Elliott Smith was one of the most gifted songwriters of the ’90s—Miss Misery, on the soundtrack of Good Will Hunting, was nominated for an Oscar in 1998—and was adored by fans for his subtly melancholic words and melodies. The sadness had its sources in life: trauma from an early age, years of drug abuse, and a chronic sense of disconnection. Smith died violently in L.A. in 2003, under what some call questionable circumstances. By this time fame had found him, yet, even though his intimate lyrics carried the weight of truth, Smith remained unknowable. Now, a decade after Smith’s death, Schultz, author of Torment Saint, offers a proper biography of the rock star and unravels the remaining mysteries of Smith’s life and its shocking end. Schultz is joined in conversation by Seattle Weekly editor-in-chief Mark Baumgarten, author of Love Rock Revolution.
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Learn more: Schultz’s website.
Read Schultz’s article from the Seattle Weekly on Elliot Smith.