Texas is a very popular destination for budding filmmakers looking to make a name for themselves by making revealing bio-docs about mythic "troubled genius" musicians. Director Keven McAlester follows in the footsteps of Margaret Brown, who told the Townes Van Zandt story in 2004's Be Here To Love Me, and Jeff Feuerzeig, whose intriguing The Devil And Daniel Johnston came out in 2005. The fascinating You're Gonna Miss Me - the heartbreaking story of former 13th Floor Elevators acid casualty Roky Erickson - confirms that the Lone Star State has more tragic tales worth telling in DVD format with companion CD spinoff potential.
Those who know and love the Elevators' entrancing psych scorch and Erickson's subsequent alien-bent solo work may be disappointed by the dearth of peak-period performance footage. Sadly, as in so many similar films, the music is relegated to a minor support role as McAlester focuses on the more bizarre aspects of Erickson's struggle with mental illness and strange family life, never really demonstrating what made him such a compelling figure in the first place.
The film is saved by a legal challenge by Erickson's siblings to wrest guardianship from their loopy mother, providing a convenient plot twist. Those missing the man's music should skip the weak soundtrack disc and instead grab the excellent 43-track anthology I Have Always Been Here Before (Shout! Factory), which has everything you need to hear.