San Francisco: Craig Luckin, 1978. Original press kit for Roky Erickson and the Aliens, the first formal documentation of Erickson's return to music and to the San Francisco music scene in 1974. Probably the most complete compilation of interviews, discography, features, and biographical information relating to Erickson published in the 1970s.A surprisingly formal document from a legendarily unfocused and wild period, intended to promote an artist whose only guarantee to a manager or record label was to be able to fill small clubs. Erickson's legendary tenure with the 13th Floor Elevators ended in 1968, when he was arrested for possession of a single joint, and after a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, was sent to a series of decidedly backward psychicatric hospitals in Texas. After receiving involuntary electroshock therapy and thorazine injections, punctuated by escape attempts, he was finally released in 1972.In 1974 Erickson formed a new band called Bleib Alien, releasing a series of 7-inch singles and intermittent tours. Erickson's new band had psychedelic touches, but was a decidedly hard rock affair, with lyrical content focused almost entirely on ideas formed during his youth while reading EC Comics and watching horror films. "[Erickson] did retain a devoted cult following, however, but his popularity was fully exploited by managers who took advantage of his instability to draw [him] into a series of unfair publishing contracts that resulted in a steady stream of unauthorized releases from which Erickson earned not a cent. In 1982, he signed a legal affidavit declaring that a Martian had taken residence in his body, and gradually disappeared from music as the decade wore on." (Jason Ankeny, Rovi)Illustrated two-color card wrappers, bound with a black velo binding. 50 pages, including 8 color plates and 4 sets of lyrics printed on card stock. Near Fine. (Inventory #: 127075)
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