Texas Flood

The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan
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“An oral history is only as good as its sources, and Texas Flood is thorough and far-reaching, with Vaughan's bandmates, crew and family taking center stage.” (New York Times Book Review

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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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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Great insight

I was only mildly familiar with Stevie ray vaugn’s music, but did really like what I knew of it. This story was surprising, inspiring, and of course sad at the end, but I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to hear Stevie’s music that I was not familiar with before.

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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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Gut wrenching - Download This Book!

I remember well Stevie’s passing. I was 19. I’d only been turned on to him about a year before, but I was a full fledged fan. The music was like nothing I ever heard, so real and full of heart and intensity and joy and virtuosity. I’d taken up the guitar a year or two before. I sucked at it but practiced hard and listened to as much great guitar playing as I could. That put SRV&DT on heavy rotation. His death was devastating. His music made you feel like you knew him and it was probably pretty true in a sense. This book captures all that truth. It confirms the sense that there was no dividing line between where he ended and his music began. There’s no making sense of his tragic, untimely death. Still, his story is about more than loss. He came back from the brink and saved those around him too. He showed that you could clean up and start over, and he did a lot of good by everyone he could. That’s no small thing. Bonnie Raitt says as much, for one example. And the music - In Step and Family Style prove his inspiration and talent were undiminished. It’s hard not to focus on what was lost, but focusing on that is failing to appreciate the singular, amazing gift his music and his presence was to the world. He left us too soon, but his life didn’t end in tragedy the way Jimi’s did. Stevie found redemption and took that time he was given to give of himself. Yeah, we all want more - he deserved so much more - but we know he gave us more than we could ever ask.

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Awesome

If you are a fan of SRV then you owe it to yourself to listen to this book. The book is very in depth and all events are told from the actual people that was there and involved, truly a fabulous book...... THANK YOU FOR THIS BOOK

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Wow what an amazing story.

listening to it, with all the emotion and feelings of the speakers gave it a special feel.

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Most amazing book I have ever listened to!

This audiobook is stunning, they actually captured the essence of SRV through the good and the bad. You laugh, shake you head in wonder and cry! It is an awesome listen!!!

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I don't like back to back quotes

My problem lies with the fact this is a collection of QUOTES, not a linear story - it feels like I should be watching a VH1 behind the music without the video - rather than listening to a Story about SRV. The quotes are nice, but not every unearthed quote strung back to back to back. Again, it's me, not you. So if quotes are your thing, this is great.

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One BIG thing missing...

I loved the story. It told me so much about SRV and the people in his life that I didn’t know, but not including some performance excerpts is like telling the story of Michael Jordan on video, but not having any clips of him playing basketball! Some short sound bytes of Stevie playing that few people have heard would have made this perfect.

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Texas Flood :)

Great book on SRV. Very well put together and written. I recommend it 100 per cent.