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THE ESSENTIAL STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN

 

"A well-assembled collection of detailed biographical information, interviews with Stevie and those closest to him, plus a full discography, and performance/recording history. The memorabilia section, which covers promotional releases, backstage passes, posters and T-shirts, is a treat for any fan of SRV."
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Andy Aledort, Guitar World

"I would like to personally thank Craig for putting so much time and effort into this book. I enjoyed going through it; so many things I'd forgotton about and was reminded. He did a great job!"
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Tommy Shannon, Double Trouble

"Hopkins' book is a must for every Stevie fan. From the interviews with Stevie and others to the photos of shirts and passes to the pages and pages of gigs dating back to the early 1970's, this book will continually open new discoveries about this modern hero of the blues."
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Art Tipaldi, Blues Revue

"This fact packed, lovingly assembled book is a true must have for all dedicated fans of Stevie Ray Vaughan."
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Alan Paul, Guitar World


"I just wanted to give you my first impression on the Essential SRV book, and I think it is outstanding!! I just breezed through it a bit when I got home from work last night and I found that I just couldn't put it down. So you know I have the other two Stevie books, they just cant compare to what you have put together. Really! From a huge Stevie Fan ((forever and ever)), I thank you from the bottom of my heart, I could never, ever get enough Stevie!!" Patty T.

"Well I was 'Lookin' Out The Window' this morning to see the mail arrive. The
SRV book was delivered into my 'Empty Arms' this morning - much sooner than
I thought! Only able to have a quick glance before I had to leave for work, but man it
looks superb!! Some great pictures and really thorough text." 
Andy B

"We received the book yesterday & it's EXCELLENT! Thanks!." Shannon C.

"Got the Essential SRV in the mail yesterday. Exciting and such a sharp book."
James A.

"Just received the book - perfect timing because I just came home from the hospital yesterday from major surgery and I can hardly move. I just opened the book and it looks fantastic!! Thanks again and for all your hard work on the book." Verlene H. 

"My book arrived yesterday and it is wonderful. You did a great job."
Carol S. 

"Dear C., I love, love, love my new book." Sharon

"Received your book today!! YOU MADE MY DAY!! What a fantastic book. What a superb job you did putting that together."
Deborah B.

"Got the new book today! It really looks great! Thank you so much! The next time that I'm in the Dallas area I'll buy you dinner! Thanks again!" Syd R.

"Hello Craig, Just got my book today. You did a great job! Stevie would be proud of your effort. Thanks."
Doug B.

"The new book is ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL ! I LOVE IT ! I was so excited when I arrived home to find that package...I haven't been able to stop looking at it ! THANK YOU for all the hard work, it shows !" Ronda H. 

"Just wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you I got my book and WHAT A WONDERFUL job you did! I will always consider this one of my most prized SRV items. You can tell that a lot of love and hard work went into this one. I appreciate your being willing to provide us SRV fans with something like this to have."
Trish B.

"I just got my essesntial SRV book and all I can say is wow! Man o man. That is so beautiful. ... Anyway Craig I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate all your work. You have no idea of the world and music of SRV that you have opened up for me. And I just want to say THANK YOU. I truly appreciate you. Thanks again Craig!" Jeff F.

"Dear Craig, YOU ROCK! I've read the new book from cover to cover, and it's truly awesome! It's kinda' like having everything you ever wanted to know about SRV right at your fingertips. I can't begin to imagine how difficult it was to sort and compile and write all of that, but I wanted you to know how much this SRV fan appreciates it! Thank You!"
Paula N.

"Just wanted to drop a line and let you know how impressed I am with this book! The interviews are great, not to mention all of the color photos. Well done - we all appreciate your effort!" Jim P. 

"The book is fantastic!!! Thank you so much for your efforts. You deserve an award! :-) "
Jan C. 

"We received your new book a few days ago and have read it cover to cover. We love it. Thanks sooooooo much for all your hard work. Can't tell you how much we appreciate it!!" Mark and Linda P. 

"I just got the new book and it is fantastic! The interviews and information are first rate and the photos are awesome! Stevie's musical gift and the love that he passed on to us all is something we can always hold close to our hearts. Stevie's up there smiling."
Ronald S. 

"I just had to write to say thank you for the book. Its absolutely brilliant! I was going to save it for a present, but I'm so excited about it I dont think I 'll be able to keep it a secret for that long! S.H. 

"i spent some time trying to take a quick glance at the book when i got home. the punchline is, it wasn't a very quick glance. actually, i didn't quite read the whole thing, but wasn't satisfied with a cursory flipthrough either. the details, the minutiae, the scope of the interviews all add up to a really fascinating work. i especially liked the chronology; in addition to detailing stevie's life, it serves as a great sketch 70s-80s texas music scene."
Andrew M.

i am in reciept of your hand signed book...the essential srv....essential is right....
man, i don't know where to start,........ upon opening the package i got goose bumps all over my body, and just reading the inside flaps and studying the cover photos, well, i got serious wet eye!! thanks for putting such a wonderful effort into your work, and as i am reading through it, i am feeling more like a part of "it" all.....it's that good!!!
Tom

Dear Craig,
 Just wanted to write a short note of thanks for the wonderful job on the book.....very insightful,filled with great information,interviews, and pictures.....you will be blessed for keeping the spirit alive of a truly wonderful human being....not just a musician gifted from God above......but a real person....with issues that some of us have faced.....SRV has truly helped me even in death to take stock of my life......and begin to realize just like Stevie said....if he can change his lifestyle....so can I....Thanks Craig for being part of my Recovery.......means more than you know..... T.H.