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Troubled Musician Finds His Voice, Battles Devil
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Troubled Musician Finds His Voice, Battles Devil

Troubled Musician Finds His Voice, Battles Devil

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Set List

  • "Casper the Friendly Ghost"
  • "Speeding Motorcycle" (with Yo La Tengo)

The Devil and Daniel Johnston is a documentary on a manic-depressive musician and artist who started out by releasing his own homemade cassettes in the early '80s.

Daniel Johnston

Known for his very emotionally direct music, Johnston performed solo backed by guitar or piano. He became a local hero in Austin's music scene, and got wider buzz for his music when he managed to work his way in to an MTV special being filmed in Austin in 1985.

Johnston continually struggled with his mental illness while his fame grew, at times requiring him to be hospitalized.

Eventually, a number of influential alternative bands would cover Johnston's work or work with him directly: Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Yo La Tengo, and Half Japanese. Now Johnston has an album, the The Electric Ghosts, which was released March 28.

Director Jeff Feuerzeig talks about the documentary and its subject.

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