For all those who are wanna get into the show for free and have the true rok love that will make it possible—or for those who wanna get the 13th Floor Elevators book or a Roky 2XLP, both of which I have inches away from me right now (not the contest copies, don’t worry) and both of which I can assure you are deeply and righteously ripping… anyway—for those who want a chance to ace the only GRE (Glorify Roky Erickson) that matters, L.A. RECORD presents… the ROKY ERICKSON TRIVIA CHALLENGE! Direct link here and rules and questions inside.

Welcome to the L.A. RECORD‘s GRE (Glorify Roky Erickson) exam—below you will find five ultimately challenging Roky trivia questions. Don’t worry—they are multiple choice, and we will be grading on a curve so don’t wimp out! In case of a tie, the earlier entry will win!

First prizes are a PAIR OF TICKETS to see Roky live at the El Rey with the Black Angels on Halloween! (Est. retail value incalculable by human measurements.)

For second, third and honorary mention we have mind-melting Roky paraphernalia from the righteous people at Process Media, Norton Records and Roky’s management itself, for which we are cheerful, bashful and grateful! These prizes include…

EYE MIND: THE SAGA OF ROKY ERICKSON AND THE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS, THE PIONEERS OF PSYCHEDELIC SOUND—the definitive and exhaustive biography of the first psychedelic rock band on the planet! With this by your bed, you’ll ace every Roky trivia challenge ever!

ROKY ERICKSON AND THE EXPLOSIVES – HALLOWEEN: RECORDED LIVE 1979-81—Norton’s gatefold 2XLP of Roky at his most fearsome! We are listening to this RIGHT NOW (not the contest copy, don’t worry!) and it rules. In fact, the version of “Wake Up To Rock ‘n’ Roll” in the above podcast is from THIS VERY RECORD!

seen here and in full color in the last L.A. RECORD, but never revealed in its full glory until this contest, which will put it in your actual hands!

Email us your answers at fortherecord@larecord.com by MIDNIGHT on THURSDAY, OCT. 30, and include an email and phone number where we can reach you! And if you wanna hedge your bets, tickets for Roky are available here!

01. Roky and the 13th Floor Elevators were the first band to use the term ‘psychedelic rock’—but where was its earliest appearance?

a) flyer for residency at the Jade Room b) business card c) album cover d) live review in the Austin Statesmen

02. What famous cartoon consortium released a version the 13th Floor Elevators “You’re Gonna Miss Me” 45?
a) Filmation b) Terrytoon c) Hanna Barbera d) Walt Disney Corporation

03. What was the original source of the dubbed-in applause on the Elevators’ 1968 fake live album?
a) boxing match b) rodeo c) stock-car race d) end credits of I Love Lucy

04. Which famous Texan singer-songwriter was once Roky Erickson’s roommate?
a) Guy Clark b) Townes Van Zandt c) Willie Nelson d) Kenny Rogers

05. Which members of the following bands have NOT recorded at least one song with Roky Erickson?
a) Creedence Clearwater Revival b) Jefferson Airplane c) Mogwai d) Moby Grape

BONUS: What is Roky Erickson’s middle name?

Now put down your pencils! Winners will be announced on Halloween!


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