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You're Gonna Miss Me (2007)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 3

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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

Jul 10, 2007

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Like any good documentary, this one releases information slowly and sometimes with startling abruptness.

August 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

June 20, 2007
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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?

June 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Complexly intriguing.

June 7, 2007
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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.

June 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsday
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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.

August 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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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.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

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

June 18, 2007 Full Review Source: MTV

Powerful drama about a legendary rock musician's battle with schizophrenia and a chance at a new life.

June 9, 2007 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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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.

June 8, 2007
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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.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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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.

March 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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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.

March 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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It's gripping stuff to watch and, quite frankly, the stuff that great documentaries are made of.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for You're Gonna Miss Me

Was it the drug usage that transformed him from a rock pioneer into an incoherent burnout, or was it the preexisting schizophrenia? Was it the treatments that he received in the hospitals, or was it simply the fact that he was locked up in these hospitals? These questions really can't be answered, and the documentary does not attempt to do so. What it does do is present the man's life story from the beginning of his musical career up until the present leaving it up to the viewer to come to his or her own conclusions about this tragic turn of events.
June 20, 2008
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A fascinating doc about Roky Erickson, the singer for '13th floor elevators'. Very similar to the doc 'Devil in Daniel Johnston' and just as good.
February 19, 2009
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