Posted in music on January 20, 2011

Daniel Johnston

The brilliant, controversial, legendary and much-covered 'outsider' folk musician (and visual artist) Daniel Johnston is turning 50 years old on January 22nd, and those closest to him are helping him celebrate with the launch of new projects including a call-in number where anyone can leave Daniel a 'Happy Birthday' message.

Call (936) 463-4688 now to hear a message from Daniel and to record your greeting. People are encouraged to "tell a story, sing Daniel a song, cover one of his songs, or anything else that lets Daniel, and his fans, know how much he means to you and to the world of music. Throw on a party hat if you got one, and leave any message you want. Any length you want. Anything goes."

Daniel will get all the messages, and most of them will air along with special musician guest messages, on a 50th birthday show happening on the new Daniel Johnston Radio (Radio.hihowareyou.com) on January 22nd at 8pm CT. The live birthday show will also include Daniel's music and stories from the man himself.

In addition to the birthday hotline and radio station, Daniel is also about to release his first-ever comic book. "Through Kickstarter.com, Daniel will raise money to publish a limited run of the comic book he's always wanted to make, titled Daniel Johnston's Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness. The comic will also exist online complete with music and interactive elements which will take Daniel's vision to a whole new dimension." Stay tuned for the direct Kickstarter link UPDATE: It is live.

Besides a 2pm on 1/22 birthday appearance at the famous "Hi, How Are You?" wall in Austin (which you'll hear about if you call the number), Daniel has no upcoming live shows announced, but he did just play a 50th birthday celebration at Fitzgerald's in Houston, Texas on 1/14. Videos from that show ("Happy Birthday" included) are below...

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Happy Birthday, Daniel Johnston - 1/14/11 in Houston

Daniel Johnston - Speeding Motorcycle - 1/14/11 in Houston

Daniel Johnston's 50th Birthday Bash - 1/14/11 in Houston

Daniel Johnston - True love will find you in the end - 1/14/11 in Houston

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Comments (40)

call him and find out if his opinion on the jews has changed at all in the last couple of years.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 1:55 PM

it hasnt...daniel johnston can suck this jews balls. happy birthday dumbass. you lost half your fans cause you love hitler. you pissed off Jewish people who worked for you in the past and who supported you. nice move,racist retard

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 1:58 PM

oh boy, here we go

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 2:03 PM

call that number and tell him now that he's 50 its time to apologize to the jews

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 2:14 PM

does this debate really have to be dredged up again?

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 2:14 PM

The best birthday gift I ever received was 4 cans of chickpeas.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 2:18 PM

"The best birthday gift I ever received was 4 cans of chickpeas."

Yeah, well I got FIVE cans, so F off loser!

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 2:33 PM

Zola JeZus, here we go again...

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 2:37 PM

He is probably hanging out with fellow racist Lauryn Hill and Eryka Badu...happy birthday asshole!

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 2:37 PM

looks at least 65. loser.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 2:42 PM

like father like son

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 2:47 PM

Badu > DJ

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 2:58 PM

Yea... But you didn't get a can opener, so you were assed out kid!
Who's the loser now?!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 3:21 PM

"call him and find out if his opinion on the jews has changed at all in the last couple of years."

If Daniel Johnston isn't the greatest argument for anti-Semites being retarded, I don't know what is.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | January 20, 2011 3:38 PM

The year is 2011. Retardation is not the preferred term. And it is different than schizophrenia. Cretins...

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 3:45 PM

Try to keep it civil. This used to be something I wouldn't mind my kids looking over my shoulder to see.

Posted by Solar PA | January 20, 2011 3:52 PM

Hey SolarPA, I take your point; but, that's not anyone's problem but yours. Good luck trying to control an open forum devoted to ROCK MUSIC.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 4:09 PM

"The year is 2011. Retardation is not the preferred term. And it is different than schizophrenia. Cretins..."

Look, dummy...wait, I can't use that term, it might upset the mannequin lobby.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | January 20, 2011 4:10 PM

This man isn't even 50 yet?!?! He looks like he should be friends with Dick Clark.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 4:14 PM

dude needs to go on a hummus diet and lose 200 lbs.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 4:21 PM

Jesus H, do you guys think Bowie's a Nazi, too?

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 4:21 PM

Yes, and I've had my eye on those young upstarts "Joy Division" for a while now, too.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | January 20, 2011 4:43 PM

Jews listen to Daniel Johnston?

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 5:35 PM

I'm a Jew for Johnston.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 6:10 PM

He told one joke and you heeb idiots need to bring it up again and again. Daniel Johnston is not a racist.... His fans, however.... Is it legal to saw the horns off of the jew heads? I like to keep them as trophies. Like shellacked knishes.

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 7:22 PM

well i just farted

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 8:35 PM

Happy Birthday Daniel! I have always enjoyed your music. All the way back to when you were giving away cassette tapes in Texas. I was only about 8 years old, but I remember those tapes and still have a couple around here somewhere.

Keep fighting the good fight.

The world needs you.

It is one giant

Devil Town.

I. M. Strange

Posted by I. M. Strange | January 20, 2011 11:21 PM

He is probably hanging out with fellow racist Lauryn Hill and Eryka Badu...happy birthday asshole!

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 2:37 PM

What did they criticize that they are not suppose to? You cry wolf like W. Bush and his myopic thinking.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 12:47 AM

^ Wake up asshole. Badu talks about Palestine which doesn't exist and made several other anti-semitic statement, Hill made the riduclous statement about not wanting whites to listen to her music and Johnson pokes fun of the Holocaust. Do I need to go on. Keep supporting these assholes and human kind goes back decades.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 8:10 AM

^ I agree. I wouldn't spend one cent on these jerks!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 8:26 AM

The problem really isn't that Badu, Hill and Johnston are racist. The problem is their music sucks!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 8:33 AM

^ I don't think anyone can argue that!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 8:49 AM

More like idiots post on BV and human kind goes back decades.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 8:57 AM

^ Then we must be in the stone age by now!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 9:19 AM

Wake up asshole. Badu talks about Palestine which doesn't exist.


There was numerous building structures such as hospitals and government buildings taken 60 years ago, and thousands of college professors from around the world would show you factually otherwise. The British mandates helped to take it away from them.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2011 4:59 PM

Does anyone have an mp3 of the 50th birthday radio show? I missed it.

Posted by Joe | January 23, 2011 1:46 PM

4:59 show me where Palestine is on a map from 2011. Thus it does not exist

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2011 2:38 PM

""call him and find out if his opinion on the jews has changed at all in the last couple of years."

If Daniel Johnston isn't the greatest argument for anti-Semites being retarded, I don't know what is."

If Daniel Johnston isn't the worst argument for philo-Semites being smart, I don't know what is.

Posted by grotesque | February 1, 2011 10:14 AM

Uh... I meant if THIS POST isnt the worst argument etc...
(copy paste error)

Posted by grotesque | February 1, 2011 1:49 PM

Happy Belated Birthday to a kind, loving, talented soul whose music sings directingly to mein hearts. Keep it coming, Love!

Posted by Madame Gonzaga | February 27, 2011 3:08 PM

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