STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN MAGAZINE
COVERS AND BOOKS 2000-2005
The May 2000 issue was published with four different covers celebrating Texas music:
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Wills, Selena and Natalie Maines. There is also a four-page
foldout picture of over 100 Texas musicians gathered at the SRV Memorial.
July-August 2000 has SRV cover and article.
World: The August 2000 issue features SRV on the cover and lengthy article.
||Vintage Guitar: The December
2000 issue features an SRV cover and articles.
||Fuzz: Swedish magazine December
2000 with SRV cover and article.
||Guitarist (UK): The January 2001
issue features an SRV cover as the greatest blues guitar player of all
Comes with a lesson CD.
||Double Trouble article: Double
Trouble is featured on the cover of the January 2001 Blues Revue
||Guitar Techniques (UK) -
October 2001, with transcription and lesson CD for Couldn't Stand the
||Guitar Player - February 2002,
article about Stevie's club years.
||Discoveries - March 2002,
article about Austin City Limits TV show.
||Guitar Class - August 2002
(Brazil) tablature of many SRV riffs.
||Guitar Techniques - October
2002, (UK) transcription of "The Sky Is Crying"with CD
||Guitarist - April 2003 (UK) long
article about Stevie, plus lesson CD
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Texas R&B. Published July 2003. The
author's stated purpose is to put Stevie in the context of Texas R&B
history, so only about 30% of the book is about Stevie. The SRV content is
a summary of previously published material from other books and magazines.
It does not appear that any new interviews were conducted or new
information researched. There are about 12 photos of Stevie, but no photos of any of the other
(Japan) Extra #19, 2003. Stevie on cover, with lesson CD. (Thanks
- January 2004. Article about limited edition Fender Custom Shop replicas
of Number One. For more information on the guitars, see the Gear - SRV
- February 2004. Interviews with Chris, Tommy and Richard Mullen.
Transcription to "Riviera Paradise." SRV voted to GW Hall of
||Guitar One -
February 2004. SRV's "Little Wing" ranked #1 rock guitar solo of
- 2004 catalog. Stevie shares cover with Hendrix and Clapton celebrating
50th anniversary of Stratocaster. The "Number One" tribute
guitar was the cover of Fender's NAMM convention brochure.
- September 2004 (UK). Transcription and lesson CD for "Pride and
September 2004 (Dallas) Article about early '80's concert in Dallas.
Presents Guitar Legends - Sept. 2004. 100 pages devoted to SRV, with
transcriptions of 3 songs.
||Guitar & Bass
- October 2004 (UK) short articles on SRV and the Fender Number One
||Texas Music -
Fall 2004 issue devoted to Texas blues. Nice cover and stories, but not a
lot of SRV content.
Vaughan Brothers - September 2004. Author James L Dickerson. 175
pp. plus some photos and scant appendices. The book should be titled "MEMPHIS (and the Vaughan
Brothers)" for reasons explained below.
This is the first book to attempt the story of both
brothers. Not being expert on the history of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, I
found that material interesting. The information on their childhood
and early careers appears to have been lifted straight from "Caught
In the Crossfire," which Dickerson credits.
It is troubling that in addition to leaving out many details, he makes statements which are
just flat wrong.
While Blackbird is sometimes referred to as Stevie's first
"commercial" or professional band, Dickerson skips several years
of Stevie's musical life and calls it his first band period; he claims
Stevie has a giant eagle tatoo from shoulder to shoulder, completely
missing the part of the story about how it turned into a smaller peacock
meant to be an arm tatoo; the single recorded in 1977 with the Cobras is
credited as Stevie's first record, with no mention of 1971's "A New
Hi;" he misses Stevie's move from the Cobras to Triple Threat Revue
by a full year; and refers to Janna Lapidus as Australian (try New
Zealand). The proof reader (if any) was sloppy, with Johnny Winter
referred to as "Johnny Winters" in several places, and in
recounting Stevie's birth, he misspells Stephen as "Stephan."
How bad is that? You write a book about someone, and can't spell his name
correctly? Chuck Leavell's name is misspelled in places also.
More troubling is the journalistic insistence that Stevie and
Jimmie were highly competitive sibling rivals, despite the brothers'
denying it at every opportunity time after time. And it really doesn't
make sense. Jimmie was the first to master guitar, and Stevie was just
copying him as a boy. Jimmie's band was successful and had three records
out before Double Trouble. There was no reason for him feel a competition
in the early years when this alleged rivalry was to have existed. Stevie
took every opportunity to extoll the greatness of his brother's playing
and persued a style much different than Jimmie's. If they were actually
"sibling rivals" in the competitive sense, I don't recall anyone
in their family or bands confirming it. Yes, they were in the same
business appealing to similar (but different) audiences. So what. From
every credible account I recall, they were more sibling promoters than rivals.
Where is the evidence of this rivalry? How was is manifested? Dickerson
says they were only competitive "in private." What does that mean? If they
were such rivals, why did they tour and play together so much?
In the first 100 pages the author spends 10% of it talking
about the history of Memphis recording studios and its blues history. I'm
all for learning a little history, but after 100 pages I was
irritated that every time the Vaughans' story gets rolling and
interesting, the author exits the freeway and forces more pages of trivia about Memphis on the
reader which has no relevance to the Vaughan brothers. The man obviously
has a high degree of pride in Memphis' musical history, but he has treated
that subject in detail in other books. It is very much out of place here.
He seems to be asserting that if they had not recorded in Memphis in the
late '80s their records would have been different. I don't buy it. Even
the author quotes a Memphis record producer as saying the music (of ZZ
Top) would have been the same whether recorded in Memphis or the North
The book was keeping my attention until I got sick of the
irrelevant Memphis trivia, and overall the story is pretty thin. The same
basic information you can find in several other sources. The plus to this
book is the parallel story of the T-Birds. The quotes from some of the
T-Birds seem to suggest that there is more to the story that we aren't
getting, though. Trying to cover territory as broad as Stevie and the
T-Birds is too difficult in 175 small pages, especially when many of those
pages do not even mention the Vaughans or their bands. It reads like what I suspect
it is, a very nice summary of a number of magazine articles which never
went into much depth, supplemented by the research of Patoski and
Crawford. Maybe the second half of the book will be better . More
Well, folks, I tried taking a break for a day and getting a running start
at the second half of this book. I finished one chapter where the author
spends the last several pages with yet more irrelevant promotion of
Memphis as the center of the universe, only to find that the next chapter
is titled, "All Roads Lead to MEMPHIS"!!!! Sorry. He finally
lost me. I can't even continue reading this promotional literature on
Memphis disguised as a book about the Vaughan brothers. Maybe you will
fare better and have more patience than I. Certainly the fans in Memphis
will love it. After reading half the book, this reader was left with the
inescapable conclusion that the author turned in his manuscript and the
publisher told him it was way too short. So he added information about
January 2005, contains a fold-out poster of Stevie's "Lenny"
guitar, but pay no attention to the text; all the references to a yellow
'65 Strat are about a different guitar. HUGE error by Guitar World.
I believe this is the first cover feature on a major US guitar magazine
for Henry Garza of Los Lonely Boys, though they have appeared on Pollstar,
Tracks and some other publications.
March 2005 - Stevie shares cover (small photo). Article and a few licks by
Wolf Marshall. Thanks
Spring 2005 - UK magazine special edition on legendary
blues guitarists, with photo of SRV and BB King by yours truly.
2006 lesson magazine and DVD.
of Genius: Stevie Ray Vaughan
(Japan) - 2006. Book of photos,
transcriptions and articles devoted to SRV. Japanese text.
(Dallas) - April 2006. Features review of Cutter's book (see
Can't Stop a Comet - March
2006. Author Robert "Cutter" Brandenburg. 318 pp of text plus
hundreds of photos.
I can't think of anything but praise for this
offering by Cutter "Mr Cee" Brandenburg, and it's not because he
has been a friend of mine for five years. One caveat - I have only read
the first 15 pages of the text, but I did spend at least TWO HOURS looking
at the photos and reading the captions. After those 15 pages and hundreds
of photos I can whole-heartedly recommend that you immediately buy this
book if you are a fan of Stevie.
For the truth-in-advertising part of the review, since
this is an SRV site I need to mention that the book isn't all about
Stevie, but that's a good thing. Not only do you get all of Cutter's
recollections of years on and off the road with Stevie, but insight into
his life as a roadie for Ian Hunter, Andy Gibb and others. So, this is the
story of Mr. Cee, whose best friend and "employer" just happened
to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
I've been doing research on Stevie's life and
career for 15 years, but no one can relate the stories of the road better
than someone who was there. Years ago, before I did my books on Stevie,
someone told me not to try to track down Cutter to interview him for the
fan club newsletter, because "he won't be cooperative." I wish I
could remember what fool told me that, because, to use Cee's favorite
word, it was just dang wrong! I will always be sorry that I
was misled about Cutter, and didn't find out what a good person and rich
source of information he is before I did my books - and Cee will never let
me forget it!
If you have watched this site for long, or have
known me long, you know I call it as I see it (just see the review of the
Dickerson book from the link to the 2000-2005 reviews below). I have known
the book has been in production for a long time, but I refused to actually
recommend it until I had one in hand. Now I do. The photos alone are worth
the price of admission, and the first 15 pages have already told me that I
am going to have hours of enjoyment reading about Cee, Stevie and the
The book is being sold directly from Cutter to
you - www.mrceecutter.com, and
the first 1500 get a CD with it. Get one before they're gone, and tell Cee
I sent you.
|| 2006 book regarding the "Don't Mess With Texas"
anti-litter campaign. Stevie was the first celebrity to record a public
service announcement for TV in the campaign. (See also the video
collection page for more information.
Fall 2006 (France) Came with lesson CD of various artists.
October 2006. A good introduction to the study of Stevie's
signature, but not a complete analysis. Not all of Stevie's signature
styles is covered in the article, but at least the samples given are
genuine, and he affirms the fact that almost all "Soul to
Soul" inscriptions are forged. One of the photos used in the article
was an autograph that I sold on this website. Lucky fan.
(Japan) - August 2007
(Japan) - No. 09 (July?)
(UK) - April 2007. Interview with Chris and Tommy.
- April 2007. Stevie inducted into Vingtage Guitar Hall of
The Rise of a Contemporary Sound - The new book by Alan Govenar (Dec.
2008) in bookstores now. Stevie is the main image on the cover!
(Germany) January 2008. Article by Gero Probst about the In
Step album, and sidebar about the SRV Museum exhibition in Dallas.
Producer: John Hammond and the Soul of American Music, by Dunstan
Prial. A new biography of the legendary music producer, John Hammond, who
was instrumental (sorry about the pun) in the careers of Billie Holiday,
Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Includes a good
chapter on Stevie. A remarkable man and story.
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