Friday, May 4, 2018

Smokebrush to present Daniel Johnston documentary screening and Q&A

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2018 at 4:32 PM

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While it may or may not be true that Metallica was controlled by Satan, that possibility was just one of many obsessions that plagued Daniel Johnston, the bipolar singer-songwriter and artist whose praises have been sung by the likes of Kurt Cobain and Jeff Tweedy.

Johnston’s psychological instability and its relationship to his art are the focus of the 2005 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston, which will be screened at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the Red Crags Art and Agriculture House (302 El Paso Boulevard in Manitou). The event, which is being presented by the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts, will be followed by a question-and-answer session with “former advocates and friends of Daniel” Don Goede and Jeff Tartakov.

Goede, an influential figure on the Colorado Springs arts scene, was a cofounder of Soft Skull Press, Johnston’s former tour manager and, under the pseudonym Jack Medicine, his collaborator on the 2006 album The Electric Ghosts. Tarkatov, meanwhile, released Johnston’s early lo-fi cassette recordings on his Austin-based Stress Records.

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