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Leader of Texan psych-rock pioneers The 13th Floor Elevators, Roky Erikson was incarcerated in a mental hospital and subjected to electro-convulsive therapy after being found with marijuana in 1969.

The following decades were marked by fragile mental health and periodic returns to music, such as in the early 1980s when he recorded The Evil One – a schlocky horror movie-themed set of rockers, newly reissued, played with sturdy determination by his band The Aliens and performed with intense theatricality by Erikson.

Roky Erikson

The Evil One

(Light in the Attic)

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