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Today in psychedelic history (07/15)
    #12902025 - 07/15/10 09:04 AM (10 years, 3 months ago)

  • 1947:  Roky Erickson is born




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Roky Erickson (born Roger Kynard Erickson on July 15, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, harmonica  player and guitarist from Texas. He was a founding member of the 13th Floor Elevators and pioneer of the psychedelic rock genre.

13th Floor Elevators years

Erickson co-founded the 13th Floor Elevators in late 1965. He and bandmate Tommy Hall were the main songwriters. Early in her career, singer Janis Joplin considered joining the Elevators, but Family Dog's Chet Helms persuaded her to go to San Francisco, California instead, where she found major fame.

In 1966 (Erickson was 19 years old) the band released their debut album The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators. Psychedelic Sounds had the band's only charting single, Erickson's "You're Gonna Miss Me." A stinging breakup song, the single remains probably Erickson's best-known work: it was a major hit on local charts in the U.S. southwest, and appeared at lower position on national singles charts as well. Critic Mark Deming writes that "If Roky Erickson had vanished from the face of the earth after The 13th Floor Elevators released their epochal debut single, 'You're Gonna Miss Me,' in early 1966, in all likelihood he'd still be regarded as a legend among garage rock fanatics for his primal vocal wailing and feral harmonica work."

In 1967, the band followed up with Easter Everywhere, perhaps the band's most focused effort, featuring the epic track "Slip Inside This House", and a noted cover of Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue".

The album Live was put out in 1968 by International Artists. It featured audience applause dubbed over studio recordings of cover versions and older material, and it had little to no input from the band.

Bull of the Woods, released in 1969, was the 13th Floor Elevators' last released album on which they worked as a group and was largely the work of Stacy Sutherland. Erickson, due to health and legal problems, and Tommy Hall were only involved with a few tracks, including "Livin' On" and "May the Circle Remain Unbroken".

Mental illness and legal problems

In 1968, while doing a stint at HemisFair, Erickson started speaking nonsense. He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and sent to a Houston psychiatric hospital, where he involuntarily received electroconvulsive therapy.

The Elevators were vocal proponents of LSD, mescaline (peyote), DMT and marijuana use, and were subject to extra attention from police. In 1969, Erickson was arrested for possession of one marijuana joint in Austin. Facing a ten-year prison term, Erickson pled not guilty by reason of insanity. He was first sent to the Austin State Hospital. After several escapes, he was sent to the Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where he was subjected to more electroconvulsive therapy and Thorazine treatments, ultimately remaining in custody until 1972.

Bleib Alien years

When released from the state hospital, Erickson's mental outlook had changed. In 1974, he formed a new band which he called "Bleib alien", Bleib - the phrase in German therefore being "Remain alone". His new band exchanged the psychedelic sounds of The 13th Floor Elevators for a more hard rock sound that featured lyrics on old horror film and science fiction themes. "Two Headed Dog (Red Temple Prayer)" (produced by The Sir Douglas Quintet's Doug Sahm) was released as a single.

The new band renamed itself Roky Erickson and the Aliens. In 1979, after playing with the Reversible Cords on May Day at Raul's, Erickson recorded 15 new songs with producer Stu Cook, former bass player of Creedence Clearwater Revival. These efforts were released in two "overlapping" LPs — "I Think Of Demons" (CBS UK, 1980) and "The Evil One" (415 Records, 1981). Cook played bass on two tracks, "Sputnik" and "Bloody Hammer." Roky performed with The Nervebreakers as his backup band at The Palladium in Dallas in 1979. A recording was issued on the French label New Rose and was recently re-issued elsewhere.

In 1982, Erickson asserted that a Martian had inhabited his body. He later reported to friends that aliens were coming to Earth to harm him, and asked a Notary Public to witness an official declaration that he was himself an alien, hoping that this would convince the aliens to leave him alone.

Creative decline and renewed interest

In an unmedicated state, Erickson began a years-long obsession with the mail, often spending hours poring over random junk mail, writing to solicitors and celebrities (dead or living). He was arrested in 1989 on charges of mail theft. Erickson picked up mail from neighbors who had moved and taped it to the walls of his room. He insisted that he never opened any of the mail, and the charges were ultimately dropped.

Several live albums of his older material have been released since then, and in 1990 Sire Records/Warner Bros. Records released a tribute album, Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute to Roky Erickson, produced by WB executive Bill Bentley. It featured versions of Erickson's songs performed by The Jesus and Mary Chain, R.E.M., ZZ Top, Julian Cope, Butthole Surfers, Bongwater, John Wesley Harding, Doug Sahm and Primal Scream, among others. According to the liner notes, the title of the album came from a remark Erickson made to a friend who asked him to define psychedelic music, to which Erickson reportedly replied "It's where the pyramid meets the eye, man," an apparent reference to the Eye of Providence and the Great Seal of the United States.

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  • 1970:  Owsley Stanley is arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of opium.




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LSD Tycoon Is Held In Oakland

  OAKLAND (AP) - Augustus Owsley Stanley, who legend has it made a million dollars manufacturing LSD before it became illegal, was arrested here with two other persons on illegal drug charges.
  Stanley, 35, was booked Wednesday for investigation of possessing marijuana, marijuana for sale, and a dangerous drug. Booked on the same charges after a raid by police and state narcotic agents were Robert Matthews, 24, and Elizabeth Cantor, 21.
  Officers said they confiscated half a kilo of marijuana and an unspecified amount of opium.


(The Napa Valley Register (Napa, California) 17 Jul 1970, Fri Page 11)















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Re: Today in psychedelic history (07/15) [Re: Learyfan]
    #12903865 - 07/15/10 08:07 PM (10 years, 3 months ago)

So I wish I could post the 2005 documentary about Roky called "You're Gonna Miss Me", but all I have is the trailer.  It's on Netflix instant, so you can watch it that way.  Since I don't have that, I'll post that and then a 1983 Roky documentary, which is also called "You're Gonna Miss Me".  Enjoy.....



2005 "You're Gonna Miss Me" trailer






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Re: Today in psychedelic history (07/15) [Re: Learyfan]
    #12904029 - 07/15/10 08:59 PM (10 years, 3 months ago)

The 2005 "You're Gonna Miss Me" that you can watch on Netflix is so interesting, because Roky Erickson is the Texas Syd Barrett.  But unlike Syd Barrett, you get to see how Roky lives in this documentary.  Syd's last days were and are a mystery, other than he lived with his mother (like Roky does).  It's sad to see how crazy Roky is, but it's very interesting.  The combination of schizophrenia, too much LSD, mescaline, etc. and shock treatment really did a number on this guy.  If it weren't for his ability to play shows due to his cult status, who knows where he'd be.  One thing's for sure, when you think of 60's acid casualties, you think of Syd Barrett, Peter Green, Skip Spence, Brian Wilson and Roky Erickson.










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Re: Today in psychedelic history (07/15) [Re: Learyfan] * 2
    #12904123 - 07/15/10 09:24 PM (10 years, 3 months ago)

I'm watching You're Ganna Miss me right now. Never seen it before, or heard of the band, but I'm lookin forward to it :thumbup:


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Re: Today in psychedelic history (07/15) [Re: CarnivalBarker]
    #12904219 - 07/15/10 09:44 PM (10 years, 3 months ago)

I'm glad you're watching it.  Yeah, the 13th Floor Elevators were the first psychedelic band.  Let me know what you think.  :cool:











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    #14771125 - 07/15/11 07:42 AM (9 years, 3 months ago)

Happy Birthday Roky!

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Re: Today in psychedelic history (07/15) [Re: Learyfan]
    #16533909 - 07/15/12 10:47 AM (8 years, 3 months ago)

Happy 65th Birthday Roky Erickson!

:cheers:




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Re: Today in psychedelic history (07/15) [Re: Learyfan] * 2
    #16534689 - 07/15/12 02:17 PM (8 years, 3 months ago)

interesting, worth a watch I reckon


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Re: Today in psychedelic history (07/15) [Re: EnterTheMoon]
    #16535183 - 07/15/12 04:28 PM (8 years, 3 months ago)

I think the 2005 documentary You're Gonna Miss Me was really good.  He's pretty messed up in the head.  It's interesting/sad.  You can get it on Netflix.  The old YGMM pales in comparison, but is still good if you're a Roky fan.
















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Re: Today in psychedelic history (07/15) [Re: Learyfan]
    #18560649 - 07/15/13 07:22 AM (7 years, 3 months ago)

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    #20275383 - 07/15/14 07:40 AM (6 years, 3 months ago)

13th Floor Elevators - "Reverberation"



















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    #20275404 - 07/15/14 07:49 AM (6 years, 3 months ago)

Didn't realize The Elevators were so popular. I thought I had uncovered a gem when I found them.


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    #20276324 - 07/15/14 01:52 PM (6 years, 3 months ago)

Good job Learyfan!....thanks so much!


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    #20276462 - 07/15/14 02:22 PM (6 years, 3 months ago)

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The 2005 "You're Gonna Miss Me" that you can watch on Netflix is so interesting, because Roky Erickson is the Texas Syd Barrett.  But unlike Syd Barrett, you get to see how Roky lives in this documentary.  Syd's last days were and are a mystery, other than he lived with his mother (like Roky does).  It's sad to see how crazy Roky is, but it's very interesting.  The combination of schizophrenia, too much LSD, mescaline, etc. and shock treatment really did a number on this guy.  If it weren't for his ability to play shows due to his cult status, who knows where he'd be.  One thing's for sure, when you think of 60's acid casualties, you think of Syd Barrett, Peter Green, Skip Spence, Brian Wilson and Roky Erickson.











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Re: Today in psychedelic history (07/15) [Re: The Doobie Dude]
    #20276770 - 07/15/14 03:45 PM (6 years, 3 months ago)

Today in Psychedelic history: An EPIC Trippy YouTube channel has been created!

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Re: Today in psychedelic history (07/15) [Re: Thayendanegea]
    #21945933 - 07/15/15 07:43 AM (5 years, 3 months ago)

No prob, Thay!














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Re: Today in psychedelic history (07/15) [Re: Learyfan]
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    #24485047 - 07/15/17 02:25 PM (3 years, 3 months ago)

Happy 70th Birthday to Roky Erickson today!  :cheers:

Here's the full 2005 or 2006 You're Gonna Miss Me documentary.  Much better than that 1983 version that I've already posted.  You'll like it. 













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