Thursday, September 27, 2007
Because I'd exiled myself from current fads and trends in music and pop culture betwixt 1980 and abount 1997, I missed Daniel Johnston. Still, I'd heard some of his songs--particulary "The Story of an Artist," which stuck with me from a documentary I'd seen on PBS quite some time ago. About halfway through this excellent documentary it dawned on me that I'd seen some of his paintings recently at the American Visionary Art Museum. As an afficionado of religious whack-job artwork, I'd been quite pleased by the three or four Johnston canvases in their last exhibition.
This is a good doc. Johnston's story is similar to Syd Barrett's and Brian Wilson's, so it's quite sad.