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Daniel Johnston comes to Austin after a stint with a carnival crew and hands out lo-fi tapes of his recordings decorated with his artwork

Becomes a highly followed and highly anticipated musical act attracting a cult following.


Songs of love and soul-searching mirrored his life and struggle with mental illness.


Was featured on MTV’s “Cutting Edge” and at the 1992 Music Awards when Kurt Cobain was wearing Johnston’s artwork and often mentioned him in interviews gaining him national exposure.


In 1993 The Sound Exchange record store commissions Johnston to create a mural of “Jeremiah the Innocent” (Hi How Are you?) on the side of the store from his 1983 album cover. Since then the mural has stood as an iconic Austin figure in local culture and music.

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