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Texas Flood: An Inside Look At The Genius And Struggles Of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Authors of a new biography of the legendary musician share their stories.

Musician Stevie Ray Vaughan
Blues guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan rehearses before a 1986 performance on Saturday Night Live.

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Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray VaughanTexas native Stevie Ray Vaughan is fondly remembered as one of the greatest guitarists of all time and is revered as a groundbreaking figure in the blues revival of the 1980s.

After years of success, a fatal helicopter crash in 1990 cut Vaughan's life short when he was only 35 years old.

Now, just shy of 30 years after his death, a new biography about Vaughan is coming out called Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan, named after his debut album.

The authors of the book, Alan Paul and Andy Aledort, are musicians themselves and compiled a number of interviews with Vaughan and some of the major players in his life.

In the audio above, Paul and Aledort talk with Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn about how Vaughan became such an institution and about some of the surprising things they discovered in writing the book.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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