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Goodbye Sweet Dreams (With Okkervil River) - Single

Roky Erickson

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Icon of Rock

Once I had a love
And you never returned
Don't leave me now
My love does not do bright burn

- Goodbye Sweet Dreams

Triumphant return for lost but NEVER forgotten icon of rock'n'roll. For those of you unfamiliar with the saga of Roky Erickson and that of the 13th Floor Elevators (the genre defining godfathers of psychedelic rock from Austin, TX, circa 1965-1969) let me be the first to tell you what musicians, producers, and the entire music industry have known for decades: Roky Erickson was THE voice of Rock and Roll! (Apologies to Van and Mick) Unfortunately, for reasons oblivious to this reviewer, the masses remain generally unaware of Roky's undeniable influence on EVERYTHING rock and roll. From punk and metal to Dylan and the indie-slacker 'Neil-Young-wannabe' bands of today, Roky Erickson influenced them all. Check out Kevin McAlester's doc You're Gonna Miss Me: A Film about Roky Erickson to get the complete story. True Love is another reason Roky Erickson deserves enshrinment into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame. Big high five to Okkervil River for stellar backing performance. Oh, can I tell y'all somethin'..I'm 35 years old and 'discovered' Roky in Feb of '09. He's that good!

IF YOU BE AND LET BE THESE WORDS YOU CAN RECEIVE - Roky Erickson

The One & Only Roky Erickson

Wonderful song. So glad he's doing well. Hopefully the iTunes Store will have his latest release "True Love Cast Out All Evil" from ANTI Records.

The One & Only Roky Erickson

Beautiful...very powerful song.

Biography

Born: July 15, 1947 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Like Syd Barrett, a common point of reference, Roky Erickson rose to cult-hero status as much for his music as for his tragic personal life; in light of his legendary bouts with madness and mythic drug abuse, the influence exerted by his garage-bred psychedelia was often lost in the shuffle. Born Roger Kynard Erickson on July 15, 1947, in Dallas, TX, he began playing the piano at age five; by age 12, he had also taken up the guitar. The child of an architect and would-be opera singer, Erickson dropped...
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