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Re: Music of the mad.
Aug 17, 2011, 12:46
I'd add Robert Calvert to the list; a sufferer from mental illness whose creativity and imagination was nonetheless towering.

Was at the Wilderness Festival this weekend and got to see Daniel Johnston. I have to say that, as he shambled on stage and had to grab some gaffa tape to stop the pages of his songbook blowing in the wind, then asked what country he was in, it was quite sad. That said, his singing was in tune much more than in any other live recording I've heard, and he was obviously enjoying himself when playing with a full band. He was being heavily mindered by someone though (his brother/manager?). Nonetheless, his playing and sales of his music and art fund the care that he needs - I think he now lives semi-independently, having lived with his very elderly parents long after they were reasonably able to take care of him.
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