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    R.I.P. Roky Erickson

    He passed away in Texas yesterday at 71.

    "Roky Erickson — lead vocalist and principal songwriter for the psychedelic band the 13th Floor Elevators and one of the leading lights of Texas rock — died Friday in Austin. He was 71.

    Erickson’s death was confirmed by his brother Mikel to Bill Bentley, who produced the all-star 1990 Erickson tribute album “Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye,” which included performances by R.E.M., ZZ Top, Doug Sahm and other stars.

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

    Erickson specialized in a stormy, nightmarish brand of rock. His otherworldly original songs were often inspired by his favorite horror movies (a collection of his lyrics was published in 1995 by Henry Rollins’ book company 2.13.61). His intense, piercing yowl was the focal point of the Elevators’ seething 1966 single “You’re Gonna Miss Me.” A magnum opus of garage rock, it was featured on Lenny Kaye’s influential 1972 compilation “Nuggets.”"

    More here:

    https://variety.com/2019/music/news/...D3-0n1LkNEkzcQ
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    RIP. The Youre Gonna Miss Me doc is amazing if you haven't seen it.

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    I've seen parts of it but need to check out the whole thing. He led quite a life.
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    he was definitely a character.

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    Yeah, his mother was pretty crazy in that documentary trying to prevent him from getting the help that he needed. Only got the Evil One album, but there are some great songs on that.
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    Neat tribute.

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    Damn. We're gonna miss you indeed. Just heard this news. Given all that he went through in his life, I'm surprised that he made it to 71, yet still shocked and saddened by his passing.

    Last edited by paul h.; 06-05-2019 at 03:37 PM.

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