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Stevie Ray Vaughan : Caught in the Crossfire: The Blazing National… (edition 1994)

by Joe Nick Patoski

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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 moved millions. It nearly saved his life." "Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire is the first biography of this meteoric guitar hero. Emerging from the hotbed of Texas blues, Stevie Ray Vaughan developed his unique style early on, in competition with his older brother, Jimmie Vaughan, founder of the Fabulous Thunderbirds - a competition that shaped much of Stevie's life. Fueled by drugs and alcohol through a thousand one-night stands, he lived at a fever pitch that nearly destroyed him. Musically exhausted and close to collapse, in his final years Stevie Ray mustered the courage to overcome his addictions, finding strength and inspiration in a new emotional openness. His death in a freak helicopter crash in 1990 silenced one of the great musical talents of our time." "Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire reveals Stevie Ray Vaughan's life in all its remarkable, sometimes unsavory detail. It also brings to life the rich world of Texas music out of which he grew, and captures the staggering dimensions of his musical legacy. It will stand as the definitive biographical portrait of Stevie Ray."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)
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Title:Stevie Ray Vaughan : Caught in the Crossfire: The Blazing National Bestseller
Authors:Joe Nick Patoski
Info:Little, Brown and Company (1994), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
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I am a huge Stevie Ray Vaughan fan, saw him several times in concert, and have a deep appreciation for his music. SRV grew up as a musician, as did most of his family, and everyone familiar with his story knows that his rise to fame was also accompanied by his descent into drug abuse.

Vaughan’s professional musical career lasted only seven years and six albums. By 1986 Vaughan was in rehab, hopelessly addicted to drugs and alcohol. After cleaning up his act, it looked like he got his personal life and music back on track. In 1990, just as he was reaching new artistic heights, his helicopter crashed near Alpine Valley, Wisconsin after a concert. Music deaths rarely get as tragic as Vaughan’s.

At the time of his death on August 27, 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan left behind a large collection of recordings. Over the years, his record companies have continued to issue his music in various formats. Jimmie Vaughan, his brother, took control of his intellectual property rights after his death so his music continues to live on decades after his death.




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  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
If there is any book out there that will bring you into SRV's life, this is the book. Joe Nick spent a great deal of time in Austin Tx and became an expert on the life and music of Stevie. I consider myself a big fan, and by reading this book, I found out more than I thought I knew. Joe Patoski is also a great guy. I got the chance to talk with him at the Author Banquet that honored him in Duncanville TX. ( )
  jeffsdfw | Oct 12, 2010 |
I became a Stevie Ray Vaughan fan shortly before his untimely death. After reading his biography, I became an even bigger fan. Thoroughly enjoyable read. ( )
  avidmom | May 28, 2009 |
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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 moved millions. It nearly saved his life." "Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire is the first biography of this meteoric guitar hero. Emerging from the hotbed of Texas blues, Stevie Ray Vaughan developed his unique style early on, in competition with his older brother, Jimmie Vaughan, founder of the Fabulous Thunderbirds - a competition that shaped much of Stevie's life. Fueled by drugs and alcohol through a thousand one-night stands, he lived at a fever pitch that nearly destroyed him. Musically exhausted and close to collapse, in his final years Stevie Ray mustered the courage to overcome his addictions, finding strength and inspiration in a new emotional openness. His death in a freak helicopter crash in 1990 silenced one of the great musical talents of our time." "Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire reveals Stevie Ray Vaughan's life in all its remarkable, sometimes unsavory detail. It also brings to life the rich world of Texas music out of which he grew, and captures the staggering dimensions of his musical legacy. It will stand as the definitive biographical portrait of Stevie Ray."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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