Legendary psychedelic musician and Texas rock pioneer Roky Erickson has passed away, per reports circulating on Friday. He was 71.
Erickson’s death was confirmed by his brother Mikel to Bill Bentley, who produced the all-star 1990 Erickson tribute album “Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye,” which included performances by R.E.M., ZZ Top, Doug Sahm and other stars.
“Roky lived in so many worlds, you couldn’t keep up with him,” Bentley told Variety. “He lived so much, and not always on this planet.”
Erickson was a founding member of the 13th Floor Elevators, who released four albums between 1965 and 1969 and are credited as the first band to refer to their style of music as “psychedelic rock.”
An enigmatic musician whose battles with mental illness inspired the 2007 documentary You’re Gonna Miss Me, Roky Erickson’s musical legacy will be forever remembered. His contributions to the Texas music scene, plus his work in the realm of psychedelic rock, have stood the test of time and will continue to do so in his wake.
Rest in peace, Roky Erickson.