Eye Mind: The Saga of Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, The Pioneers of Psychedelic Sound

By Paul Drummond

“One of the main exhilarating and significant rock ’n’ roll tales ever told.”—Julian Cope

The trailblazing thirteenth ground Elevators published the 1st “psychedelic” rock album in the US, reworking tradition in the course of the Nineteen Sixties and past. The Elevators their very own religious cosmic time table, to alter society through discovering a brand new route to enlightenment. Their battles with repressive gurus in Texas and their break out to San Francisco’s embryonic counterculture are legendary.

When the Elevators again to Texas, the band grew to become topic to research via Austin police. Lead singer Roky Erickson was once compelled right into a real-life enactment of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and was once placed away in a maximum-security unit for the criminally insane for years. Tommy corridor, their Svengali lyricist, lived in a cave. Guitarist Stacy Sutherland used to be imprisoned. The drummer was once involuntarily subjected to electrical surprise remedies, and the bassist was once drafted into the Vietnam War.

This attention-grabbing biography breaks a long time of silence of band contributors and addresses an incredible cult following of Elevators lovers within the usa and Europe. the gang is respected as a formative impression on Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Patti Smith, Primal Scream, R.E.M, and Z.Z. Top.

Roky Erickson is the topic of a heralded fresh documentary characteristic, You’re Gonna leave out Me; a field set of remastered Elevators CDs with liner notes through writer Paul Drummond could be issued in fall 2007.

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You spotted them correct off. It used to be glaring from the instant they walked within the bar room door that this was once an entire diverse aspect. Their gown used to be no longer mod or pop—it was once hip. Benny, after all, stood out, simply because he was once very tall and wore an earring—the simply those that did that on the time have been service provider marines (for whenever you circumnavigate the globe). they usually seemed like musicians. Stacy, I consider, had a goatee—beards have been universal, however the lengthy hair... you have been taking your percentages. It was once lovely radical stuff. Clementine used to be tall and gorgeous and smiling. The evening was once some degree of confluence the place such a lot of issues got here jointly. Roky (NFA): i used to be fiddling with the Spades on the Jade Room, and all of the sudden those 4 cats got here in, and it was once like they'd auras round their heads, ‘cause you spotted them. Like they got here in and sat down, and that i stated, “I ask yourself who they're? ” after which they got here up and acknowledged, “Listen guy, we’re with a gaggle known as the Lingsmen, and what we wish to do is prepare a major group... ” The Lingsmen, starting to consider the impacts of the acid Tommy had given them past, knew that they had discovered their singer. Tommy used to be slowly and subtly piecing his equation jointly, introducing the musicians to LSD after which to one another, even if to what volume he contrived the night wasn’t clear—even to Tommy. although, Stacy recalled that each time he visited Tommy they referred to taking acid, yet by no means truly did till they visited the Jade Room to work out Roky practice. in the meantime, Dana Morris had received the Spades’ forty five and danced to it on her espresso desk together with her female friend, prior to atmosphere off to the Jade Room that evening to determine them play in individual. After the Spades comprehensive their moment set, she felt that anything was once up. not just did John Kearney go away early along with his female friend taking a look disillusioned yet, extra importantly, she couldn’t get Roky’s ~ seventy two ~ full awareness and in a bid to make him conscious of her, she diverted her curiosity to his ally George Kinney and commenced dancing with him. Roky wanted no persuasion to simply accept the Halls’ invitation to their condominium after the membership. Mikel dutifully loaded Roky’s gear and drove him over to fulfill them. The Lingsmens’ apparatus used to be already arrange, and after a number of joints have been handed round it used to be their flip to accomplish for Roky. the mix of Stacy’s guitar skillability, John Ike’s distinctive drumming type and Benny’s prematurely bass, combined with echo chambers, was once adequate to persuade Roky that this was once a good, loud and dynamic band, at the back of which the Spades paled into insignificance. Roky (RNR): So I went over to their apartment and listened to them decide and that i just... I couldn’t think it, man—they had echoes and every little thing prepared up. Benny says, “Well, we’re going to outer space,” and flipped at the echo chamber and [it sounded] like a flying saucer takin’ off, after which they’d begin their “Tried to conceal” and issues they'd written thus far. you simply wouldn’t think them. John Ike: Roky simply sat there. simply because we didn’t recognize any of his songs, we can have performed whatever like “You relatively obtained Me” and stuff like that.

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