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NEWSLETTER

February 2003

SOMETHING’S GOT A HOLD OF ME
If you’ve seen a live performance by Daniel Johnston, you’ve experienced the hypnotizing karma that is abject confusion, panic, pain, grief, and honesty.   It’s what connects with us, because - face it - he can’t keep time or sing in tune.  There was the Knitting Factory fiasco where he cut short his performance because he had misplaced the ragged spiral bound notebook of lyrics.   Or when sick with laryngitis and breaking one string after another he laid his guitar down only to mesmerize the audience with a compensating acapello musical oracle. 

Daniel has written hundreds of songs and recorded them in garages, acoustically-challenged basements, crowded bars and street corners.  There is a lot of material out there - filling up over twenty albums, and a long list of singles, compilations, and sound tracks.   And we’d like to hear it all. 

To that end, we are mounting an effort to build as “complete” a DISCOGRAPHY as possible of Daniel Johnston recordings – the good and the bad and especially the compelling. 

Over the next few months, we intend to share our findings with you with information about rare and unusual recordings.  We will include sound clips, radio appearances and video.  Our currently disjointed DISCOGRAPHY will be updated with our findings, with a goal of being the most comprehensive listing of Daniel Johnston works anywhere.  What you see should surprise you 

So everyone benefits, we need YOU to participate in this by submitting your knowledge of performances, appearances, covers, and published works.  We hope to surprise you with what we’ve found, and we’re asking that you surprise us!   Write us with your Daniel Johnston discography trivia at

UNPACK YOUR ADJECTIVES
What is great about Daniel’s music and indie music in general may be difficult to describe.  But we’ve collected comments from fans and industry sources that try to do that, and we will be sharing that with you as well on the web site.   Please share reviews and articles you find with us at  

HAPPY TIMES
These are important times for Daniel Johnston, for as much as we admire and appreciate his music, he is often unable to make a living from his talent, subject to varying states of mind and health.   There was a point in his career when those around him though his mental illness was the source of his genius.  That notion has been dismissed and his creativity is as active as ever. 

While things are going well for Daniel, you can help by getting the word out to friends about Daniel’s talents and road trips.  A lot of people believe in the value of Daniel’s work, but a lot more have still never heard of him.

SORRY ENTERTAINER (JAPAN)
Daniel Johnston will be in Japan February 19th through the 23rd, traveling with his father and manager, Bill Johnston, and Gammon Records tycoon Jordy Trachtenberg and his wife Amy.  They will perform Thursday at the Bridge in Osaka, Friday at Taku Taku in Kyoto, and ending Saturday at the famous El Quattro in Tokyo.   Details can be found at Oops Music Community or Blues Interactions.

FRUSTRATED ARTIST
Daniel’s art - from pencil scribbles on typing paper to acrylic canvas - continues to gain attention with typically two or three art shows each year.  His drawing is the source of personal spending money, and in fact rejectedunknown.com was set up at Daniel’s request to sell art for him.  Last month his father signed a release permitting his art to be used in college-level art text books.

There are great finds out there!  The original art used on the cover of the Rejected Unknown album was sold to a Richland, WA buyer for $73 from the www.hihowaryou.com web site!  

FEAR YOURSELF
Promotional copies of Daniels latest album are circulating in e-bay already!  Most of us will have to wait for the March 25th release, but many major retailers (web sites) allow advance purchases.  

A new Daniel Johnston web site opened this month (www.fearyourself.com) featuring Daniel Johnston’s latest album “Fear Yourself”.  It offers links to album reviews and interviews, track listings, and lyrics.  We’ve been promised that sound clips from that album will be posted to that site this month so check back.

BIG BUSINESS MONKEY
We are submitting to the forces of the commercial establishment, and groveling for cash to keep RejectedUnknown alive.   So in that spirit, check out the new T-Shirts and commercialized trash now available under the MERCHANDISE option of the RejectedUnknown.com store.  Sales benefit the web site.

 Okay, we’re really stooping now.   Effective February 17 – February 28, CafeShops is offering a $5 discount on orders of $40 or more – They sell merchandise with Daniel Johnston art on them and profits benefit the site.   Click the “MERCHANDISE” option under STORE. 

SONGS OF PAIN AND MORE SONGS OF PAIN
The 1983 “Early Recordings” from Songs of Pain and More Songs of Pain  will be published by “For Us” Records in March, but not generally available until May.   Some sites are offering early purchase of this album as well.

AND I WONDER
If you can’t find specific recordings from Daniel Johnston’s collection, contact us when you get stuck, and we may be able to point you in the right direction.

CALL ME
Do you want to contact Daniel?   In his eccentric and “sheltered” life with his parents in Waller, Texas, Daniel does not have access to a computer or the internet, but email sent to Daniel () is forwarded to him weekly, as well as member listings and guestbook entries.   If you want to write to Daniel directly, his mailing address is P.O. Box 583, Waller, Texas 77484.

REJECTED UNKNOWN
This site is a not-for-profit endeavor, and proceeds from the sale of art and merchandise help cover web costs.   You can help by buying all your Daniel Johnston albums on-line from links at this site.   This does not increase the price of your purchase.

Content of rejectedunknown.com and this newsletter originates with rejectedunknown.com, who remains utterly and sadly responsible for the whole thing.

RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER
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Polka Dot Rag
The What Of Whom

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Lost And Found

Speeding Motorcycle
Live with Smutfish in The Netherlands

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Honey I Sure Miss You
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Dead Dog Laughing In The Cloud
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