The Essential
Stevie Ray Vaughan

 All-in-one essential reference book.

The culmination of ten years of research and collecting

Excerpts in the SRV Boxed Set!!


Craig Hopkins' labor of love has produced this definitive volume of Stevie Ray Vaughan memorabilia, pictures, artifacts and interviews. In the real world, Hopkins was a trial lawyer in Texas, but his passion was Stevie.

That passion surfaced in 1984 at his first Vaughan show. Even though he caught Vaughan only a handful of times including once weeks before he died in 1990, Hopkins began collecting SRV memorabilia, then he started the SRV fan club in 1992. Within these 250+ pages are Hopkins' unrestrained efforts to shed light on every aspect of Stevie.

There have been many unauthorized biographies written about celebrities like Vaughan, but Hopkins book begins with an authorized 1996 letter from Stevie's mother, Martha Vaughan. From there he includes an amazing SRV chronology which includes details every Vaughan fan must familiarize himself with. For example, the first record Stevie bought was Lonnie Mack's "Wham," later broken by his father, Stevie met Tommy Shannon in 1969 at the Fog in Dallas, and Stevie wrote "Pride and Joy" in 1975 for Lindi Bethel. In addition to 20 plus pages of Vaughan talking taken from interviews published as far back as 1982, Hopkins himself talks to B.B. King, Tommy Shannon, Doyle Bramhall, W.C. Clark, Lonnie Mack, Chris Layton, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd specifically to record their tributes and reminiscences about Vaughan.

But the strength of Hopkins' effort is the seemingly endless array of memorabilia he is able to depict through pictures and his expert explanations of collectibles. The three pages of photos of backstage passes and explanations of how to verify the authenticity is crucial information for every serious collector. Likewise Hopkins' discourse on verifying Stevie's autographs (Hopkins is often called upon to verify the SRV signature from all periods of Stevie's life.). Hopkins offers his own guide to the world of SRV collectibles. Pins, clothing (four pages of pictures of SRV concert t-shirts), programs, and guitar picks ("Most picks are highly collectable and the value is now beyond the reach of many fans."). Add to this pages of color pictures of Stevie magazine covers, recordings here and abroad, bandannas, concert posters as far back as 1972, hats, cups, set lists, even state of the art SRV tattoos. This is a book to read over and over.

There's a four page alphabetical listing of songs Stevie played, when and with who. But the most impressive assembly is Hopkins' 45 page catalogue of over 1600 Vaughan performance from 1972 through the final Alpine Valley show. Stevie didn't suddenly appear; the road to fame is a long and arduous one.

Hopkins' offers readers an intimate glimpse into the world of Stevie Ray Vaughan and the extensive artifacts that document his career.
                                                                                                    ---- Art Tipaldi, Blues Revue Magazine

Deluxe hardcover edition First printing limited to only 3000 copies worldwide
256 pages


Almost five hundred (500) photographs!!
300 COLOR photos!!    
Over 100 photos of Stevie, many from Stevie and Janna's personal photo album!! Many professional candid and concert photos you have never seen before!
The SRV Chronology Chronicles Stevie's life in detail year by year. Hundreds of biographical facts including Stevie's major awards and achievements! Excerpts from this chronology are in the new SRV boxed set.
Interviews The ultimate Stevie Ray Vaughan interview - Stevie's own words from 1982-1990

Plus...Double Trouble members Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon,  friend and songwriting partner Doyle Bramhall, Jimmie Vaughan, B.B. King, Stevie's uncle Joe Cook (including his poetry about Stevie, as seen on TV), former bandmates Christian-Charles dePlicque and W.C. Clark, Lonnie Mack, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Smokin' Joe Kubek, VH1 "Legends" producer Dan Jackson, and Heart of Texas music store owner Ray Hennig tells the story of how Stevie acquired his famous Number One Strat, and much more...

Letters from Martha Vaughan, Janna Lapidus and Tommy Shannon
Memorabilia guide and collecting tips, including photos of over 100 rare SRV posters!
SRV & Double Trouble set lists 1978-1990
Sightseeing guide for Austin and Dallas - where he lived and performed, the SRV Memorial, his final resting place, and more...
The best excerpts from the SRV Fan Club newsletters 1993-1998
Concert listing of over 1600 performances by Stevie from 1973-1990
Discography listing hundreds of SRV recordings: 45's, 12-inch singles, LP's, CD's, laser discs, DVD's, promotional records and discs, and imports.
Radio and Televsion appearances around the world.
Bibliography listing hundreds of magazine articles and books about Stevie Ray Vaughan from 1971-2000.

Copies of The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan have found their way into 25 countries and all 50 US states. Only 2967 copies were printed, and it went out-of-print and passed into the world of collectibles in November 2005. There is 1 copy remaining for sale which I will probably auction, or you may make an offer.

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