Founding member of 13th Floor Elevators, Roky Erickson, has died age 71

Roky Erickson, the psychedelic rock legend, has died at the age of 71 in Austin today.

It was reported by Variety that Erickson’s brother, Mikel, confirmed the news to Bill Bentley, the producer of the 1990 Erickson tribute album Where The Pyramids Meet The Eye. As of yet no information as been given in regards to the cause of death.

Erickson’s song ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ was a huge hit for the band in the ’60s and is still regarded as one of the greatest and iconic tracks to come out of the garage-movement. Before this, Erickson had a string of bands like the Spades, his first band after dropping out of high school in 1965.

It was in 1966, when he was only 19, that his band 13th Floor Elevators released their debut album The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators. The band had a string of other albums before sadly Erickson was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 1968. He was sectioned and forced to go under electroconvulsive therapy. This was followed by another hospitalisation when he was arrested for marijuana possession.

With the release of 1990s When The Pyramid Meets The Eye compilation, featuring renowned artists at the time such as R.E.M, Jesus and Mary Chain, he found cult fame. The bands covered all of his songs and brought new life into an album decades old proving how iconic the bands sound was all those years before.

The band Erickson had made all this years before reformed back in 2015 and headlined Levitation, in Austin. The pysch-rock rest named after one of their songs.

RIP.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Delivering curated content