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Go see Daniel Johnston

6 June 2008

If you’re in London on July 25th and you’re interested in seeing a heartfelt, raw, outsider musical performance then you should go watch Daniel Johnston perform at the indigO2 (although being “supported & backed by Sparklehorse, Scout Niblett, James McNew of Yo La Tengo, Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub & Jad Fair of Half Japanese” means he’s losing the “outsider” label, I think). Expect: the absolute trumping of style by honest emotion.

I saw Johnston perform at the Union Chapel last summer and it was one of the most moving things I’ve ever seen. Others agreed with me – see the comments on that post, plus the review linked here. I’ve subsequently acquired Johnston’s entire recorded output, all 30+ albums of it. I’d be going to this for sure if I wasn’t going to be in Paris seeing Tom Waits.

More info on Daniel Johnston here and here.

Photo from Swansea Photographer under Creative Commons license

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