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Texan band The 13th Floor Elevators coined the term psychedelic rock and were responsible for some of the garage era's most precious nuggets. With his visionary lyrics, their charismatic singer Roky Erickson was poised to be a huge star, but as his fame grew, so did his notoriety, and his drug intake and public declarations about the benefits of marijuana and LSD bought him to the attention of the local police. Arrested for the possession of a single joint in 1969, Erickson pleaded insanity to avoid a prison term, and spent the next three and a half years in the State institute for the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like any good documentary, this one releases information slowly and sometimes with startling abruptness."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"You're Gonna Miss Me follows Roky Erickson, the lead singer of the 13th Floor Elevators and maybe the most influential 1960s pop star that most folks haven't heard of."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"Today Roky is actually on tour again, with a number of 2007 musical festival appearances including Coachella -- a development at least worthy of an afterword."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
"Powerful drama about a legendary rock musician's battle with schizophrenia and a chance at a new life."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"You're Gonna Miss Me is still a great meld of rock history, the sociological and familial impacts of mental disability and some courtroom intrigue."
‑ Don R. Lewis, Film Threat
"There's an undeniable fascination to watching the extensive footage of Erickson, whose yowling, manic vocals on display in the extensive archival performance footage contrasts dramatically with scenes of him in more recent times."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Complexly intriguing."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Like Crumb or The Devil and Daniel Johnston, it's remarkably close-up moviemaking, with family secrets laid bare for all the world to see."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"Another dysfunctional American family gets its documentary close-up in the sad but involving You're Gonna Miss Me, the story of legendary music pioneer Roger "Roky" Erickson."
‑ Gary Goldstein,
"McAlester documents Erickson's musical rise and unfortunate decline into a mental illness he still struggles with, unleashing archival performances and home videos in this documentary film."
‑ , Austin Chronicle
"One senses that this profile has been made by a fan who assumes we'll supply the pathos ourselves. And drug casualties are surely upsetting. But how can we miss someone we never really get to know?"
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A sensitive case-study of a promising artist who fell afoul of the system but still managed, with the help of family, to reassemble his shattered life."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"The film chronicles [Roky's brother] Sumner's quest - and [Roky's mother] Evelyn's resistance, and Roky's oblivious disconnection - in scenes of remarkable and distressing intimacy. There are also several clips of rare footage from the Elevators days that"
‑ Kurt Loder, MTV
"Keven McAlester's superb documentary about Texas singer-songwriter Roky Erickson scratches the surface of an artist's life only to find a welter of insanity, secrets and family dysfunction."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's gripping stuff to watch and, quite frankly, the stuff that great documentaries are made of."
‑ Oz,
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