On the morning of Oct. 22, I was startled
awake by a ringing phone. It was my editor calling to tell me that
Elliott Smith had killed himself.
were bumping the upcoming issue’s big featur
The new Elliott Smith documentary puts the focus where it belongs: His music.
The phrase “a documentary on Elliott
Smith” must induce a twinge of post-traumatic stress in fans of the late
singer-songwriter, not to mention those who actually knew him. The last
"It has taken on a significance that it doesn't deserve."
By now, you've likely heard about the brouhaha surrounding the release this week of previously unheard Elliott Smith material. Normally, this would be treated as a grand occurrence, given that, unlike many of his peers in the gone-too-soon club, Smith's recorded legacy seemed to more or less end when he died in 2003. Sure, there have been posthumous albums—2004's From a Basement on the Hill, half-completed ...
10 years after his death, Elliott Smith is still estranged from Portland.
Elliott Smith sang it himself: Pictures of him are always wrong.
So the photo of him
at Disneyland, taken in 1996, must be Photoshopped, right? The saddest
songwriter in the world—a man who co
A brief guide to finding Elliott Smith in Portland.
Southeast 29th Avenue and Taylor StreetThe home where Smith recorded Roman Candle.
According to his then-girlfriend, J.J. Gonson, she returned years later
and knocked on the door to find the Shins