Stevie Ray Vaughan - Day by Day, Night After Night: His Early Years 1954 - 1982

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(Book). It is no easy feat to capture the enormous spirit of Stevie Ray Vaughan, a man whose presence in the world was like an untamable fire, shooting flames of raw talent, passion, and innovation. That bright light wrestled with a dark side, an addiction and sadness that threatened to put out the fire forever. His unmatched guitar playing, buttery vocals, and unforgettable songs made him a triple threat. Vaughan is arguably the greatest guitar god who has ever lived a re-inventor of guitar and the blues. Twenty years after his death, he lives ...

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(Book). It is no easy feat to capture the enormous spirit of Stevie Ray Vaughan, a man whose presence in the world was like an untamable fire, shooting flames of raw talent, passion, and innovation. That bright light wrestled with a dark side, an addiction and sadness that threatened to put out the fire forever. His unmatched guitar playing, buttery vocals, and unforgettable songs made him a triple threat. Vaughan is arguably the greatest guitar god who has ever lived a re-inventor of guitar and the blues. Twenty years after his death, he lives on in the hearts of millions of people around the world. In a day-by-day format, Craig Hopkins presents an unprecedented celebration of this wonderful artist. This book is the first installment of a two-volume account of Vaughan's life. With this work, Hopkins delivers one of the most detailed biographies of any musician. This edition covers the complete history of Vaughan's roots, from his childhood to just before his first major release. Filled with testimonials from those who knew him best and from fans everywhere, along with facts about tour dates and recordings, stories about his bands and life on the road, rare artistic and historic photographs, and more, this lavishly illustrated book is the ultimate collector's item for any Stevie Ray Vaughan fan.

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In this first of two volumes, Vaughan aficionado Hopkins (The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan) offers the most comprehensive examination of the guitar hero's early years. Hopkins takes readers through countless bands, gigs, and memories of the guitarist, from his first guitar to the brink of his commercial breakthrough in 1983. He anchors this coffee-table book with dozens of engrossing and revealing interviews with Vaughan's mother, relatives, former bandmates, and friends, only inexplicably failing to talk with brother Jimmie, who served as Vaughan's role model. Between the recollections, Hopkins sprinkles hundreds of seldom-seen color photos, band posters, day-by-day lists of Vaughan's performances, and even drawings by the rock icon. He expands on Vaughan's background and motivation more generally described in Joe Nick Patoski and Bill Crawford's excellent Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire. VERDICT In this labor of love, Hopkins captures the blues-based essence of Stevie Ray Vaughan, who dedicated a laserlike focus on his instrument to undergo a transformation from a teenage Hendrix clone to an original rock voice poised for megastardom. Recommended for anyone interested in rock 'n' roll.—Dave Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423485988
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 712,641
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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