Torment Saint review õ 3

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Torment Saint review õ 3 ô 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 Cord buyers who shared the listening experience felt he spoke directly to them from beyond astute damaged lovelorn fighting until he could fight no 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 Schult. This book was terribly written I love Elliott Smith's music and enjoyed probably the wrong sentiment gaining a perspective on the genesis of the music However redundancy and the seemingly forced references made the writing difficult to take seriously

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Z's careful deeply knowledgeable readings and insights as well as on 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 lega. Well another good title for this would be How Not to Write a Biography

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Torment SaintElliott 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 uestionable circumstances of stab wounds to the chest By this time fame had found him and re. PLEASE DO NOT BEND OR PLACE NEAR HEAT A Review of William Todd Schultz’s Torment Saint“There is really no next Elliott Smith”Let me confirm that I am one of those notorious Elliott Smith fans I am destined to be disappointed in any book about Mr Smith simply because nothing short of bringing the man back to life would satisfy me Well Schultz had me on page 11 with the above uote Just as I was about to complain about the Nick Drake Kurt Cobain references because they trivialize a uniue and uniuely brilliant man Schultz affirms that no one can or will come after him And no one came before him He was sui generis Schultz gets thatAnyone attempting to unravel this short cryptic life needs to address three mysteries Was he abused as a child Did he intend to kill himself when in 1997 he jumped off a cliff And finally was his death murder or suicide No one may know the answer to the first uestion until a key person in his childhood—maybe perhaps the whole family—has died Naturally the Smiths and Welches were not interviewed That family has too much to hide Even Elliott’s devoted half sister Ashley Welch who has had the most involvement with the media sets boundaries for her own peace of mind And to be fair it would be cruel to force her to take a side between her father and her brother No one will know the answer to the third uestion as long as the case remains unresolved But Schultz gets one out of three by answering the second uestion in a way that makes sense but will not be very pleasing if that is the word to fans Much of this book is shaped by the negative space of what was left out I wish Schultz had had time to research this book I wanted to know about the “s” jobs Elliott had to work especially the baking and drywall These had to be dispiriting at times but in some of them he seemed to take a certain pride Besides the family Schultz was unable to interview Joanna Bolme by all accounts the love of Elliott’s life or Valerie Deerin whose relationship with Elliott ran concurrently for a while with his relationship with Jennifer Chiba He did interview Jennifer eliciting the premature rage of many but she was a part of Elliott’s life and her words and her presence in the book seem right What is included in the book is freuently amazing It’s the little details that I like the best Tony Lash describes how little opportunity the members of their high school band Stranger than Fiction had to play often cramming in fifteen minutes at a time before SCHOOL band practice James Ewing a Portland roommate says he and Elliott watched Ken Burns’s The Civil War together while both had the flu Leslie Uppinghouse says her pet boxer Anna loved Elliott so much she had to be restrained or at least tired so Elliott could record According to Jennifer the man born Steven Paul Smith would have been named Monday had he been a girl Had they had their own child it would have been Tuesday if a girl and Harmony if a boy The Dallas and Portland chapters are the most rewarding As Elliott’s life became complex and out of control the people he loved but pushed away become reticent The Dallas friends Steve “Pickle” Pickering Kevin Denbow Mark Merritt and Elliott’s first girlfriend Kim— describe an honor student who dearly loved his half siblings “stuck up for his friends” and was far advanced musically than even those who had formal training They rememb