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The Life, Art, & Music of Daniel Johnston

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The 2006 edition of Don Goede's biographical book on Daniel Johnston is updated from the 1999 book "Hi How Are You - The Definitive Handbook of Daniel Johnston".

Published by Last Gasp Press, the book now has 225 pages with updated biography (a lot has happened since the 1999 book was published), updated discography, oodles more photographs, lyrics,and art.

In this illustrated biography of Daniel Johnston, his life and art are chronicled through extremely rare photos from his early childhood through all stages of his career, along with his own artwork, interviews with the people in his life, and an up to date discography.

When not institutionalized, Daniel Johnston has spent most of the last 25 years exposing his heartrending tales of unrequited love, cosmic mishaps, and existential torment to an ever-growing international cult audience. Initiates, including a healthy number of discerning musicians and critics, have hailed him as an American original in the style of bluesman Robert Johnson and country legend Hank Williams. A number of artists -- among them the Dead Milkmen, Yo La Tengo, the Velvet Undergroundís songs. And he as collaborated with the likes of Jad Fair (a founding member of Half Japanese, whoíve also done Danielís songs), the Butthole Surfers, Bongwater/Shimmydisc guru Kramer, and members of Sonic Youth. Daniel gained his widest public exposure to date when, at the 1992 MTV Music Awards, Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain (who constantly touted Daniel in interviews) wore a Johnston T-shirt.

In 2006, Daniel's art was featured in the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial with more than a dozen of Mr. Johnstonís recent hallucinatory pen and Magic Marker drawings on view. (excerpts from The New York Times)

About the Authors

Don Goede lives in Colorado. He conceived the original Hi How Are You? Handbook in 1999. He has since spent several years taveling on tour with Daniel Johnston all over the world.

Tarssa Yazdani is a writer and editor who focuses on art, music, and popular culture. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, artist Ron English, and their two children.


The best BIOGRAPHICAL resource available on Daniel Johnston's life, music, and art.

Paperback: 225 pages
Publisher: Last Gasp; 2nd edition (November 15, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 086719667X
ISBN-13: 978-0867196672
Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds