You're Gonna Miss Me

You're Gonna Miss Me

A Film About Roky Erickson

DVD - 2007
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This is the story of Roky Erickson, manic frontman for the band The 13th Floor Elevators, creators of psychedelic music and muse to Janis Joplin. You're Gonna Miss Me reveals the shocking & triumphant truth behind one of Rock's greatest mysteries.
Publisher: New York : Palm Pictures, c2007
Branch Call Number: DOC 782.42166092 YOU
Characteristics: 1 DVD (94 min.)

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TheeAvebury
Oct 02, 2017

Roky Erickson has one of those great voices that seem to come out of the ether and define what we now come to regard as essentially psychedelic. You can't escape its magnificence anymore than you will never tire from hearing it. That it comes from such a sweet guy and, as we learn from this documentary, traversed a path that could easily have ended in tragedy only enhances its brilliance. His is a story that seems to take us to a time and a place that mixes an eccentric and talented family with the archaic marijuana laws of the period to put Roky in a setting that hopefully wouldn't happen today. That he has come out the other side to be once again performing and establishing his place as one of the pivotal figures in our Rock 'n' Roll history is wonderful and no doubt enhanced by films like this.

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kwa108
Sep 26, 2016

He may have had talent at one time but has descended into mental illness and incoherence. I found this very disappointed. Only for the most fanatic fans.

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gingerbeer
Dec 21, 2015

This is an odd and intriguing documentary about mental illness, family dynamics, dependency and dysfunction and, of course, the musical career and influence of Roky Erickson. Its a fascinating and worthwhile film.

This is one of the best documentaries I have seen in a long time. It lightly glosses over the psychedelic rock'n'roll revolution that The 13th Floor Elevators help to usher in, but it brilliantly explores the root ball of neuroses -- the family! Erickson and his mother are amazing creatures to behold. Beware. The clutter, filth, uncommunicativeness, TVs blaring in the background might strike closer to home than you think. Bravo to filmmaker Keven McAlester!

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books4jewel
Dec 16, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this movie. This is an incredible true story (documentary) not only of a rock vocalist legend, but also an incredible story about mental illness gone untreated which is far too common with the health care system we live in. I suspect that Roky's mother had mental illness as well - possibly narcissistic personality disorder. A very enlightening story indeed.
Thanks for the CD suggestion "jessibird". I am going to take a listen to it.

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jmorph
Dec 06, 2012

This is the sad tale of one of rock & roll's greatest vocalists, Roky Erickson. After a descent into schizophrenia & a spell in a hardcore insane asylum, he ends up living in pretty awful conditions, his (also) crazy mom unwilling to get him the medical attention he needs. Roky's brother goes to court to try to save what's left of him & his music. The scene of his mother on the stand displaying her artwork is particularly distressing.

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