Laura Marling is currently touring the country supporting Daniel Johnston. Unfortunately when she plays Ikon Gallery (sold out) on November 10th he will not be on the same bill. However, he will be joining us in Birmingham in film- form with a screening of The Devil & Daniel Johnston on Sunday November 8th at the Victoria presented by Let’s Go Swimming.
Daniel Johnston is a manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist. The Devil & Daniel Johnston is a brilliant portrait of a genius who nearly slipped away.
After running away from his fundamental Christian family and joining a carnival, Johnston began to hone his musical career, recording folk songs on a series of homemade, lo-fi cassettes, which he handed out free to fans, friends and journalists in the early 80s. With the help of a timely break and the thriving Austin music scene, he managed to secure a brief spotlight on MTV making him a minor celebrity. But just as he was beginning to make a name for himself, his inner demons began to surface and his ongoing struggle with manic depression became more and more evident in his songs and drawings.
It is a fascinating documentary which merges current footage, vintage performances home movies and interviews with friends and family.
Now in his 40s, Daniel Johnston is a prolific cult visual artist. He has worldwide recognition and critical praise, producing international exhibits where he continues to sell his vibrant and intimate sketches. He has recorded over ten full length albums, and his supporters have included Kurt Cobain, who was often seen wearing a ‘Hi, How are You’ t-shirt, Matt Groening, The Butthole Suffers, Sonic Youth, David Bowie, Tom Waits, Beck and The Flaming Lips.
The screening starts at 5.30. Entry is free.