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Texas Flood

The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
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This program is read by a full cast and features exclusive bonus material, including a never-before-heard conversation between Stevie Ray Vaughan and his brother, Jimmie Vaughan.

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. 

This program is read by Alan Paul, Andy Aledort, Chris Layton, Leslie Ligon, Greg Littlefield, Denny Freeman, Jack Newhouse, Leon Nixon, Joe Priesnitz, Tommy Shannon, and Reese Wynans.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Text copyright by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort; Foreword copyright by Chris Layton; Afterword copyright by Tommy Shannon (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Powerful oral biography

Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan This is a review of the audiobook version of “Texas Flood”. I have said if this was a hardcover book, I couldn’t have put it down. I couldn’t stop listening.

This is a unique style of biography: an oral biography told by family, friends, contemporaries with quotes from Stevie. Instead of reading, you can hear these persons telling the story to the listener on audiobook.

It is compelling to hear joy, incredulity and pain in the voices of band mates about what they personally experienced and what they saw happening with their friend Stevie. You hear Chris Layton’s recollection of trying to pull off great things while basically homeless; the talented bassist Tommy, having been banned from playing by a judge finding a way back to music with Stevie; Reese’s joy at being at his creative best working with Stevie’s ideas.

The talented guitarist Jimmie Vaughan’s perspective of the music scene, working with his brother Stevie, and dealing with the unbelievably tragic loss of Stevie right after an unbelievably happy performance at Alpine is stirring.

The audiobook can complement the hardcover-that has lots of photographs- by offering clips of actual recordings of interviews with Stevie.

Stevie Ray Vaughan is recognized as the great musician and kind human being he was remembered by contemporaries. He fell and got up over and over-totally dedicated to his art.

The description of the lifestyle of Stevie and other struggling artists who get entangled in the web of substances and corrupt handlers is powerful as is the the ultimate rejection and escape from this negativity.

The tragedy of SRV’s death cannot take away the triumph of the greatest guitar playing of his life.

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Excellent read for any SRV fan

Texas Flood was an excellent dive into the life of SRV, from his childhood, rise to stardom, his deep fall from drug addiction, and ultimately his triumphant return to the top clean and sober before his untimely death. The book is a mixture of narration and quotes and I found it somewhat hard to follow for the first couple chapters, but once I got used to it the variations in delivery made sense and gave a great insight into SRV from the people closest to him. I would highly recommend it for anyone thats an SRV or music history fan. The only thing I would have like some closing comments on is what became of his bandmates careers after SRV’s death.

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Amazing

I was only a year and half old when Stevie Ray Vaughan died. But growing up in South Texas his music was a staple, especially in my household. I began playing guitar at the age of 19 and his music was and still is my inspiration when I play. This book gets you on the inside of what went on throughout his life and keeps your attention throughout the entire story. I would recommend it to everyone and I could listen to it over and over again.

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Touching story...

...of one of the precious few GREAT artists of our time. I am saddened all over, but also inspired by Stevie once again and most of all because of the human being and loved one he remained to be, throughout his whirlwind time on earth. This book truly captures the man behind the music.

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Hagiography but compelling.

Lovely biography of Stevie Ray Vaughn. Enormous number of quotes and contributors really brings you into his world.

The style doesn’t translate perfectly to audiobook as the quotes are often in the form of one or two sentences which I found very annoying at the start but got used to quite quickly.

This is a really well written and interesting book. Highly recommended.

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Texas legend

I never knew much about Stevie Ray Vaughn except his exceptional guitar playing and soulful singing. It was very interesting learing about the man and the struggles. It's so sad how so many talented artists are gone so young...before they can give us all so much more.

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Good stuff

Finally a book for SRV fans. At first this one was a little tough to listen to because it jumps between characters so much but you get used to it. The in depth stories behind the albums and the live performances are what made this one worth it for me. It covers his gear, amps, guitars, strings etc. and that was great because usually these things leave that stuff out for whatever reason.

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A wonderful story of family, friendship and triumph.

Everyone knows the guitar hero, SRV. This book focuses on the man in a very detailed yet easy flowing manner. The narration is unique and adds depth to the story. Great book!

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I still love SRV!

loved it,easy listening,the accident was most memorable and the narrators were great, I have recommended to friends and family.

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ive read them all. this is the best yet

I love stevie. i loved this book. cried like i did 29 yesrs ago. so trsgic.