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Legendary lo-fi and outsider singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston dead at 58. (Heart attack)

BLEEN

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Oct 27, 2017
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Dude was just a pure legend. Enjoy this classic album, folks.

R.I.P.

and this:


Story is just breaking but he has been in bad health for a while now. Man, this is a sad day. On 9/11, no less.


Edit* I just wanna give a shout to this amazing documentary. Saw it when it first came out and it's beautiful but it's heartbreaking.
The Devil and Daniel Johnston

DailyMotion is down at the moment but I'll leave that for when it comes back up.
For now, here he is Live in São Paulo
 
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Oct 28, 2017
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Wow, I'm gutted. I know he has had his fair share of problems but I always expected him to be around for a long time.

RIP to a tortured, beautiful artist.
 

SatoAilDarko

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Oct 25, 2017
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One of my all time favorite artists. I absolutely adore him.

It's super crazy but just two days ago I got into a listening binge of his albums after not having listening to multiple in a row so in well over a year.

The only artist whose art I really felt was him sharing his innermost being.

Sad I never got to see him live.

Seriously such an absolutely incredible songwriter with his lyrics and the limited tools available to him in his early recordings.

If there's anything further I hope there's happiness for him. He truly deserves it.
 

Frump

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Oct 27, 2017
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Damn. The guy was a genius. His cover of "I Saw Her Standing There" always breaks my heart.
 

Mr. Doop

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Oct 25, 2017
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Don’t be sad, I know you will...

I don’t know why, but this death is hitting me really hard. RIP to one of the most influential people in all of outsider music.
 

SatoAilDarko

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Oct 25, 2017
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His two most famous songs.


Just so beautifully heartbreaking. Even more so, if that's possible, if you know his biography.
 

Futureman

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Oct 26, 2017
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Never heard of him but enjoying some songs I'm listening to right now.

Lo-fi, underappreciated, tortured artist, dead too early in their 50s.... and now I'm sad about David Berman again.
 

uncelestial

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Oct 25, 2017
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Aw that's terrible... I saw him about 8 years ago and it was really sweet and inspiring even though he was in bad shape (lots of involuntary tremors).

Kurt Cobain was wearing a t-shirt with the artwork for one of his tapes when he died.



Here's a beautiful cover of "Some Things Last a Long Time" by Built to Spill.


RIP, Daniel.
 
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BLEEN

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Oct 27, 2017
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Never heard of him but enjoying some songs I'm listening to right now.

Lo-fi, underappreciated, tortured artist, dead too early in their 50s.... and now I'm sad about David Berman again.
There's a ton to dive in to. Too much, even lol

And yeah, Berman. Fuuuuck. What a rockstar. Both were in their own ways.
 

andrew

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Oct 25, 2017
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this is beautiful
Aw that's terrible... I saw him about 8 years ago and it was really sweet and inspiring even though he was in bad shape (lots of involuntary tremors).

Kurt Cobain was wearing a t-shirt with the artwork for one of his tapes when he died.



Here's a beautiful cover of "Some Things Last a Long Time" by Built to Spill.


RIP, Daniel.
wasn't he wearing a half japanese shirt when he died?

that cover is great. Beach House's cover is great...every cover of that song is great. what a song
 
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Oct 27, 2017
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this is beautiful

wasn't he wearing a half japanese shirt when he died?

that cover is great. Beach House's cover is great...every cover of that song is great. what a song
Dude was def. a musical genius, no lie. His pop sensibilities were out of this world. Just on another level of greatness and he churned them out with, seemingly, ease.
 

nachum00

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Oct 26, 2017
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This is horrible. Such an amazing talent and his music really helped me through dark times.
If you're interested at all in his music or him in general please checkout his albums (my personal favorites Don't Be Scared, Hi How Are You?, and Continued Story) and try to watch the fantastic documentary about his life The Devil and Daniel Johnston.
 
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Very sad. For anyone who doesn’t know his music, the double album, “Discovered Covered,” is a pretty excellent gateway into his stuff. One disc is the originals and one disc is covers by a lot of big names in early 2000s indie rock.

And the documentary posted earlier in this thread is very, very good. He was more than a musician, and he’ll be missed by many. Poor Austin, too. Roky and Daniel in the same year.
 

SatoAilDarko

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Oct 25, 2017
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Listening right now to disc 2 of Discovered, Uncovered.

Very sad. For anyone who doesn’t know his music, the double album, “Discovered Covered,” is a pretty excellent gateway into his stuff. One disc is the originals and one disc is covers by a lot of big names in early 2000s indie rock.


Haha, I literally came to recommend this and was beaten by three minutes. I think the second disc of his original songs is a better entry point than a single album as some od those early tapes can be rough recording quality-wise.



Spotify Link
 

Einchy

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Oct 25, 2017
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RIP

A Story of an Artist and True Love Will Find You In The End always break my heart.
 

Unicorn

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Oct 29, 2017
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This hit as hard as Ken Nordine for me.

Luminary and tortured soul. Much of his life with mental illness mirrors much of someone in my family and his death only put their life and death into perspective even more acutely.

Still need to watch the documentary that came out a few years ago. Really enjoyed The Devil and Daniel Johnston when I saw it in an art house theater whenever that came out (2005?) as a fan for nearly 2 decades.

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I also was able to see him live a number of years ago. Initially bought tickets but it was cancelled the day of... then rescheduled... then the venue was packed and when he came on stage someone yelled "We love you Daniel!" and he meekly replied "I doubt it..." The crowd didn't really know how to respond, but we all just tried to shower him with overwhelming support throughout his set.

Chills down our spines the entire time. Pure authenticity throughout his entire life.

This song rends me to tears often.
 
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basic_text

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Oct 27, 2017
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Aw that's terrible... I saw him about 8 years ago and it was really sweet and inspiring even though he was in bad shape (lots of involuntary tremors).

Kurt Cobain was wearing a t-shirt with the artwork for one of his tapes when he died.



Here's a beautiful cover of "Some Things Last a Long Time" by Built to Spill.


RIP, Daniel.
Also, fuck Urban Outfitters for selling this shirt as part of a licensed Kurt Cobain range.

Johnson was a genius and The Devil and Daniel Johnston is a work of art. The dude had such a hard yet interesting life.
 

cdr Jameson

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Oct 27, 2017
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RIP

A true genius.

I remember seeing him live late 90's. He quit after three songs and the promotor lured him back on stage with some sigarettes.
The man had a hard life.

I will be playing the old cassettes I bought from him at that show today.
 
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BLEEN

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Oct 27, 2017
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I had seen him at the bus terminal in Jersey City, NJ back in 2009. I never approached him as I was honestly a bit starstruck lol but as soon as I got home I checked where he was playing in the area. He had just finished his NYC tour that day. I should've taken a pic with him and his guide, in hindsight.
 

LuigiMario

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Oct 28, 2017
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Dude was chewed up by an industry of people pretending to care about him just to make a buck, I feel horrendously awful for him and his family. Was very close to seeing his final tour but it sold out before I had a chance, kind of bummed I missed it now.
 

Mantrox

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Oct 27, 2017
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RIP
The first time i heard him playing "I will do anything but breakdance to you darling" i was transfixed.
He always seemed like a superstar being choked by mental illness.


Very sincere singing, big piano notes and tape warble.
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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This hit hard.

I discovered him just a couple years ago with 'Life in vain' and the song resonated so much with me, that I almost cried. I today I cried listening to it after learning the news.

He was inspiring to me, that even with such hardships he never stopped creating music and art. I should try to track down the documentary.

RIP Daniel

 
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Jul 24, 2019
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An absolutely one of a kind human. I can't think of anyone else who could convey innocence and sadness at the same time as we as him.

Here is a great cover you probably haven't heard before.

 

alexthekid

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Oct 1, 2018
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Wow, I have never heard him before but some of the stuff posted here got me to tears.

This might not be the right time but I would like to recommend another late genius that suffered from mental illness, norwegian st. Thomas.
 

Blah

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Oct 26, 2017
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He was such an amazing, interesting artist who struggled with so many issues. I appreciate the years we did have with him.