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Daniel Johnston, eccentric and beloved singer-songwriter, dead at 58

Daniel Johnston, who for many years was a fixture of underground music in America, has died of a coronary heart assault at age 58.

Johnston’s supervisor confirmed the information to The Austin Chronicle on Wednesday. The singer-songwriter, who was born in West Virginia however was thought-about an iconic a part of the Austin, Texas music scene, died Tuesday night.

Daniel Johnston in 1995.
Daniel Johnston in 1995.Getty Pictures

His hottest tune, “True Love Will Find You In the End,” has been coated by Beck and Wilco, amongst many others. Johnston struggled with psychological sicknesses all through his life. He was recognized at numerous factors with schizophrenia and bipolar dysfunction and frolicked in psychiatric establishments.

Johnston emerged as a cult favourite within the the 1980s — partially by passing out home made tapes round city, together with in a McDonald’s — and even appeared on MTV in 1985, however it wasn’t till the early ’90s, when Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain began showing in a t-shirt bearing the quilt of Johnston’s “Hi, How Are You?” album that Johnston’s fame took off.

Nevertheless, it was quick lived, as Johnston was quickly hospitalized for psychological well being. Based on a 2006 documentary, “The Devil and Daniel Johnston,” whereas on a flight piloted his father Invoice, grabbed the important thing from the airplane’s ignition and hurled it out the window. He and his father survived following a crash-landing. However this incident didn’t forestall a bidding conflict by labels as soon as Cobain gave Johnston his stamp of approval.

After in the end signing with Atlantic Information, Johnston was dropped when his music fared poorly commercially.

Curiosity in Johnston was revived by the documentary, which received the Director’s Award at Sundance in 2005, and the publicity allowed Johnston to tour extensively. He loved a late-life rebirth as a renaissance man, releasing a comic book guide, attire collaborations with Supreme and a sport for the iPhone. He launched into a closing tour earlier than retiring from public performances in 2017.


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