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Special Features: 90+ Minutes of Rare & Exlusive Bonus Footage including:
* Historic, Uncut Live Performances: "COLD NIGHT FOR ALLIGATROS" & Intimate Acoustic Performances of "BLOODY HAMMER," STARRY EYES," "RIGHT TRACK RIGHT NOW," "DON'T SLANDER ME," and many more
* The Complete "I KNOW THE HOLE IN BABY'S HEAD" and other readings by Roky
* The Collected Works of EVELYN ERICKSON
* POSTSCRIPT: Austin City Limits Festival Documentary (2005)
* POSTSCRIPT: Roky's Emancipation Hearing (2007)
* DELETED SCENES & EXTRA DOCUMENTARY FOOTAGE
The film painstakingly shows the Erickson family's longstanding fissures, contextualizing Roky's schizophrenia and, disarmingly, putting his mother's own awkward idiosyncratic behavior on display. Lee Daniel's cinematography brilliantly captures the desolation and desperation of Roky's life, camera shaking and panning and finding hidden angles to show the strange, seemingly endless schizophrenic signs around the singer--dozens of antennae, stacks and stacks of mail strewn throughout his apartment, and Evelyn's complicated obsession with Roky's history--from his highpoints as a rocker to his tragic three-year stay at the Rusk State Hospital for marijuana possession (where, for example, he played in an ad hoc band with a couple of murderers, a rapist, and, improbably, a hospital counselor) to her own, eerie film project where she casts Roky as "the king of the beasts" in a home-movie she undertakes as a "legacy" for the family. The film is all about otherworldly dimensions, centering in large part on youngest brother, Sumner--himself an accomplished musician playing tuba with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra--and his legal battle to become Roky's guardian and get Roky "simple medical care" and medication for his schizophrenia. This is an important chapter in the history of rock, without the underlying humor that made Dig! an indie film hit in 2005 but with a much larger historical purview. --Andrew Bartlett
I never heard anything else about Roky, but somehow that review stuck in my mind.
Keven McAlister's excellent direction of one family's struggle to help a mentally ill member takes us inside the drama in a beautiful and revealing way.
As a result, Sumner becomes determined to wrestle Roky from his mother's guardianship so that he can receive proper treatment and medication.
this DVD can have some very depressing moments in it so its not for the faint of heart.however the end result is happy with Roky emerging from years of drug abuse and mental... Read morePublished 18 months ago by ROBERT W MCINTOSH
Roky erikson destroyed his life with drugs. Usually that's the end of the story and I have several friends that are quite dead from drugs. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michael Dobey
Documentaries are a film genre that one can find either interesting or boring. Truth IS stranger than fiction, and this documentary is interesting in portraying a "genius" and his... Read morePublished 20 months ago by KinoChelovek
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Roky Erickson has one of those great voices that seem to come out of the ether and define what we now come to regard as essentially psychedelic. Read morePublished on February 3, 2010 by thomas fraser