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You're Gonna Miss Me (2005)

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Documentary about rock pioneer Roky Erickson, detailing his rise as a psychedelic hero, his lengthy institutionalization, his descent into poverty and filth, and his brother's struggle with their religious mother to improve Roky's care.

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Credited cast:
Byron Coley ...
Himself - Rock Critic
13th Floor Elevators ...
Themselves (archive footage)
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Sumner Erickson ...
Himself
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Himself - ZZ Top
Clementine Hall ...
Herself - Elevators Lyricist
Gibby Haynes ...
Himself - Butthole Surfers
Chet Helms ...
Himself - Rock Promoter
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Himself - MTV
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Himself - Sonic Youth
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Herself - Musician
John Ike Walton ...
Himself - 13th Floor Elevators Drummer
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Outside Austin, Texas, a 53-year-old man sits in an apartment with four radios, three televisions, two amps, a radio scanner, and an electric piano playing. At the same time. Loudly. He has three teeth, his hair is matted into one huge dreadlock, and he has a notarized document on his wall declaring himself an alien, "so whoever's putting shocks to my head will stop." Thirty years earlier, Roger Kynard "Roky" Erickson was a rock-and-roll icon: A manic singer who was Janis Joplin's primary influence, he fronted a band called the 13th Floor Elevators, considered by many to be the creators of psychedelic music. After a 1969 marijuana arrest, Erickson entered an insanity plea and was sent to the Rusk State Hospital, a medieval institution deep in the east Texas pineforests. He remained there for three years with the state's most violent mentally ill offenders, then reemerged a changed man: He sang about ghouls, zombies, and Satan, christened himself "the evil one," and declared himself an... Written by Palm Pictures

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Concerning Roky Erickson, the great lost pioneer of rock and roll, and his mother, Evelyn

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$1,340, 10 June 2007, Limited Release

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$1,340, 10 June 2007
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References Poketto Monsutâ Aka (1996) See more »

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Creature With the Atom Brain
Written by Roky Erickson
Published by Orb Music Co. and Bleib Alien Saucer Publishing (ASCAP)
Performed by Roky Erickson
Licensed from Orb Productions
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2 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is an incredible - and incredibly fu**ed up! - story, beautifully told. I had not heard of Roky Erickson before I saw this film. A friend invited me to a screening without much warning so I had no expectations.

What I discovered was a film that's a tripped out ballad of family dysfunction on a level that is heartbreaking to bear. But it can be really funny too. It's tragic, comic, and mind blowing all at once - and in a weirdly quiet way.

It's the kind of subject matter that could be handled in a way that's glib and wonky. But the filmmakers chose a different route, one that's elegant and thoughtful – be it in the downright hypnotic compositions of the 16mm cinematography (how did they swing that in a documentary?) or the quiet style of the editing (the kind that gives you space to think, to feel) - and it leaves a lasting impression. I saw it over a week ago and keep thinking about these incredible people.

"You're Gonna Miss Me" is troubling, fascinating, captivating and hysterically funny. Do whatever you need to do to see this film; it is a true and singular find.


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