By Paul Drummond
“One of the main exhilarating and critical rock ’n’ roll tales ever told.”—Julian Cope
The trailblazing thirteenth ground Elevators published the 1st “psychedelic” rock album in the USA, remodeling tradition during the Sixties and past. The Elevators their very own religious cosmic schedule, to alter society through discovering a brand new route to enlightenment. Their battles with repressive gurus in Texas and their get away to San Francisco’s embryonic counterculture are legendary.
When the Elevators lower back to Texas, the band grew to become topic to research via Austin police. Lead singer Roky Erickson was once pressured right into a real-life enactment of 1 Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and used to be positioned away in a maximum-security unit for the criminally insane for years. Tommy corridor, their Svengali lyricist, lived in a cave. Guitarist Stacy Sutherland was once imprisoned. The drummer was once involuntarily subjected to electrical surprise remedies, and the bassist was once drafted into the Vietnam War.
This interesting biography breaks many years of silence of band contributors and addresses an important cult following of Elevators lovers within the usa and Europe. the gang is respected as a formative impact on Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Patti Smith, Primal Scream, R.E.M, and Z.Z. Top.
Roky Erickson is the topic of a heralded contemporary documentary function, You’re Gonna leave out Me; a field set of remastered Elevators CDs with liner notes through writer Paul Drummond might be issued in fall 2007.
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They always had parties, and they always had a stocked bar and drank a lot. Then one day my mother just decided she wasn’t going to drink anymore. My mother was a heavy spender; she loved dressing the part. When we went to conventions and things like that, she’d spend thousands. Dad pretty much stayed in the office, and we’d see dad for an hour or two and my mother would have a list, bad, good, bad... and it was his job to go punish. He was an alcoholic, workaholic. ~ 54 ~ (1950) Roky & Grandpa Jesse Erickson, courtesy Evelyn Erickson collection Around his twelfth birthday, Roky broke his leg diving into the family swimming pool and ended up in the hospital, where complications were found.
Also, the Byrds were pioneering “electric” Dylan with their folk-rock covers of his compositions. ~ 50 ~ 3. We Sell Soul F rom the very beginning, it was clear that Roky Erickson was a born entertainer. His mother missed no opportunity for him to develop his skills: he trained as an actor and singer, learned piano, string and wind instruments. By the time he was eighteen he had already established himself as a local celebrity. He had acted in theatre productions and performed in several rock bands, practicing and perfecting the styles of popular rock ‘n’ roll and folk performers.
Tary Owens: I remember the first time that Clementine took peyote. The first time is quite often very frightening, and with Clementine it triggered a lot of things from her past that were very frightening to her. The wondrous thing about peyote, though, is that once you’ve faced your demons... there’s this wondrous feeling of oneness with the universe with hallucinations, both with eyes closed and with eyes open, that is indescribably beautiful. For Clementine, after a really rough time with it, where she thought she was going to die, she started having a wonderful experience.
Eye Mind: The Saga of Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, The Pioneers of Psychedelic Sound by Paul Drummond