April 2, 2006 |
THE devil has a thousand faces. Alongside hair-raising renditions by Renaissance painters stand the reasonable, even cordial Prince of Darkness of Jean-Paul Sartre's existential play "No Exit" and the aloof yet magnetic personage of Mark Twain's short story "The Mysterious Stranger"-- an angel named Satan who takes great pleasure in deriding man and his self-set standards of good and evil. The new documentary "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" adds another visage to the roster.
May 6, 2006 |
In the 26 years since Daniel Johnston gave away his first homemade music cassette, the Texas-based artist has been embraced and alienated by famous musicians, signed and dropped by a major label, in and out of mental institutions, on and off meds, arrested and on life support. Known as much for his battles with manic depression as for his prolific, stripped-to-the-soul songwriting and artwork, he has endured more -- and more severe -- ups and downs than is fair for a lifetime.
April 5, 2006
"The Devil and Daniel Johnston": An article in Sunday's Calendar section about documentary filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig said the hometown of film subject Daniel Johnston was Wallard, Texas. Johnston is from Waller, Texas.
February 13, 1995 |
Bob Dylan has Joan Baez and Judy Collins. Leonard Cohen has Jennifer Warnes. And now Daniel Johnston--an Austin singer-songwriter cult hero--has in Kathy McCarty someone to bring his music to people who might find his own idiosyncratic performances not to their taste. But Dylan's and Cohen's interpreters tend to smooth out the artists' distinctive characteristics.
November 1, 2001
Backstreet Boys, "The Hits--Chapter One," Jive Records Destiny's Child, "8 Days of Christmas," Music World Music/Columbia Records Dope, "Life," Epic Jermaine Dupri, "Instructions," So So Def/Columbia Eagle Eye Cherry, "Present Future," MCA Jad Fair & Daniel Johnston, "The Lucky Sperms," Jagjaguwar Michael Jackson, "Invincible," Epic Kittie, "Oracle," Artemis Lenny Kravitz, "Lenny," Virgin Erick Sermon, "Music," J Records Barbra Streisand, "Christmas Memories," Columbia Tomahawk, "Tomahawk,"