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Daniel Johnston
oil on canvas
3 x 3'

Adam Brooks, all rights reserved.


(photo courtesy of john foster, april 2005.)


    Along with the incoherent ramblings of Wesley Willis, Austin,Texas native Daniel Johnston is another Indie Rocker who makes a living from being a little "soft in the attic." Insanity credibility aside, Johnston has been releasing endearingly unrefined music to the public since he began unleashing home-recorded cassette tapes in 1980. Much of his cult following stemmed from these tapes as well as from the MTV coverage he received during the mid '80s. The finished results of Johnston's Lo-Fi tomfoolery have been covered by such seminal Indie Rock goblins as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Yo La Tengo, Butthole Surfers and Half Japanese to name a few. Johnston's vivacious pop songs are usually laden with chiming guitar, clunky keyboards, distant rhythms, and a sometimes sinister, sometimes child-like perspective on life. Unlike his contemporaries (such as Lou Barlow), Johnston often seems too lost in his own Syd Barret-like condition to write jaded and cynical songs. - Rolling Stone

http://hihowareyou.com/ - Official Website of Daniel Johnston
http://rejectedunknown.com/ - Official Fansite
http://thedevilanddanieljohnston.com/ - Movie Site