Thursday, March 24, 2005

This was in a Mar. 18th Houston Chron. Its nice to see Roky get recognition after all these years; perhaps having received a standing ovation will heal him in some ways; bound to have a good effect. I still think Street Song by the 13th Floor Elevators is one of the great largely unknown gem of a song from the late 60's. Maybe add my musings on that topic someday, but here is an excerpt from the article-

AUSTIN - In a sign that the golden age of documentaries is still upon us as the form continues to thrive as never before, reality-based films have been among the strongest offerings at the South by Southwest Film Festival this week.
In its 12th year, the festival, which continues through Sunday, has had record attendance; registrations are up 30 percent from last year's 3,667. Venues have been packed for both narrative and documentary films, with people often standing in line for more than an hour for a chance at a seat.

You're Gonna Miss Me, about Austin singer-songwriter Roky Erickson, mined similar territory. Erickson emerged in the 1960s as lead singer of the 13th Floor Elevators, a groundbreaking group credited with creating psychedelic rock. But though his vocal style is said to have influenced Janis Joplin and the band's experimentation influenced other hit groups, Erickson's career was felled by drug abuse, incarceration, schizophrenia and shock treatments.
The film is as much a portrait of his eccentric, controlling mother as it is of Erickson, and much of it centers on a struggle between his mother and his youngest brother about who would care for him. The riveting film contrasts the lean, handsome Erickson of the 1960s with the bloated, unkempt, childlike man he became.
For years, Erickson — under his mother's influence — shunned medication and lived a life of poverty in Austin. Evidence of his improvement may be seen in the performance he's scheduled to give Saturday during the SXSW Music Festival. He was at a screening of You're Gonna Miss Me Wednesday and received a standing ovation.

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