Elliott Smith and the Big Nothingby Benjamin Nugent
Best known 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.
- Da Capo Press
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- Hachette Digital, Inc.
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Meet the Author
Benjamin Nugent is a former music and film reporter for Time magazine. He has written for New York Magazine and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, the BBC, and NPR. Like Elliott Smith, he has lived in Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon, and Amherst, Massachusetts. He now resides in New York City.
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for my psych class i had to pick out a biography and write an analysis on the person we chose. elliot was my first choice, and this book was amazing. though i had to read it for a paper, i found that i was drawn to it and had a very hard time to put it down. i agree that you can get the same information online, but if you really appreciate elliot's music and would like to get a different perspective of his life, i would definitely recommend this book.
any true elliott smith fan would deeply appreciate the work of nugent. as one of the last true american poets of the 20th and 21st century, elliott smith made a lasting imprint on alterative music. contrary to popular belief, most of this information could not truly be gathered elsewhere. because close friends and family members don't do interviews, most of the facts in the novel are that extracted from investigative work. anyone valuing the music elliott produced will see Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing as a final and well written tribute to a man who lived and died tragically. worth every penny.
I was hoping for a better read about Elliott Smith than this one. Alot of it is repetative or rambling. I practically forced myself to finish reading it. A person could read Elliott Smith interviews online and get the same amount of information. It wasn't worth the money.