Roky Erickson Documentary You’re Gonna Miss Me to be screened at the Rock Hall
Presented in conjunction with Beachland Ballroom’s 10th Anniversary Weekend
CLEVELAND (February 22, 2010) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host a special screening of the award-winning documentary You’re Gonna Miss Me (2007) on Wednesday, March 3, 2010. This film screening is presented in conjunction with the Beachland Ballroom’s 10th anniversary weekend celebration.
The film screening will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, March 3 at 7pm in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater. The screening is FREE and open to the public. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (216) 515-8426 to RSVP.
On Saturday, March 6, Roky Erickson will perform at the Beachland Ballroom as part of the venue’s 10th anniversary weekend celebration. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets to the concert are $30. Visit http://www.ticketweb.com. Rock Hall members can receive at $3.00 discount per ticket through advance purchase only, in person or by phone at the Beachland. The Beachland is located at 15711 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, Ohio.
About Roky Erickson
Roger Kynard “Roky” Erickson hails from Austin, Texas. As singer, songwriter, and guitar player for the legendary Austin band The 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound impact on the San Francisco scene when the group traveled there in 1966. The Elevators only had one chart hit, the Roky-penned “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” but their influence was far reaching.
Unfortunately, Roky’s struggles with drug abuse and mental illness took a serious toll. His 1969 arrest for possession of a single marijuana cigarette led to his being committed for three years to Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where he was reportedly subjected to many experimental treatments. Most agree he was never the same after his release. Roky has had prolific periods of creativity in the intervening years, including many critically-acclaimed albums, but unscrupulous managers and record label executives often took advantage of his condition, leaving Roky to live in poverty while others profit from his music.
Happily, today Roky is in the process of making an astounding recovery. His youngest brother, singer/songwriter and former Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal Tubaist Sumner Erickson, was appointed Roky’s legal guardian in 2001. Sumner has established The Roger Kynard Erickson Trust to address Roky’s living expenses, medical bills, and other financial needs. Roky is now back in Austin, where his health continues to improve dramatically. In 2005, Roky made his first public performance in 10 years performing at the Roky Erickson Psychedelic Ice Cream Social at Threadgills in Austin. Since then he has appeared at South by Southwest, the Austin City Limits Festival, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and plays regular shows in the U.S. and Europe. In November, Erickson appeared at the Rock Hall’s American Music Masters tribute to Janis Joplin.
Film Synopsis YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME – A FILM ABOUT ROKY ERICKSON
Outside Austin, Texas, a 53-year-old man sits in an apartment with four radios, three televisions, two amps, a radio scanner, and a Casio electric piano playing all at the same time. Loudly. He has three teeth, his hair is matted into one huge dreadlock, and he has a notarized document on his wall declaring himself an alien, “so whoever’s putting shocks to my head will stop.”
This is the story of Roky Erickson: the manic singer and front man for the legendary band, The 13th Floor Elevators who are considered by many to be the creators of psychedelic music and muse to Janis Joplin. YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME is a disturbingly intimate portrait of an imploding family and the struggle between modernized medicine and religion. Known for his colossal heroin and LSD binges and an ongoing struggle with schizophrenia, Roky has become one of music’s legendary tragic figures.
First arrested for carrying one joint of marijuana, Roky enters an insanity plea which lands him in a minimum security mental hospital. After numerous attempts to escape, the state of Texas transfers him to Rusk State Hospital for the mentally ill, where he undergoes a series of implausible shock treatments, leaving this rock virtuoso a scarce whisper of his former self.
Now kept under lock and key by his mother Evelyn—-who refuses him any treatment beyond love, prayer, and a view of psychiatry gleaned from the shows that she has seen on television. Erickson becomes the centerpiece of a surreal family struggle and the blank screen onto which those around him project their re-imagined pasts and hopeful futures.
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