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Concerning Roky Erickson, the great lost pioneer of rock and roll, and his mother, Evelyn
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Byron Coley ... Himself - Rock Critic
13th Floor Elevators ... Themselves (archive footage)

Evelyn Erickson ... Herself

Roky Erickson ... Himself (also archive footage)
Sumner Erickson ... Himself

Billy Gibbons ... Himself - ZZ Top
Clementine Hall ... Herself - Elevators Lyricist
Gibby Haynes ... Himself - Butthole Surfers
Chet Helms ... Himself - Rock Promoter

Kurt Loder ... Himself - MTV
Thurston Moore ... Himself - Sonic Youth

Patti Smith ... Herself - Musician
John Ike Walton ... Himself - 13th Floor Elevators Drummer

Directed by
Keven McAlester 
Produced by
Laura Boyd DeSmeth .... executive producer
Adrienne Gruben .... producer
Dante Harper .... co-producer (as D.W. Harper)
Lauren Hollingsworth .... executive producer
Keven McAlester .... producer
Amanda Micheli .... associate producer
Kate Roughan .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Lee Daniel 
Film Editing by
Victor Livingston 
Sound Department
Markus Innocenti .... sound editor
Jesse Pomeroy .... supervising sound editor
Paul Stanley .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jawad Metni .... camera operator (segments)
Amanda Micheli .... additional photographer
Editorial Department
Scott Freeman .... assistant on-line editor
David Klagsbrun .... additional editor
Clark Andrew Vogeler .... additional editor
Jeffrey M. Werner .... additional editor
Music Department
Daniel Epstein .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Andy Goldman .... title designer
Eve Epstein .... very special thanks
Karen Schmeer .... thanks
Jacques Vroom III .... very special thanks

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91 min
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Touching catch-up with the man who walked with a zombie...., 19 December 2010
Author: Murder Slim ( from United Kingdom

This documentary tells the story of Roky Erickson, formally the lead singer of 60s' psychedelic rock band "13th Floor Elevators" and the 70s' "Roky Erickson and the Aliens". It quickly establishes a modern day, shambling, overweight Roky. He now stays in a three room apartment, listening to many ear-splitting sounds at once - a TV playing cartoons, a radio playing feedback, an electronic organ playing a test tune, and more. Roky settles into this, pulls down his shades and falls asleep. His mother says: "It's only when I turn them off that he wakes up". YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME explores what's going on in Erickson's head that he so desperately needs to silence.

Erickson did a lot of drugs in the 60s'... before and after 13th Floor Elevators' "You're Gonna Miss Me" was a big hit. LSD, straight acid, weed, the usual suspects. He became known to the local police, and was eventually arrested for having a "matchbox sized" amount of cannabis. His lawyer, wanting to keep Erickson out of prison, pleaded insanity... tentatively calling him schizophrenic. Not a good move. Erickson was shifted off to the nearby insane asylum... one that recently had severe riots. In one incident, the inmates strapped one of the doctors to a table and said "Let's shock him 'til he s***s" in an attempt to recreate what they'd had to endure. As Erickson arrives, few doctors want to practice there and the inmates are the craziest of the crazy. Erickson is there for almost five years, writing music, getting Etc treatments, and eventually forming a band with child molesters, incestual rapists, and family killers. Two of the band were all three of those.

Erickson shuts off his brain to survive, but is eventually freed after a lawyer wonders why a guy locked up for marijuana and schizophrenia has been banged up with violent criminals. But, of course, the Roky that is released is even more messed up. He thinks he's a space alien, with evil voices constantly talking to him. In an attempt to help him, one friend gets him to sign a document ("with a gold seal to make it look serious") where he professes to the world that he's an alien. He figures this is the only way the voices will stop pestering him. The voices need to accept Roky is one of their own.

What's fascinating about YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME is that it continues from there. All that exposition I've just given is only a small part of the story. Everything could have easily been presented as another tale of a 60s' musician driven loopy by too many drugs. But it isn't. Erickson is cared for by his slightly batty mother, who's the only person he's willing to see. She doesn't want him taking schizophrenic meds... while one of his brothers - a renowned tuba player - wants to "save" Roky.

The documentary doesn't offer any concrete answers and it's refreshing for that. The mother is blighted by religion and borderline insanity, while Erickson's brother is in serious therapy and at one stage weeps in the arms of his therapist. Yet at various stages both are sympathetic. Even Roky is sometimes an irritation as well as being someone you feel desperately sorry for. It was also good to see a documentary without a voice-over, the power of which is evident when Roky's father leaves the brother's house for the walk home... just see where he ends up, folks.

YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME blows some of the few remaining myths about the joys of excessive drug use, but also explodes myths on therapy and recovery. It reminded me of CRUMB in that the stories of the people around the protagonist are as interesting - if not more so - than the focus of the documentary. Although a few people I had heard of (the Angry Samoans' Mike and Butthole Surfers' Gibby) turn up in the documentary, the full story of Erickson had completely passed me by. It was certainly a lucky accident to come across YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME. Unlike some of the drug literature I've read, I'm very glad I checked this out. It's insightful, and highly recommended. And, hell, the final scene even brings a good ol' tear to the eye.

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