Tributes to Daniel Johnston have been happening far and wide, and in many forms, since the renowned Texas songwriter’s death last month at age 58. But here’s one you might not have seen:
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Austin photographer Todd V. Wolfson posted it to YouTube a couple of days after Johnston’s passing. Using film he shot from a visit to Johnston’s house near Houston in 2015 with longtime Johnston friend David Thornberry, Wolfson offered an intriguing glimpse into the artist’s workspace.
We see a display of Johnston’s cassettes, a Johnston-illustrated poster for the 2008 Austin City Limits Music Festival, shelves full of records and videos and other artifacts, hand-decorated sneakers and more. The footage, which also briefly shows Johnston’s late father, initially is set to Johnston’s music. Midway through, there’s a brief conversation between Johnston and Wolfson, then a stretch where they listen to one of his vinyl records spinning on a turntable.
A shorter companion video that Wolfson posted a few days later includes Johnston giving a brief tour of the house and sitting down briefly at his piano.
Saturday at Cheer Up Charlie’s, a handful of local acts will take part in a Johnston tribute night benefiting the SIMS Foundation. The show starts at 10 p.m. and will feature Moving Panoramas, whose set at an Oct. 10 Mohawk tribute night was cut short, as well as Pelvis Wrestley, Harry & Emily, Tim O’Brien, Jared Leibowitz.