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by Daniel Johnston
FAST-TRACK: Daniel Johnston (1961 to 2019) was an American singer/songwriter and visual artist. Daniel Dale Johnston was born in Sacramento, California, USA, on January 22nd 1961, but grew up in New Cumberland, West Virginia. The youngest of five children, he began recording music in the late 1970s on a $59 Sanyo monaural boombox, singing and playing piano as well as the chord organ. Following his graduation from Oak Glen High School, he spent a few weeks at Abilene Christian University in West Texas before dropping out. He later attended the art program at the East Liverpool campus of Kent State University, during which he recorded "Songs of Pain" and "More Songs of Pain". Becoming highly-regarded as a significant figure in 'outsider', 'lo-fi' and 'alternative' music scenes over time, most of Johnston's work consisted of cassettes recorded alone in his home, and his music was frequently cited for its "pure" and "childlike" qualities. He spent extended periods in psychiatric institutions, and was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He gathered a local following in the 1980s by passing out tapes of his music while working at a McDonald's in Austin, Texas, and his cult status was further enhanced when the 'Nirvana' front man Kurt Cobain was seen wearing a T-shirt which featured artwork from Johnston's 1983 album "Hi, How Are You". He was the subject of the documentary "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" in 2005. In the field of art, Johnston released his first comic book, "Space Ducks - An Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness" in 2012, as a tie-in with the "Space Ducks" album and an iOS app. He also collaborated with the skateboarding and clothing company Supreme on numerous collections showcasing his artwork (these consisted of clothing and various accessories). Daniel Johnston died of a suspected heart attack at his home in Waller, Texas, on September 11th 2019. He was 58. http://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/11/arts/music/daniel-johnston-dead.html
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Johnston
Posted: 12th September 2019
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† REST IN PEACE † ✚
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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