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STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN MAGAZINE COVERS AND BOOKS 2000-2005

Texas Monthly: 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.
Blues News (Germany) July-August 2000 has SRV cover and article.
Guitar 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 time!!  Comes with a lesson CD.
Double Trouble article: Double Trouble is featured on the cover of the January 2001 Blues Revue magazine.
Guitar Techniques (UK) - October 2001, with transcription and lesson CD for Couldn't Stand the Weather.

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Guitar Player - February 2002, article about Stevie's club years.

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Discoveries - March 2002, article about Austin City Limits TV show.

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Guitar Class - August 2002 (Brazil) tablature of many SRV riffs.

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Guitar Techniques - October 2002, (UK) transcription of "The Sky Is Crying"with CD

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Guitarist - April 2003 (UK) long article about Stevie, plus lesson CD

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ROADHOUSE BLUES: 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 artists mentioned.
mag-03-09japan.jpg (21557 bytes) Young Guitar (Japan) Extra #19, 2003. Stevie on cover, with lesson CD. (Thanks Yoshiro)
mag-04-01gp.jpg (25694 bytes) Guitar Player - January 2004. Article about limited edition Fender Custom Shop replicas of Number One. For more information on the guitars, see the Gear - SRV Strat page.
  Guitar World - February 2004. Interviews with Chris, Tommy and Richard Mullen. Transcription to "Riviera Paradise." SRV voted to GW Hall of Fame.
mag04-02guitarone.jpg (37504 bytes) Guitar One - February 2004. SRV's "Little Wing" ranked #1 rock guitar solo of all time.
mag04-frontline.jpg (50670 bytes) Fender Frontline - 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.
mag04-09Gtech.jpg (44201 bytes) Guitar Techniques - September 2004 (UK). Transcription and lesson CD for "Pride and Joy."
mag-buddy04-09.jpg (34736 bytes) Buddy - September 2004 (Dallas) Article about early '80's concert in Dallas.
mag0409gwlegend.jpg (102194 bytes) Guitar World Presents Guitar Legends - Sept. 2004. 100 pages devoted to SRV, with transcriptions of 3 songs.
mag04-10guitbass.jpg (84107 bytes) Guitar & Bass - October 2004 (UK) short articles on SRV and the Fender Number One guitar.
mag04-falltxmusic.jpg (19655 bytes) Texas Music - Fall 2004 issue devoted to Texas blues. Nice cover and stories, but not a lot of SRV content.
The Fabulous 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 Pole.
   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 later... 
update: 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 Memphis.
  Guitar World 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.
  Vintage Guitar  March 2005 - Stevie shares cover (small photo). Article and a few licks by Wolf Marshall. Thanks George.
  Q Magazine  Spring 2005 - UK magazine special edition on legendary blues guitarists, with photo of SRV and BB King by yours truly.

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Guitar World 2006 lesson magazine and DVD.

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Guitarists of Genius: Stevie Ray Vaughan (Japan) - 2006. Book of photos, transcriptions and articles devoted to SRV. Japanese text.

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Buddy Magazine (Dallas) - April 2006. Features review of Cutter's book (see below).

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You 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 other artists. 
     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.
mag06-09-guitcoll.jpg (75031 bytes) Guitar Collector Fall 2006 (France) Came with lesson CD of various artists.
mag06-10autogcoll.jpg (35442 bytes) Autograph Collector 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.

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Guitarist (Japan) - August 2007

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Guitar Ultra (Japan) - No. 09 (July?)

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Guitarist (UK) - April 2007. Interview with Chris and Tommy. 

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Vintage Guitar - April 2007. Stevie inducted into Vingtage Guitar Hall of Fame.
book govenar.jpg (13868 bytes) Texas Blues: 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!
  Guitarre & Bass (Germany) January 2008. Article by Gero Probst about the In Step album, and sidebar about the SRV Museum exhibition in Dallas.

 

The 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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