ALAN PAUL is the author of the New York Times bestseller One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band, the definitive book on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band. His first book, Big in China, is about his experiences raising an American family, forming a band and becoming an unlikely rock star in Beijing. He is a regular guest on radio shows and a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Guitar World, and other publications. He lives in New Jersey.ANDY ALEDORT has been an essential contributor to the international music scene for 35 years, working as a journalist, instructor and performer. He has conducted hundreds of interviews and lessons with the world's greatest guitarists for Guitar World and other publications, and toured and recorded with original Jimi Hendrix bandmates Mitch Mitchell and Buddy Miles and Stevie Ray Vaughan's Double Trouble. He was a member of Dickey Betts and Great Southern for 12 years. He has also sold over one million instructional DVDs and teaches guitar privately and via online sites such as Truefire. He lives on Long Island.
"Deep reporting makes this a treasure trove for anyone
interested in the blues and Vaughan's place within popular music."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"Fans will be thrilled with
this intelligent, informative, and enlightening biography of the
guitar great." --Publishers Weekly (starred
review)"Riveting...Vaughan deserved this book, and, as it should,
the content will stay with readers long after the last note has
sounded....This is the book fans have been waiting for."
--Library Journal (starred review)"A must for Vaughan and
blues fans." --Booklist"Soul Brother Stevie Ray Vaughan was a
force of nature! His fearless, furious and elegant approach to the
guitar was breathtaking. Texas Flood helps you understand both the
player and the person. We are grateful for the gifts he left for us
all. We thank God for the Vaughan family; Jimmie and Stevie are
--Carlos Santana "Texas Flood provides handy insight into how Stevie Ray Vaughan became a modern day avatar for guitar slingers and music fans the world over. Stevie devoured life in no uncertain terms and his intriguing intensity comes through with a loud and clear message in this remarkable work." --Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top"Texas Flood is a great book. It gave me a clear outside perspective into what was the center of my life, and offers a good look at Stevie and Jimmie's relationship: deeply endearing, often unseen. Good work guys."
-- Chris Layton, Double Trouble"Texas Flood is by far the best book ever written about Stevie. It not only tells the story of Stevie's career as a musician, it really captures him as a human being. That is what has been missing in every book about him till now. His whole life unfolds through these pages from beginning to end. It's a great book." --Tommy Shannon, Double Trouble "The authors tell the story of Stevie Ray through quotes from the people who knew him best. And what a story it is!! Even I learned a lot reading all the details in Texas Flood." --Reese Wynans, Double Trouble
"Stevie Ray Vaughan played with a magical, spiritual mystery
that was one of a kind. His soul shines through his music, making
it meaningful, powerful, and connective. Texas Flood is a
compelling book that captures the essence of an extremely gifted
musician, but even more importantly, a kind and beautiful
--Eric Johnson, guitarist "Texas Flood is a great book! The first in my view that got the entire narrative correct. What I'm always looking for in a book like this is, 'does it ring true'. And it does!" --Joe Sublett, the Texicali Horns, Stevie Ray Vaughan friend and collaborator"I learned a lot reading Texas Flood, which is a well-written, well-informed accounting of someone who not only kept the blues alive but changed the future of guitar." --Warren Haynes"Texas Flood is the perfect homage to a brilliant guitarist, written by guys who understand him and his music. As a guitar player and a fan, I can feel Stevie Ray's quest to find his tone and desire to express himself lifting off every page." --Joe Perry, Aerosmith"A must read for any true fan of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and required reading for anyone with a beating heart. This book is an extremely moving account of one the greatest guitarists to have ever walked the planet. What I learned about Stevie's life from each chapter has made me appreciate his gift to us even more. I didn't think that was possible." --Joe Satriani"The Stevie Ray Vaughan I knew is reflected in these pages. Texas Flood is a must-read for all his fans as well as for any artist aspiring to make it to the top of their game." --Joe Priesnitz, artist manager, first SRV booking agent"Like all great bluesmen, Stevie Ray Vaughan is a bit of a mystery--a guitar-playing genius who hid in plain sight under the shadowy brim of his trademark hat. In this very fine book, two of our best music journalists, Alan Paul and Andy Aledort, shed much-needed light on this brilliant enigma by speaking to those that knew him best. It is essential reading for SRV fans, guitar freaks, blues aficionados and anyone interested in classic rock history." --Brad Tolinski, author of Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound and Revolution of the Electric Guitar
"Over 35 years ago when he was still playing small clubs, I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan at Antone's in Austin. Standing so close to the stage, absolutely mesmerized, I knew I was watching a legend in the making. He was dripping with soul and already miles ahead of everyone else. A true, vital influence on my music. This book is important and long overdue." --Lucinda Williams "Texas Flood is the definitive biography of Stevie. Set against the backdrop of Austin in a much simpler time, the book opens a window into Stevie's immense artistry, drive, and soul. A must read!" --David Grissom, Austin guitarist"Finally, the definitive story of Stevie's life and legend told by the people who knew him best. It's an essential, breathless read for fans of his music, and a deep look into the hard-working world of the touring musician as well as the music business. Fellow six-stringers will appreciate the perspective and devotion to detail which respected music journalists and musicians Alan Paul and Andy Aledort bring to the book. Paul has become rock's finest narrative historian with this follow-up to 2015's One Way Out, his similarly composed and equally riveting biography of the Allman Brothers Band. I love this book." --Ted Drozdowski, Premier Guitar
Praise for One Way Out
"This pot-stirring oral history reads like a backstory of how musical lightning comes to be. All of the surviving band members get to have their say." --Rolling Stone"Alan has a way with narrative that just draws you in without using the single-level storyline used by other writers who have attempted telling the Allman Brothers Band's story. He gets right to the hows and whys that give his narrative real substance. Enjoy and become enlightened." --Butch Trucks, the Allman Brothers Band (From the Foreword)"No journalist knows the ins and outs of the Allman Brothers Band better than Alan Paul." --Warren Haynes, the Allman Brothers Band"I learned so much reading One Way Out. If you want to know the real deal, read Alan Paul." --Oteil Burbridge, the Allman Brothers Band"Allman Brothers, unvarnished . . . [Alan Paul]'s vast trove of interviews allows the band to tell its own story." --Atlanta Journal Constitution"Alan Paul is one of America's foremost experts on the Allman Brothers Band. For the past twenty years, he has written informative, comprehensive articles on the band, and he truly understands the essence of their significance. It's great to see him release this chronicle." --E.J. Devokaitis, Curator / Archivist, Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House"Alan Paul's One Way Out is a brilliantly detailed all-access pass to the Allman Brothers Band. Using his numerous personal interviews with the band members themselves--both past and present--as well as an almost endless entourage of friends, family members, roadies, managers, promoters, booking agents, record label executives, and fellow musicians, Alan Paul has successfully created the definitive ABB biography." --Randy Poe, author of Skydog: The Duane Allman Story"One Way Out is perhaps the most in-depth look at one of America's most beloved, but thoroughly dysfunctional ensembles. Engrossing reading . . . Alan Paul has written about the Allmans for the last 25 years, and his depth of knowledge shows. The stories are salty, unfiltered, and straight from the horse's mouth. The word 'definitive' gets tossed around so often it has lost some of its meaning, but this 400-page journey into the heart of rock and roll darkness deserves the accolade." --Guitar World Magazine"No matter what you think you know about the Allman Brothers Band, One Way Out is bound to be revelatory on many levels . . . This is essential reading that strips away the myth to expose all the moving parts in vivid detail." --Seattle PI"Music writer Paul catches up with the legendary band in this entertaining, compulsively readable oral history of the Allman Brothers. Duane's ghost haunts the book." --Publishers Weekly"Perhaps no music journalist has written as extensively about the Allman Brothers Band as Paul, who has tracked the rock group's career for 25 years. And his deep familiarity with the band and its music shows everywhere in this fluid account. Augmented by photos and fascinating sidebars, this candid oral history has appeal beyond the Allman Brothers Band's loyal fan base." --Booklist, starred review