Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm

William Todd Schultz
with Mark Baumgarten
The Life of Elliott Smith

The Pub at Town Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

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WilliamToddSchultzby JJ GonsonElliott 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.

Presented by: Town Hall as part of the Arts & Culture series with University Book Store. Sponsored by City Arts and Seattle Weekly.
Tickets: $5.
Doors open: 6:30 pm.
Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales.
Learn more: Schultz’s website.
Read Schultz’s article from the Seattle Weekly on Elliot Smith.

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One Comment

  1. Alyson
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    “under what some call questionable circumstances” Some? you could have said the police and the coroner because the police report/autopsy report stipulates “could not be determined”.

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  1. By This Week in Northwest Music | Nueva Music on October 25, 2013 at 10:40 am

    […] Editor-in-chief of Seattle Weekly, Mark Baumgarten, and author, William Todd Schultz, will be speaking Oct. 29 at Town Hall Seattle about the life and legacy of Elliott Smith. […]

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