It was a Sanyo
. =) A mono
boombox on which he made recordings and gave
them to fans, even while local record companies were selling them. Daniel Johnston
has inspired many, many people, including Beck
, Sonic Youth
, and many others.
Daniel was diagnosed as being manic depressive in 1974, at the age of 13. He suffered from a breakdown some time in the late 80's after he was given some acid and flipped out, and since then he has been in and out of mental institutions. In my opinion, he's one of the greatest things since sliced kitten. =)
You can visit his official site at www.hihowareyou.com.