Marijuana Policy Project
Curved Papers

Rock and Pop Star Deaths in 2019

Roky Erickson

Nee: Roger Erickson

Bands: The 13th Floor Elevators, solo artist

Position: vocalist/guitarist

Died: May 31

Cause of death: undisclosed

Age: 71

Distinctions: Considered one of the founders of '60s psychedelic garage rock, he led the Austin-based 13th Floor Elevators who had a No. 55 hit with "You're Gonna Miss Me" in 1966 off their debut album, The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators. He went on to lead Roky Erickson & the Aliens and Roky Erickson & the Resurrectionists and record 15 studio albums as a solo artist. The 2007 film You're Gonna Miss Me documents his unusual life and career. In 1967, after being arrested for possessing a small amount of marijuana, he pled insanity and was institutionalized for three years. Erickson became more erratic mentally from that point on and was never the same, though he remained a respected and legendary figure in Austin, where he performed occasionally until his death.

comments powered by Disqus
Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.