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Daniel Johnston

Johnston in December 2006
Background information
Birth name Daniel Dale Johnston
Born (1961-01-22) January 22, 1961 (age 55)
Sacramento, California, United States
Origin West Virginia, United States and Austin, Texas
Genres

Rock
folk
avant-pop[1]
outsider[2]
lo-fi[3]

Occupation(s)

Musician
singer-songwriter
visual artist

Instruments

Vocals
piano
chord organ
guitar
drums

Years active 1978–present
Labels

Yip Eye Music
Atlantic

Website hihowareyou.com

I like to tour, but I prefer to tour in the United States. If I go overseas, I tend to get into trouble.
Daniel Johnston
I've got something to live for, because I always wanted to be an artist; I always wanted to be famous.
Daniel Johnston
Most of the worst things said about me, I've said myself.
I wish I had never got manic depression. When I was in junior high, I didn't know what was the matter with me. It was as if I'd died or something. Now that I go to a clinic and get the right kind of medicine, I am not as depressed as I used to be.
Daniel Johnston
When I was a kid, I always thought that I'd be a comic book artist. It took a long time to start thinking that I could be a musician.
Daniel Johnston
For the longest time I was afraid I'd have to keep on working at the factories. There was a steel mill and a pottery; if you didn't go to college, you went to work in those places.
Daniel Johnston