|This is a photo
of a 13 CD set containing covers, live performances, radio appearances, and
rare cuts from obscure compilations collected from around the world.
It was compiled at significant expense by a couple in Scotland with Daniel's
Because of the expense incurred, a limited
number of copies was published and made available for sale - again with the
express permission of Daniel Johnston - in return for a copy and in exchange
for a piece of art.
However, the public outcry from fans at the
"apparent" commercialization of Daniel's work halted that effort and they
withdrew from any further sales.
It is nice to know that there is such support and defense of Daniel from all
around the world, and that there are MANY who would jump through flaming
hoops to stop abuse of Daniel's work. However, be assured that this
was not an abuse, but a favor to Daniel.
The 13 CD set (soon to become 14 CDs) was
done with much care and expense, designing and printing each CD and case
with art off the web. If some of that art happens to be art in
your collection, our apologies for the "apparent" exploitation - but again,
it was not really a money making undertaking, and the limited sales was to
recoup costs at Daniel's permission.
For the record, Daniel is not opposed to
the TRADING of bootleg material among fans (as opposed to PUBLISHED material
that defies copyright laws and impacts sales). The bootleg
material available is immense, as we've discovered.