LastNight: Daniel Johnston Posesses Bimbos

Daniel Johnston

August 22, 2007

Bimbo’s 365 Club

Better than: Watching the documentary a fifth time.

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It’s 9:00 on a Wednesday night and a sold-out crowd impatiently waits. They cheer. They clap in unison, faster, faster. But Daniel Johnston — noted singer/songwriter and the subject of a Sundance Award-winning documentary — does not appear. “What time is it?” the girl behind me asks. It’s 9:09. “Come on,” she says. “This is nuts. Jesus.” Outside, the unlucky ones are asking people in line if they have extra tickets. It’s already stuffy in the packed venue. They dim the lights. Years pass. The crowd cheers. At 9:17, Johnston …

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