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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0306814471
ISBN-13: 9780306814471
Sku: 31192617
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  238
Age Range:  NA
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Previously unpublished interviews with family members and close friends of the late Elliott Smith illuminate the singer and songwriters brief life, from his Texas roots to his death in Los Angeles. 50,000 first printing. *Author: Nugent, Benjamin *Publication Date: 2005/10/03 *Number of Pages: 238 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25
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Best for his Oscar-nominated song "Miss Misery" from the Good Will Hunting soundtrack, Elliott Smith was catapulted to the status of indie rock star after performing at the 1997 Academy Awards. Some of his albums, XO and Either/Or among them, would become '90s classics, helping to define an understated aesthetic that owed as much to the melodic emphasis of The Beatles as it did to punk. In the afterglow of the success of "Miss Misery," Smith's fame grew-alongside his struggles with depression and substance abuse. First relocating to Brooklyn, and then finally to L.A., he fell into a downward spiral evident to friends and fans alike, even as he continued to write such beautifully realized songs as "Waltz #2 (XO)." Drawing on new interviews with those who knew and loved Smith, and focusing on the crucial interplay between Smith's life and music, Ben Nugent compellingly and sympathetically portrays an enormously gifted, yet troubled, artist.
First coming to the general public's attention with "Sweet Misery," his Oscar-nominated song for Gus Van Sant's movie GOOD WILL HUNTING, Elliott Smith was a finely-nuanced songwriter whose sensitive, low-key albums were the product of a psyche perhaps too receptive to the static of the outside world. He was found dead of self-inflicted stab wounds in his Los Angeles home in October 2003. Benjamin Nugent's absorbing biography, ELLIOTT SMITH AND THE BIG NOTHING, focuses on the recollections of Smith's friends and musical associates and Nugent's own perceptive analysis of Smith's recordings in an empathetic, revealing study of the doomed musician's struggles with depression, alcohol, and drugs. In Nugent's retelling, Smith's determination to live up to the egalitarian ideals he developed in college, and his struggle to reconcile those ideals with the demands and ambition of fame, collide with his natural melancholy in a kind of perfect storm of depression. Seen in his friends' recollections as a talented, ambitious, gregarious, yet often oversensitive musician, Smith remains an enigmatic, contradictory figure throughout the pages of Nugent's compelling chronicle, both his character and his eventual suicide summoning memories of another alternative music icon, Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain.

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