DANIEL JOHNSTON IS NOT A GENIUS
…so, finally got to see the Daniel Johnston documentary…and I have to say I have never seen such a complete (and exhaustingly overly-long) case study of mass hypnosis. I know this is heresy, all the more incongruous coming from a confirmed Shaggs & Henry Darger worshiper…but The Imp-eror Has No Clothes.
This poor guy – obviously F.U.B.A.R. & exploited by his ‘handlers’ & a rock crowd that confuses newgeniusdeathwish with art & psychosis - is nothing more than a hipster version of Anna Nicole Smith leechdom.
This poor guy – with his bent parents, well-meaning but altmusicindustry vampires - all of whom get sucked into DJ’s megalomaniacal maelstrom of self-promotion, artcon & self-destruction.
This poor guy – is not a pretty sight. It is not genius to ineptly bang on an out-of-tune guitar and squeaksing one’s anguish in public. It is psychotic to do this while also having one’s Dead Dog’s Eye on ‘the main chance’. It is not fun to see the crazy guy do The Crazy Guy Spazz Dance. It is amazing that there is so much footage on him (ALL of which seems to have been shoe-horned into this doc), from the crib to the present. It is horrible to see pals of mine at Pier Platters witnessing & enjoying a guy’s meltdown. It reminds me of the ghoulish phenomenon of folks going to see an on-his-last-legs Johnny Thunders gig…not wanting to miss the chance of being there should he finally overdose & check out onstage.
Yes, some of the songs are good. And some of DJ’s art has merit and power, but it is the meritpower of a 12-year-old drawing a nice horsey. I am fortunate to know some REAL musical geniuses (R. Stevie Moore, Patrick Sweany) who do their work on a daily basis, but aren’t nutz enough to get this kind of sicko adulation.
Shame on you, human race.
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Cleveland, OH 44102
presents SILLY PUTTY = an art installation/mini-golf course. There thru March 4th.
DOUBLE DUTCH WILL TAKE YOU HIGHER
jump rope meets performance art/8pm/Sat Feb. 24th:
2220 Superior Via
Cleveland, OH 44113
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