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on October 20, 2011
This two book series has been recognized by some in the music industry as the largest body of work, ever compiled & written about any musician of any genre or era, by any one single author. Also, the author has been recognized by the music industry as being the formost authority on the life & history of Stevie Ray Vaughan. The author has earned the prestigous "Keeping the Blues Alive" Award in Literature. So, both books are very detailed, very well illustrated, very well documented & supported, and very well presented. As I brought out in my review of book #1 of this two book series, the author has written previous books about Stevie Ray Vaughan, and he must be a family "insider" to have access to the information, he covers in both books. This book two does reveal that SRV's mother gave the author unprecedented access to SRV's personal photos, documents, and etc. The author dedicated this book #2 to SRV's Mother. Now, this two book series is the ultimate Stevie Ray Vaughan reference source, and definitely the ultimate Stevie Ray Vaughan "collector's item".

The forward on book two "His Final Years", is very "heartfelt", and was written by SRV's fellow Texas Guitar friend, Billy F. Gibbons of ZZ Top.

Although the title of this book (Book #2) states "His Final Years, 1983 - 1990", the book actually covers SRV's legacy, including post-humous: awards, releases, magazine articles, tributes, and etc. all the way up through the time of publication in 2011.

This Book two "His Final Years" starts out in 1983 when Stevie Ray was involved with David Bowie, on Bowie's "Let's Dance" Album & project. Stevie Ray played guitar on several tracks on that album. Then the book continues in great detail "day by day, night after night", on the life & times of the late/great Stevie Ray Vaughan. The main focus of this book (#2) is Stevie's professional life, beginning with his first commerically released album "Texas Flood". The book is packed full of illustrations that only an "insider" would have access to. Even though the main focus is on SRV's professional life, his personal life is also covered. It covers his breakup with his wife Lenny, and his girl friend Janna, from New Zealand, who was still his girl friend when Stevie Ray was killed. It covers his alcohol & drug addiction problems and how he overcame them, and became an inspiration to others stuggling with similiar problems. It includes a story & photo of "Willie the Wimp and His Cadillac Coffin." It's a Chicago story. It covers the grammy & other music awards won by Stevie Ray Vaughan, along with his albums, songs, tours, including the famous SRV/Jeff Beck Tour, his shows, setlists, magazine articles, concert posters, his band Double Trouble, personal & professional photos and on and on. It includes photos of the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Statue, in Austin, Texas. It's simply packed with information, photos, and illustations.

It covers his last concert in Alpine Valley in Wisconsin, where SRV performed with Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, and others. Then it covers the sad news of the helicopter crash after the show, that killed Stevie Ray. The book covers SRV's funeral, including close-up photos, including one with Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder and Jackson Browne singing "Amazing Grace". It covers his death as reported in newspapers. Dallas, and Austin, Texas were especially, very saddend by Stevie Ray's death.

This book two includes Stevie Ray's Guitars, and has photos of many of them listed by name, beginning with "Number 1", and including "Lenny". It also includes other equitment used by SRV, including amplifiers, and even guitar picks.

This book two also continues with Stevie Ray's legacy, post-humous: releases, news articles, magazine articles, and just a lot of information in general about Stevie Ray, after his death, all the way up through time of publication in 2011.

If you like Stevie Ray Vaughan, then you'll love this ultimate two book series. I am very thankful to the author Craig Hopkins for taking on this monumental task of writting and assembling all the vast material in these two books. This two book series will be a treasure forever, even for future generations, just as Stevie Ray Vaughan's legacy & songs will be. Like the author so eloquently states, when Stevie Ray was asked what he wanted to be remembered for, SRV replied "To take the color out of the blues", and "day by day, and night after night, that's exactly what SRV did." Thanks very much, and I sincerely hope this review has been helpful.

P.S. The Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Concert DVD covered in this book, is available from amazon. It includes tributes from Eric Clapton, Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, B.B.King, Dr. John, Art Neville, and Double Trouble.
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on July 13, 2015
What you might not realize when you view this product on Amazon is that it is a super high quality,hardcover coffee-table book. It is filled with photos, and chronicles SRV's life LITERALLY day by day, night after night. I was expecting the equivalent of Hammer of the Gods (Led Zep) or Excuse Me While I Kiss the Sky (Jimi) - a sensationalized, probably most fictional account of a rock star's rise and fall, and in Stevie's case, rise. This book is much more detailed, and is a lot closer to something like Deep Blues or Really the Blues - close to a textbook on a particular subject. Mr. Hopkins was a trial lawyer, as am I. If these books are indicative of his attention to detail and obsession with the facts, I am glad I never had a case against him.
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on December 12, 2011
This is definitely the most unusual format I've ever seen for a biography, but it's great! I don't know if you have to be slightly OCD like me to appreciate all the detailed reference information, but I love it! I think it also works as a biography, but even if you don't care about all the reference info, some of it is probably useful as a timeline to support the narrative. I also think the book is great as an overview of the Dallas and Austin blues-rock scenes of the '60s and '70s. It was so interesting to learn about the other musicians involved and how they all played together at different times and in different combinations. It seems to me that there were so many times it would have been much easier for Stevie to abandon his hardcore blues path. We are so lucky that he and Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon realized and persevered with their vision!

I love Craig Hopkins' approach of letting the quotes by friends and associates of Stevie speak for themselves. I think it allows the reader to come as close as possible to knowing Stevie as a person. Stevie was flawed, like all of us are, but nonetheless he sounds like an honest, sweet, funny, loyal and generous person that I would have been honored to know.
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on January 8, 2017
Sooo much documentation, photos, and actual dated timelines. Chronologically formatted, It transports you to the date and time as you read it. You get interviews from band mates at the time and place, as you read. Its more of a textbook on Stevie than a biography of sorts, so its very interesting . Engulfs the reader.
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on March 25, 2016
Excellent story of SRV's life It's a must to get the follow up of the last years of the man who showed the world just how the blues should be played. Taken from us much, much too soon. Just imagine what he would be doing if he were still here today.
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on February 1, 2017
Brilliant and love it!!! If you are a huge SRV fan like I am, I recommend purchasing this book. Excellant job by Craig in regards to his research info & photo's about Stevie, some info I didn't even know about him. I even purchased a copy for my brother who is a huge SRV fan as well and he loves it. A well deserved collectors item for me to treasure, a must have for any SRV fan out there!!!
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on June 11, 2015
The story of Blues guitar slinger, Stevie Ray Vaughan is told in a straight forward manner with absolutely fabulous pictures. Any fan of music, regardless of genres, should want this book. The two volumes covers his life from birth and the early years, till his death in 1990. The volumes are encased in a beautiful sleeve that will look interesting in any home. I found the price cheaper on Amazon because of the free shipping.
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on March 6, 2017
An excellent book! In addition to all of the interesting information and photographs, the book is very well written, superbly reasearched, well organized, very well designed and well edited. I was really impressed and cannot recommend more highly.
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on March 21, 2017
Amazing day by day of SRV. If you loved him, this is a book you MUST HAVE!
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on August 13, 2013
As a fan of Stevie Ray's music, I knew very little about the man. After reading this, I have a whole new appreciation and respect for this Texas boy who became the greatest guitar slinger of all time. He was a sweet, caring soul with a phenomenal talent that never changed his heart, no matter how big he got. His struggle through addiction and the life he lived after conquering those demons... truly inspiring. Wonderful insight and factual content. An absolute must read for those who Stevie Ray Vaughan's soulful, passionate music touched.
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