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Stevie Ray Vaughan: Soul to Soul Paperback – September 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; Second Printing edition (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878338381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878338382
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,775,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keri Leigh has captured the essence of Stevie Ray Vaughan in Soul to Soul. Leigh's thorough research and knowledge of the blues results in a book that is both enjoyable and important reading for rock and blues enthusiasts. (Blues News)

The heart and soul of Texas guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan has been captured in this worthwhile new biography. (Lucille's Bluesletter)

...a revealing work. (Billboard)

...[a] well-researched telling of Vaughan's story written with the understanding that perhaps only a professional musician would have. (Louisville Music News)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By ty7777 on July 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
This has some dazzling reviews of untaped concerts from SRV and DT. Also it has lots of information on Stevie Ray's life with other bands, Jimmie Vaughan, girlfriends, parents etc. Keri Leigh was a friend of SRV's and his chosen biographer. Hower this book does have big problems. The quality of the literal material like the binding of the book has almost completely fallen apart since December of 2000. I only read it once! Also, there is no direct interviews of any of the 4 members that past through Dt. Not Tommy, Chris, Jackie Newhouse or Reese. And no interviews from Keri of Jimmie Vaughan either. Only quotes from other publications, no real stories. That seemed alot less personal and to add to it, Keri Leigh his ''friend'' really didn't have any anecdotes of her own of Stevie Ray to tell. I loved the book in general though, and actually shed tears a few times, however was surprised in many of the things I just mentioned. Also, there were a massive amount of typos through here that just don't show up in professional books usually. There were great sections on the Vaughan brother rivalry and Srv and Bonnie Rait and Buddy Guy though. There were definetely some mysterious happenings with Stevie and the last few months of his life. Many horrifying coincidences. There was plenty talk of Stevie's amps and strings and so forth that should be interesting to any electric guitar player. That was a redeeming quality not to be overlooked. There were some odd choices in pictures here, but 80 percent of them were worthy of making into posters, that's how good they are. Another good reason to get the book. You get a real sense of Stevie's feelings of inadequacy and vulnerability, as Keri quotes him talking about his idols and his manner towards them.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Jacques( iraru4@gte.net) on June 4, 1998
Format: Paperback
Ever since I was a kid, I loved Stevie Ray's music, but never knew much about him or his dedication to the music he loved and shared so emotionally with anyone who would listen. "Soul to Soul" is the story of his short life by someone who cared about him and felt the need to tell others who loved him all about him. I was riveted from the first page to the last, and found myself turning back and forth to reread some detail or laugh again at something Stevie Ray did or said. The only problem with this book is that, tragically, the hero dies. But then again, You know that going in. If you think you're over it, that you've shed your last tear for him, think again and read this book. I love you Stevie, wherever you are, Thank you so much.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Liberty Rocks! on June 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Of all the books out there about SRV, this one is still my fav. Keep going back to it again and again through the years, and my copy has completely fallen apart due to the publisher's poor quality binding glue! Other than that, Taylor did a nice job with the cover and tons of great photos inside.

But the true appeal of this book is that author Keri Leigh writes about Stevie with so much love and admiration for her subject, who was also her friend. But she never falls victim to the worshipful attitude so many authorized biographers take; rather she hits the darkest times of his life head-on, not shying away from his long years of alcoholism and drug abuse. Leigh is clearly inspired by SRV's recovery from addiction, and the way she writes about this will surely inspire others, too.

The book also features many rare interviews with Vaughan, his friends (some even dating back to childhood in Oak Cliff), lovers, bandmates, and fellow bluesmen and women. Unfortunately, as the author states in her introduction to the book, neither the Vaughan family or Double Trouble took part in the making of this book, because they were at the time planning a book of their own and wanted exclusivity. Still, Leigh does a great job assembling memorable quotes from Jimmie Vaughan and Stevie's bandmates, even if she didn't get to conduct new interviews with them. The other interviews she includes more than make up for it.

After reading this book, you'll feel like you knew the man personally. And if you already love SRV, you'll love him even more!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Cattenazzi on January 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellant read for anyone who is remotely interested in Stevie Ray. Unlike 'Caught in the Crossfire', this book told the story of Stevie Ray's love for music and later on, for life. There are lots of great photos and bits and pieces including set lists, lyrics on napkins, etc. Well done Keri for telling the story how it should be told. All Stevie is now is a memory, but a memory that will live forever in our hearts and soul. SOUL TO SOUL! Go get it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Angaiak on September 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing book! It got me reading page after page and just couldn't put it down! Keri sure has written it from her heart and soul and wrote it with great care. The photos were excellent addition to the book. It's just amazing to find out about Stevie's incredible life and times. He lived a fast, hard life, starting at a young age. Being exposed to superstardom wasn't what he thought it would be. Drugs and alcohol almost took his life away, but he had a strong will to survive. Sadly, however, just when he was starting a new clean lifestyle, his life was abruptly cut short. He was and still is one of the few best bluesmen that ever rocked the music world! His legacy still live on. Now he's jammin' with the great cats up there! They call him, " Guitar Hurricane"!!
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