An outsider musican is a musician who is a social outcast or does not fit the norm. They are usually reclusive, anti-social, and sometimes cynically insane. They usually do not follow mainstream music rules and their lyrics are very emotional and sometimes strange. Some people enjoy and connect with the candidness of their lyrics while many people feel uncomfortable. Outsider musicians usually become well-known through word of mouth.
Some examples of popular outsider musicians are: Daniel Johnston, Syd Barrett, Larry "Wild Man" Fischer, and The Shaggs. (just to name a few)
by Jim Nearhoof July 27, 2006