Roky Erickson: Legendary Psychadelic Texas Rocker Dies at 71

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 17: Roky Erickson performs onstage at AMA 2018 Winners during SXSW at The SXSW Outdoor Stage presented by MGM Resorts on March 17, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Amy E. Price/Getty Images for SXSW)

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source: The Wrap

Roky Erickson, the former singer of Texas-based psychedelic rock band The 13th Floor Elevators, has died at the age of 71 on Friday, his brother Sumner told the Austin American-Statesman on Friday.

Born Roger Kynard Erickson in 1947 in Austin, Erickson and his band rose to prominence in the 1960s at the dawn of the psychedelic rock era. However, their success was short-lived due to Erickson’s struggles with drugs and schizophrenia. The band’s “You’re Gonna Miss Me” was famously in the opening scene of the 2000 film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s “High Fidelity,” which starred John Cusack.

Roky lived in so many worlds, you couldn’t keep up with him………..He lived so much, and not always on this planet.”

Bill Bentley
Record Producer

Roky Erickson: Legendary Psychadelic Texas Rocker Dies at 71

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