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Stevie Ray Vaughan : Caught in the Crossfire

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His blistering guitar playing breathed life back into the blues. Performing night after night - from his early teens to his tragic death at age thirty-five, in tiny pass-the-hat clubs and before thousands in huge arenas - Stevie Ray Vaughan fused blazing technique with deep soul in a manner unrivaled since the days of Jimi Hendrix. The genuineness and passion of his music ...more
Paperback, 313 pages
Published June 5th 1994 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 1993)
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I didn't start listening to SRV until 2013 but when I did, I was stunned, overwhelmed with emotion, addicted and obsessed, finding comfort and soul healing in his music. How could I have not known about this music when he was alive?! I used to listen to BB King, Aretha Franklin, CCR, Canned Heat, Johnny Cash, Jimmi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, The Doors, Alan Jackson...What I am trying to say is I listen to music, I love music. How could I have not known about the best and most passionate Blu ...more
GraceAnne Tremain
Jun 27, 2008 GraceAnne Tremain marked it as to-read
Listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan makes me feel better when nothing else can, like a really good thunderstorm.

Nov 27, 2009 Edith rated it it was amazing
Huge SRV fan! Recommend and true guitarist to read this book!
Jan 21, 2009 Ty rated it really liked it
This biography of Steve Ray Vaughn was fascinating for me, not only because he is one of my favorite musicians, but also because his life was very closely tied to the evolution of Dallas and Austin from the 60's through the 90's. The bio story is fairly typical rock star stuff, filled with wildly extravagant lifestyles, incredile drug abuse and lots of easy women. Some of the more interesting stuff had to do with Stevie's relationship with his brother, guitarist Jimmie, and the reverence that St ...more
David Melbie
Dec 05, 2010 David Melbie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Music lovers and recovering addicts.
Recommended to David by: Randy Vaughn
Eighteen-plus years after his death, I finally read this story and I was moved by his recovery from drug abuse, his tragic death, and the legend he became at the time this book was published.

My personal first encounter was hearing the song Couldn't Stand the Weather back in 1984, during the beginning of my divorce from Debra. This album (once I bought the cassette) really got me through a rough patch.

Then I saw him live during the "Fire and the Fury" Tour in 1989 with Jeff Beck. Awesome concert
Sep 09, 2012 Ana rated it really liked it
I'm conflicted on this one - if there were half stars , I'd give it 3.5. The journo writing style was off-putting at first, and I nearly put it down for that reason But ultimately, the book's heart is in the right place. Recommended to the fans, especially those who saw him back in the day.
Aug 30, 2012 Ellyn rated it it was amazing
Loved every word of it! Great to read that one of my favorite people to have lived was a great human being also! He was soooo talented and the world is missing him being in it. I'm thankful that he left behind his music and people that will always remember him!
Oct 01, 2009 Brian rated it really liked it
And I thought I knew all about Stevie - great read! Sex, drugs, and Rock and Roll....but mostly drugs. RIP Stevie....
(Made me want to listen to some BLUES but not necessarily mix cocaine into my Crown Royal....)
Nov 25, 2014 Gianni rated it really liked it
Fantastic bio about the greatest of the modern" blues players. Lots of photos and anecdotes, Stevie made it out of liquor and drugs but could do nothing against fate.
Aug 27, 2012 Markus rated it it was amazing
Today is the 22nd anniversary of SRV's untimely passing... This is the definitive book on his life; buy a copy today..!
Pamela Montano
Aug 17, 2016 Pamela Montano rated it it was amazing
Stevie Ray Vaughan, the man who forever changed the city of Austin and the music scene. He was the younger brother Jimmie Vaughan, his music hero. He played with Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Lonnie Mack but he would be forever indebted to his big brother. He survived poverty and drug and alcohol abuse. His death, in a helicopter crash was exactly 3 years to the day of his father's death. He will live on in our hearts and in our ears forever. Thanks for the great music, SRV ...more
David Ward
Jan 22, 2016 David Ward rated it liked it
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught In the Crossfire by Joe Nick Patoski (Little, Brown & Co, 1993) (Biography). This introduces one of the greatest electric blues guitar players of the twentieth century: Mr. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Native Texan. His older brother by two years, Jimmy Vaughan, is also a musician of note; Stevie Ray idolized Jimmy Vaughan. Jimmy Vaughan is one of the founding members of the much-loved band “The Fabulous Thunderbirds.” Stevie Ray died in a helicopter crash leaving a concert ...more
Austin Haynes
Jul 11, 2013 Austin Haynes rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book that gives some insight into the life of a great artist. In delves into the early years and shows a relationship between two brothers who often begrudgingly respected each other. It is filled with stereotypical hedonistic rock star behavior but moves past that and shows the power of pulling yourself out of addiction by desire and lifestyle changes. It paints a wonderful picture of the colorful music scene in Dallas and Austin, Texas. If you want to peer behind the blues curta ...more
Mar 07, 2011 Kjm rated it liked it
Nice historical view to how SRV rose to the heights of rock stardom. Book gave a view to a many of the Austin crowd bands and characters of that era. I found the first half of the book more enjoyable than the second half. It seemed the second half's main objective was say what SRV never really had the chance to say "Don't do Drugs and Alcohol". That is a very nice message but coming from this author it just doesn't have the ring of truth. This message really needs to come from the person themsel ...more
Bruce Kirby
Aug 31, 2016 Bruce Kirby rated it it was amazing
Not only does the writer do a great job making you feel like you were there for all of SRV's triumphs and tribulations but he covers the his relationship with his brother Jimmie Vaughan, touches on the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Austin music scene. Great read
Dec 06, 2013 Meg rated it liked it
I really enjoyed learning so much and very in depth about Stevie. It did seem a bit in depth for my taste so it made it a lengthy read for me. Overall the writer did a great job trying to be objective and tell many sides of situations.
Jun 11, 2011 Ty rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: stevie ray fans
Recommended to Ty by: alfred kinsey
alot of useless information as far as names and dates
but inspiring nonetheless. he went thru so much in his short life.
also,though,there were alot of great depictions of his youth and
personal info of family.......
Aug 25, 2010 SirLordBaltimore rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of SRV, this book is a must. It gives an accurate history and chronology of events. But also, the author's treatment turns this sucker into a page turner - make no mistake. Very good stuff.
Sep 12, 2010 Steve rated it liked it
Good biography although there wasn't a ton of new information. Still, a nice overview of his life. I wish there was more talk about his gear, but I guess that would have made the book a bit too niche.
Jan 27, 2014 Brad rated it it was amazing
This is a must read if you are a fan of guitar blues and of course a SRV.
Jun 27, 2011 Russellbarabe rated it liked it
Great book on the life of SRV. If you would like to know more about this amazing musician who died too soon, I highly recommend this book. It provides tons of details on the artist.
Jul 22, 2007 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
very interesting. i don't think there is a week that goes by that i don't listen to his music. it is hard to believe that it is almost 17 years since he died.
Oct 16, 2009 Kate rated it it was amazing
This book has an amazing amount of detail about Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan and the whole Texas rock/blues music scene set the '80s.
Ted Gurley
Aug 15, 2016 Ted Gurley rated it it was amazing
Excellent bio, Joe Nick understands the region and his subject. Well researched and documented.
Nich Traverse
Nov 07, 2012 Nich Traverse rated it really liked it

Fantastic. I love this guy. The book is great. I cried at the end. I don't cry very much.
Aug 10, 2010 Imadem0n rated it it was amazing
Aug 03, 2011 Bill added it
Excellent book about a fabulous musician and person, written by a native Texan.
Feb 09, 2009 Craig rated it really liked it
If you are a fan, you'd enjoy the book
Robert Lapsins
Jun 10, 2014 Robert Lapsins rated it really liked it
Must read for every SRV fan.
Jul 14, 2012 Wayne added it
Awesome!! powerful story
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