Johnston's 'Rejected' Album Finally Available

"Rejected Unknown," a long completed but never properly released studio album by beloved singer/songwriter Daniel Johnston, is finally being made widely available. According to a spokesperson for the

"Rejected Unknown," a long completed but never properly released studio album by beloved singer/songwriter Daniel Johnston, is finally being made widely available. According to a spokesperson for the artist, the album was originally intended for release on the Tim/Kerr label, and later put out on a limited basis in the Austin, Texas, area via Which? Records. It is now available via Johnston's official Web site, and on Oct. 9 will be the inaugural release for Gammon Records.

Johnston's battle with chronic mental illness has not stopped him from establishing himself as a respected artist with more than a dozen albums to his credit. "Rejected Unknown" is his first studio album since 1994's "Fun," his sole release for Atlantic.

An animated video created from Johnston's cartoon artwork, which has been displayed in galleries worldwide and is the basis of the album's packaging, is included on enhanced CD versions of "Rejected Unknown." The clip can also be found online at Monkeysandrobots.com.

In late 1999, Soft Skull Press published the Johnston biography "Hi, How Are You," which is the name of a famous mural Johnston painted in Austin, as well as his Web site address. A documentary film on his life, directed by Jeff Feuerzeig (who documented underground favorites Half Japanese in his film "The Band That Would Be King"), is planned.

Johnston recently concluded a series of live performances, including two in Los Angeles, and more than a week's worth in Johannesburg, South Africa. Those shows happened around the shooting of a movie about the life of South African boxer Ezekiel "King Kong" Dlamani, in which Johnston's song "King Kong" will be used. His next scheduled appearance comes Sept. 2 as part of Seattle's annual Bumbershoot Festival.