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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Rock Hall Screens Roky Erickson Doc for Free

Posted By on Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Roky salutes you
  • Roky salutes you

If you’re going to hear Austin psych-garage legend Roky Erickson at the Beachland on Saturday — which is part of the club’s 10th-anniversary celebration — the Rock Hall is offering an opportunity to gain some context on his performance.

At 7 p.m. tomorrow in its 4th-floor Foster Theater, it will screen the 2005 documentary You’re Gonna Miss Me, which tells the story of the musician’s descent into schizophrenia, aggravated by drug use, following his brief burst of success in the ’60s with his band the 13th Floor Elevators, and the battle waged within his family to get him proper care and treatment while he was a virtual prisoner for years in the caretaking of his religious, psychiatry-doubting mother.

It includes commentary from a host of performers who hold Erickson the musician in esteem, including Patti Smith, Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surgers and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.

The story has a happy ending. His younger brother was appointed Erickson’s legal guardian in 2001 and arranged for his financial and medical needs to be taken care of. He became well enough to start performing semi-regularly again in 2005.

Anyone who saw the jittery shell of a man dragged out onstage by well-meaning but misguided friends at the Austin Music Awards in the mid-’90s knows what a triumph this is.

The screening is free with a reservation; call 216.515.8426 or e- edu@rockhall.org.

By the way, if you’re a Rock Hall member, you can get a $3 discount on $30 tickets to see Erickson at the Beachland if you buy you tickets in advance by phone or in person at the Beachland. —Anastasia Pantsios

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