This is a review of the 13th Floor Elevators book - Eye Mind The Saga of Roky Erickson and The 13th Floor Elevators, The Pioneers of Psychedelic Sound by Paul Drummond. First, this isn't the "first" book on the 13th Floor Elevators. That honor would go to The Psychedelic History of the 13th Floor Elevators by Roberto Juans. This was published on the Internet about ten years ago and is available here:
Just look for it and you'll see it as two files to be downloaded and printed out. This, free, book is waaaaaaay better than Drummond's.
As far as Drummond's book goes, don't buy this book! Borrow it from somebody or wait for it to be available as a download. See... Drummond isn't a very good writer. Oh yeah, he can string the words together but he has no passion for this subject. He does nothing to bring the story to life. His 13th Floor Elevators book has all the passion and intensity of a term paper on organic chemistry. All Drummond does is list the dates and times of stuff. He talks about amazing events in a most wooden and perfunctory manner.
The editing sucks in this book too. For those of you who are of a more literary nature you will notice this immediately. Drummond's Editor must've been asleep at the wheel or maybe he had no editing done. It's wooden and sophomoric in nature.
Be ready for what a drag this book is too. It's ALL talked about here: the rip offs, the drugs, the mental illness, the arrests, the missed gigs, everything. In fact, the negative stuff is *really* what Drummond's book is all about. It's a drag to read and it leaves the reader with the impression that the 13th Floor Elevators were a flash in the pan band.
Drummond sure loves to use the Roky CD Club interviews but he will not credit them. Reading the book one can read about events and things that were first discussed in Roky CD Club interviews. Drummond talks around these, never directly quoting, but making sure to weave the information in. Drummond makes no mention of all of the amazing work that the Texas Psych Group / Roky CD Club did: release of definitive versions of albums, interviews, unearthing material, more.... So Drummond has proven that he will only tell his little version of the events.
Don't buy his book. Don't waste your money.
Posted on accessmylibrary.com :
"Drummond's inexperience as a first-time author shows in the lack of self-editing--the book could easily lose fifty pages--and numerous factual errors, some silly (the "Burny Castle Gibson" guitar is really a Barney Kessel Gibson) and some bizarre (the Sex Pistols playing a Kerrville gig in 1978? Never happened)."