didn't want to give it back. I will be buying a copy for myself.I've been a Stevie Ray Vaughan fan for a long time and have been waiting for a book like this. SRV and Double Trouble is the only act I saw in concert more than once.I dont think you have to be a huge fan of the blues or of wailing guitar solos to enjoy this book. It is extensively researched and very well, easy read-ably written....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.