Friday, August 27, 2010

Roger Kynard Erickson

13th Floor Elevators




"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."

Roky Erickson







Roky Erickson and the Explosives live in Oslo - 2007

Roky shirts
Roky tunes
Book of Roky Lyrics
You're Going to Miss Me on DVD

Long live the Rok.


Anonymous said...

This is awesome.

Aylmer said...

Can someone please tell me if the cover art of EVIL HOOK WILDLIFE is by S. Clay Wilson? It looks like his work but I can't find any reference to it anywhere.

chris f said...

you just made this the best morning ever. thanks for putting this together!

abdul alhazred said...

Damn straight.

Ambassador MAGMA said...

Aylmer, I don't think that is S. Clay Wilson, but it definitely looks like it...

I wrote a bit about the band that shared their practice space but shared none of their notoriety:

Here: COLD SUN - Dark Shadows

The Vicar of VHS said...

YES! Thanks so much--epic, epic post!

Varth said...

Awesome shit, I see one 13th Floor and 3 Roky albums I haven't even heard before. Hope those links hold up until I get a fucking computer to download shit (though I do prefer owning the actual album)