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15 Fabulous Truths About Jack Johnson

1. Johnson is known primarily for his work in the soft rock and acoustic genres.

2. In 2001, he achieved commercial success after the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales.

3. Johnson has hit the Billboard 200 #1 chart for the albums: Curious George in 2006, Sleep Through The Static in 2008, To the Sea in 2010, and From Here to Now to You in 2013 – 2014.

4. Johnson is active in the ecology and sustainability movement, often with an ocean-centric focus.

5. Johnson and wife Kim created the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation and the Kōkua Hawaii Foundation. In 2008 Johnson adopted the concept of greening , and donated 100% of the proceeds of the Sleep Through the Static tour to the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation.

6. Similarly, the proceeds from the 2010 To The Sea album tour went to All At Once, a Johnson backed collaborative of greening charities promoting fan involvement.

7. Jack began to learn how to surf at the age of 5.

8. One week later, however, his stint as a professional surfer ended when he suffered a surfing accident at the Pipeline that put more than 150 stitches in his forehead and removed a few of his teeth; this later became the inspiration for the song “Drink the Water”.

9. He would later attend the University of California, Santa Barbara, and graduated in 1997

10. Johnson credits his songwriting influences as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead, Otis Redding, G. Love and Special Sauce, Ben Harper, Sublime, The Beatles, Bob Marley, Neil Young, and A Tribe Called Quest.

11. The song would later become the most famous single of the album.

12. In addition to his later success as a musician, Johnson is also an accomplished filmmaker.

13. Johnson directed the surf films Thicker Than Water , in which he also starred.

14. Johnson went back into the studio with Adam Topol , who played on Brushfire Fairytales, and Mario Caldato Jr on production duties, to record his second full-length album On and On.

15. The Moonshine Conspiracy Records was later changed to Brushfire Records; Johnson turned the offices and studios of his Los-Angeles based record company into a model of eco-friendliness, with solar power, recyclable CD packaging, and energy-saving air conditioners.

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