The founding father of psychedelic music is profiled in director Keven McAlester's intimate look at the life and career of legendary 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roger Kynard "Roky" Erickson. His voice was powerful enough to start a musical revolution, but the noise in his head would ultimately prove too overwhelming to ignore. A rock & roll icon whose epic heroin and LSD binges preceded a devastating battle with schizophrenia, Erickson gradually withdrew from the music scene while growing increasingly obsessed with religion. Now, as the 53-year-old Erickson sits in his apartment just outside of Austin, TX, listening to multiple television, radios, scanners, and electric keyboards, fans can finally find out just what ever happend to the man who became one of rock & roll's greatest mysteries. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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A docu-mentary about Roky Erickson of the 13th Floor Elevators, the performer who coined the phrase "psychedelic rock". Listen to the music directly throughout chapter 6, chapter 7, 6 minutes into chapter 11, and the selected performances in the extras section. After watching this movie, I purchased the "You're Going to Miss Me" CD. I guess that makes me a Rocy Erickson fan 40 years later. But some of the songs are really catchy.
Well done and well researched documentary. Very close and in depth about a disfuctional family and a musical genius, Rocky Erickson. To see how his mind works through the lense is nothing more that brilliant. From muse to zombie , he defeats, with his brother's help, a dibilitating mental illness triggered by shock therapy at The Rusk State Hospital and his mothers' see saw home care. Make sure you watch some of the extra material as a follow up to his pheonix comeback.
I really thought this was a great movie in terms of what it took to make it. The story itself - - about a guy I really enjoyed listening to decades ago, was so tragic. I really think "Mommy Dearest" and "Quiet Freako Daddy" were definitely the undoing of Roky Erickson, and his four brothers. Such a nice guy though - - and the 13th Floor Elevators were as "Garage Punk Rock" as Sky Saxon and The Seeds in the late 60's. Two of the founding members of the 13th Floor Elevators, Stacy Sutherland and Danny Galindo, are dead. I pray Roky can continue his rehab back to mental health for the rest of his life.