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Daniel Johnston

"Daniel Dale Johnston" (b. January 22, 1961 in Sacramento, California) is a prolific American singer, songwriter and artist. Johnston, who suffers from bipolar disorder and often writes surreal songs about his hallucinations and mood swings, has been classified as an outsider musician. He currently lives in Waller, Texas.

His songs are typically painfully direct, and often display a disturbing blend of childlike naïvete with darker, "spooky" themes. Johnston's singing voice is rather high-pitched, and his performances often seem faltering or uncertain; one critic writes that Johnston's recordings range from "spotty to brilliant."

He also draws and paints, and his illustrations have been featured with most of his albums.


Johnston was born in Sacramento, California and grew up in rural West Virginia.

In the late 1970s, Johnston began recording his songs on a $59 Sanyo monaural Boombox, singing and playing either guitar, piano or harmonica. He gave tapes of his music to anyone who would take them. Johnston created the...

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