Roger Kynard Erickson, 15 July 1947, Dallas, Texas, USA. Erickson came to the fore in the infamous 13th Floor Elevators. He composed Youre Gonna Miss Me, the bands most popular single, while his feverish voice and exciting guitar work provided a distinctive edge. This influential unit broke up in disarray during 1968 as Erickson began missing gigs. Arrested on a drugs charge, he faked visions to avoid imprisonment, but was instead committed to Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. He was released in 1971 and began a low-key solo career, recording several singles with a new backing group, Bleib Alien. In 1980 the guitarist secured a recording contract with CBS Records but the resultant album, Roky Erickson And The Aliens, was a disappointment and compromised the artists vision for a clean, clear-cut production. Ericksons subsequent releases have appeared on several minor labels. Their quality has varied, befitting a...
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