He didn’t have an easy life, so we hope he will rest in peace. Roky Erickson was a songwriter extraordinaire, an innovator, and an influencer. He impacted a young Dave Grohl and befriended ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. He was a founder of the psychedelic rock movement with the 13th Floor Elevators. He also suffered from schizophrenia and endured horrific electro-shock therapy.
Roky Erickson eventually got the right treatment and made a return to recording and touring. Yet it’s his 60s and 70s material that remains immortal.
Recommended listening: The Evil One on CD, which is essentially two albums combined into one. Every single song is amazing, but here’s “Mine Mine Mind” (produced by Stu Cook of CCR). You can tell he was haunted. Rest in peace, Roky.