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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

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Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Roky Erickson Papers, 1993-1994



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Erickson, Roky.
Title: Erickson, Roky, Papers
Dates: 1993-1994
Abstract: Three draft copies of Openers II: The Lyrics of Roky Erickson compose the Roky Erickson Papers, 1993-1994. Two drafts contain handwritten notations. Roky Erickson is an Austin, Texas, musician, known for his psychadelic and heavy metal rock styles.
Accession No.: 2010-162
Extent: 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

In 1965, Austin, Texas, musician Roger Kynard “Roky” Erickson helped form The 13th Floor Elevators, the first self-described "psychedelic" rock band. The next year, their song "You’re Gonna Miss Me" became the band’s first and only hit single. After Erickson was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, the band split up, and he spent several years in the Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane after being arrested for marijuana. Following his release, Erickson formed a new band called Bleib Alien, renamed later to Roky Erickson and the Aliens, performing and releasing albums through the 1980s. The 1980s and 1990s brought the release of several older recordings and the publication of his lyrics in Openers (1988) and Openers II (1995). By the 2000s Erickson’s younger brother Sumner established a trust to aid in medical treatment and legal aid to receive royalties for songs written as a solo artist and in other bands. In 2005, the documentary You’re Gonna Miss Me about Erickson's life premiered at Austin’s South By Southwest Film Festival, and later that year Erickson performed his first full concert in 20 years at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Sources:

Erickson, Roky. "Biography." Roky Erickson. http://www.rokyerickson.net/index3.php#bio (accessed July 2, 2010).

Drummond, Paul. Eye Mind: The Saga of Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, The Pioneers of Psychedelic Sound. Los Angeles: Process Media, 2007.

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Scope and Contents

Three draft copies of Openers II: The Lyrics of Roky Erickson compose the Roky Erickson Papers, 1993-1994. Two drafts contain handwritten notations.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Erickson, Roky.
Subjects
Psychedelic rock music -- Texas.
Rock musicians -- Texas.
Psychedelic rock music -- United States.
Rock musicians -- United States.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

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Related Material

See also the following books in the Briscoe Center Library:

Erickson, Roky. Openers. Austin, Tex.: Pyramid Publishing Company, 1972. Call number TXC-ZZ PS 3555 R4645 O636 1972.

Erickson, Roky. Operners II: The Lyrics of Roky Erickson. Los Angeles: 2.13.61, Inc., 1995. Call number ML 419 E744 O6 1995.

Drummond, Paul. Eye Mind: The Saga of Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, The Pioneers of Psychedelic Sound. Los Angeles: Process Media, 2007. Call number TXC-Z ML 421 T55 D78 2007.

Ortman, Jack. The Roky Erickson Story. Austin, Tex.: Mediaprice, 1986. Call number ML 419 E744 R6 1986.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Roky Erickson Papers, 1993-1994, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Laurel Rozema, July 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/A92a Three drafts of Openers II with handwritten notes, 1993-1994

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