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Daniel Johnston releases 35th anniversary vinyl edition of 'Hi How Are You'


Daniel Johnston’s ‘Hi How Are You’ and ‘Yip/Jump Music’ are getting a special 35th Anniversary vinyl edition release.

Originally released on cassette, this anniversary release marks the first time these much-loved albums are available in the joint vinyl format. The special x3 disc double-album collection is available to order now.

To coincide with the release, details have today been announced for the second annual ‘Hi How Are You Day’, to take place on 22nd January 2019. Inspired by the musician and artist Daniel Johnston who has openly struggled with mental health issues for much of his life, and named after Johnston’s acclaimed 1983 album ‘Hi How Are You’, the event is a day of live music performances designed to raise awareness and encourage open conversation around mental health.

‘Hi How Are You Day’ is an annual event organised by the Hi How Are You Project which was founded by Courtney Blanton and Tom Gimbel (GM of Austin City Limits Festival). Expanding on the success of the project’s inaugural event in January 2018, 2019’s edition will happen on a global scale – in Austin, TX, The Flaming Lips, Black Angels, Built To Spill, and more will unite to play a special show that will be broadcast online. Similar events are also planned in Auckland, NZ and Limerick, IRE, with lineups to be announced.

‘Hi How Are You Day’ is built on inclusivity and collaboration so and to honour this approach, musicians and fans from around the world who are unable to attend any of the organised events are invited to take part by recording a performance or message of support from a home or studio set up. In keeping with Johnston’s own sonic aesthetic, these performances can simply be acoustic and lo-fi, there’s no requirement for a professional camera or audio work. Fans are invited to submit these recordings to the official event website.

For anybody who might be struggling to deal with mental health issues, here are some helpline numbers for you to talk to: 


Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)


Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)


No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.

Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am-10pm)


Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)