Wednesday, 13 November, 2019

Psychedelic rock star Roky Erickson dead at 71

Roky Erickson Rip Header The News Roky Erickson Pioneer Of Dark Psychedelic Rock Dead At 71 Psychedelic guitarist Roky Erickson has passed away
Lora Ball | 03 June, 2019, 19:29

Erickson's death was announced by his brother Mikel Erickson on Facebook and confirmed by his agent, Dave Kaplan.

The cause of death had not been released and the representatives appealed for privacy for his family.

The Texas native was a legend in his home state and an embodiment of what became his hometown's slogan, "Keep Austin Weird". They were among the very first psychedelic rock bands. His burly howl and searing guitar helped establish a new path for rock music and turned him into a beloved cult figure for the remainder of his life. He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was treated with electroconvulsive therapy as well as being institutionalized on and off. He would never be the same. Later in the same year, he formed the 13th Floor Elevators along with electric jug player Tommy Hall and guitarist Stacy Sutherland. It's really a circumstance where he continues to provide the requisite "Reverberation". Its genius was unmistakable even then, and it eventually became The 13th Floor Elevators' only appearance on the Billboard singles charts.

13th Floor Elevators released four albums of otherworldly psychedelia for independent label International Artists between 1966 and 1969.

On Friday, the rock world lost a true pioneer.

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A 1990 tribute album to Erickson, Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye, attracted the likes of REM, T-Bone Burnett, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Julian Cope, The Mighty Lemon Drops, Primal Scream and ZZ Top.

ERICKSON tried to maintain a solo career when he wasn't encumbered by mental issues, his illness was the focus of a 2007 documentary "You're Gonna Miss Me".

In 2010, he released the album True Love Cast Out All Evil, which featured Okkervil River as his backing band.

In 2015, Erickson reunited with the surviving members of 13th Floor Elevators to headline Austin's Levitation-a festival named for one of the band's songs-rejoining Tommy Hall, John Ike Walton and Ronnie Leatherman for the band's first performance in almost 50 years.

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