Tributes Pour In for the Late Daniel Johnston

Beck, Mountain Goats, Judd Apatow, M. Ward, Cadence Weapon and more have paid their respects

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Sep 11, 2019

The music world was rocked today by the sad news that indie legend Daniel Johnston has died. The cult Austin songwriter/artist passed away last night (September 10) following a heart attack, and as could be expected, tributes are now pouring in for the late Johnston.

Down below, you can see a selection of tributes from the likes of Beck, the Mountain Goats, Judd Apatow, M. Ward, Cadence Weapon, Jim Guthrie and a variety of figures from across the music industry.

Exclaim! covered Johnston heavily throughout his career, reviewing albums like The Story of an Artist (2010) and Rejected Unknown (2001), as well as reviewing his many Canadian concerts, such as his 2007 Montreal show with Michael Gira and his 2009 Calgary concert with Eamon McGrath.

We also had Johnston take the Exclaim! Questionnaire in 2006. When asked what everyone should shut up about, he told us the following: "I think there'’s too much evil. They should just shut up and pretend to be good, or something like that, you know? You can’t be evil without it leading to death, I think."

Read the full Questionnaire piece here and see a collection of tributes below.  

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