The Life of Elliott SmithBook - 2013
Drawing from extensive interviews with close friends, lovers, bandmates, music peers, managers, producers, and others, a biography of the gifted songwriter and music icon unravels the mysteries of his life and his untimely death.
Elliott Smith was one of the most gifted songwriters of the '90s, adored by fans for his subtly melancholic words and melodies. The sadness had its sources in the life. There was trauma from an early age, years of drug abuse, and a chronic sense of disconnection that sometimes seemed self-engineered. Smith died violently in LA in 2003, under what some believe to be questionable circumstances, of stab wounds to the chest. By this time fame had found him, and record-buyers who shared the listening experience felt he spoke directly to them from beyond: astute, damaged, lovelorn, fighting, until he could fight no more. And yet, although his intimate lyrics carried the weight of truth, Smith remained unknowable. In Torment Saint, William Todd Schultz gives us the first proper biography of the rock star, a decade after his death, imbued with affection, authority, sensitivity, and long-awaited clarity.
Torment Saint draws on Schultz's careful, deeply knowledgeable readings and insights, as well as on more than 150 hours of interviews with close friends from Texas to Los Angeles, lovers, bandmates, music peers, managers, label owners, and recording engineers and producers. This book unravels the remaining mysteries of Smith's life and his shocking, too early end. It will be, for Smith's legions of fans and readers still discovering his songbook, an indispensable examination of his life and legacy.
A revealing biography of a music icon—written with unprecedented access—published on the tenth anniversary of his tragic, untimely death.
Schultz offers this biography of singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, with an introduction drawing parallels and cultural connections to Kurt Cobain and Nick Drake and a chapter discussing the uneasiness and depression that characterized Smith's life and musical career. Chapter two starts at the beginning with Smith's childhood, presenting facts interpreted through the lens of his later songwriting and commentary. The book moves through his high school years in Portland and college at Hampshire, his merge into the Portland music scene, increasing fame and resultant disillusionment, his continual mental health struggles, meeting his last girlfriend Jennifer Chiba, and finally his death and aftermath. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Drawing from extensive interviews with close friends, lovers, bandmates, music peers, managers, producers and many others, this provocative biography of the gifted songwriter and music icon unravels the mysteries of his life and his shocking, untimely death.