Daniel Johnston Was a Hero for the Wounded

VultureDaniel Johnston greeted me (and tens of thousands of others) when I first moved to Austin in the mid-'90s for college. Or rather, a grinning frog with extended alien eyes that Johnston rendered in black spray paint on the side of the old Sound Exchange at 21st ...

September 12th 2019


Daniel Johnston's Essential Songs: Listen to 12 Tracks

The New York TimesIn his home in rural Texas, on the eve of his final tour in 2017, the singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston told me that he wanted to have a big song someday, what he called “a real hit.” That smash eluded him, but the cascade of poignant, often slyly funny songs ...

September 12th 2019


Cult musician Daniel Johnston dies

BBC NewsDaniel Johnston, whose guileless, homemade recordings inspired dozens of musicians from Kurt Cobain to Lana Del Rey, has died at the age of 58. The songwriter and artist "passed away of natural causes" at his home in Texas, said his family in a statement ...

September 12th 2019


Daniel Johnston: a potent, profoundly moving songwriter

The GuardianBut by then, appreciation of his work by other musicians had spread far beyond Kurt Cobain, who regularly sported a Johnston T-shirt: a 2004 album, The Late Great Daniel Johnston, featured Mercury Rev, Tom Waits, Eels, the Flaming Lips and Bright Eyes ...

September 12th 2019


Daniel Johnston, Enigmatic Singer-Songwriter, Is Dead at 58

The New York TimesDaniel Johnston, a singer-songwriter and visual artist whose childlike, haunted songs brought him acclaim as one of America's most gifted outsider voices, died in his home in Waller, Tex., outside Houston. He was 58. His brother and manager, Dick, said in ...

September 11th 2019


Daniel Johnston, Cult Singer-Songwriter, Dead at 58

Rolling StoneDaniel Johnston, the outsider folk artist whose childlike pleas for love captivated the likes of Kurt Cobain, Matt Groening and Tom Waits, has died. The singer died Tuesday night of a heart attack, The Austin Chronicle reported. He was 58. Johnson had been in ...

September 11th 2019


Austin Songwriting Genius Daniel Johnston Dead at 58

Austin ChronicleDaniel Johnston, the influential singer-songwriter and visual artist who painted Austin's famous “Hi How Are You” frog mural on the Drag, died last night following a heart attack at age 58. The news was confirmed by his former manager Jeff Tartakov. Daniel ...

September 11th 2019