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Yohann Koshy , December 4th, 2013 06:57

The rock lensman and writer talks us through a selection of images, including shots of Sun Ra, My Bloody Valentine and George Clinton, from his recently launched website Poison


Daniel Johnston
Daniel Johnston materialised in Austin sometime around 1985, and almost immediately began distributing cassettes of his raw and heartbreaking music. He was a relentless self-promoter — as much Barnum and Bailey as Beatles fan —possibly because he recognised his own considerable talent. One night, I ran into him at our favourite record store, and he said, “Take my picture — I’ll make my face look like the cartoon on the cover of my tape.” Daniel’s later troubles are well-documented. Years later, in New York, I saw him again, and he told me, "Pat, you're living in the darkness. Come into the light!"