Book Review: True Love Cast Out All Evil: The Songwriting Legacy of Roky Erickson

By Brian T. Atkinson
(hardcover) $28.00

Through interviews with those who were there, and a presentation of the late psych-rocker’s own words, Atkinson mostly chronicles the solo years of the revered rocker and frontman, formerly of the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, showing that Erickson was haunted by mental illness, likely compounded by his usage of hallucinogenics and other drugs. Despite that, however, his influence on Texas musicians is chronicled in hours of interviews with veteran and up-and-coming artists.