Elliott Smith

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Elliott Smith's intensely intimate music and open-hearted, Beatlesque pop songs have left a deep mark on a generation of fans and musicians in the wake of his tragic death in 2003. In Autumn de Wilde's remarkable photographs and conversations with close friends, family, and musicians he inspired, this is the first and only portrait of the beloved and troubled singer/songwriter by those who knew him well. Complementing de Wilde's riveting, personal images are ephemera, handwritten lyrics, and revealing talks with ...

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Overview

Elliott Smith's intensely intimate music and open-hearted, Beatlesque pop songs have left a deep mark on a generation of fans and musicians in the wake of his tragic death in 2003. In Autumn de Wilde's remarkable photographs and conversations with close friends, family, and musicians he inspired, this is the first and only portrait of the beloved and troubled singer/songwriter by those who knew him well. Complementing de Wilde's riveting, personal images are ephemera, handwritten lyrics, and revealing talks with Smith's inner circle, many speaking here for the first time. Also included are a foreword by Beck Hansen and Chris Walla, and a live CD of unreleased solo acoustic performances.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811857994
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 322,125
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Autumn de Wilde directed Elliott's video for "Son of Sam" and created the packaging for his album Figure 8; the cover image of him in front of a wall in L.A. led to the site becoming a spontaneous memorial for the singer after his death. She has also worked with Spoon, Death Cab for Cutie, the Raconteurs, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jenny Lewis, Fiona Apple, and others. She lives in Los Angeles.

Beck Hansen has collaborated with de Wilde for many years, most recently on photographs and videos for his album The Information.

Chris Walla is a guitarist for the band Death Cab for Cutie and has worked as a producer with numerous bands.

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  • Posted December 10, 2009

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    I'm never ganna know you now but I'm ganna love you anyhow

    I adore this book simply because it's all about Elliott and I absolutely adore Elliott. I suppose I'm incapable of writing a accurate review on this book considering I'd speak highly of it reguardless. I will say however, that all genuine Elliott fans must read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

    Wilde about Elliott

    At first I was hesitant to purchase this book because I thought it consisted of nothing but photographs. It's not that I have anything against that, but I also like to have text accompanying the pictures. For a few months, I kept contemplating purchasing it when it saw it in various bookstores. When I actually made the opportunity to flip through the book, I discovered the author also conducted interviews with people who worked with Elliott and were in his life. I was also highly encouraged by another fan to purchase the book because he said it was spectacular, so I did just that. As soon as I purchased it, I went home and started looking at the photographs, which are exquisite. I also really enjoyed reading the interviews. An extra bonus included a CD consisting of five live tracks, one of them being a cover of a famous country song. I urge any fan of Elliott Smith to purchase this book, especially those who think they already have 'everything' in their collection. ¿Elliott Smith¿ by Autumn de Wilde is a delight!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2007

    'I'm floating in a black balloon'

    I've been waiting for this book for a long, long time. Since the summer. And it said it would be here in late October, but it didn't come until November. But, when it came I was happy to finally see it, have it, own it. Truthfully, I've only glanced through. I'm waiting for the right time to sit down and dive in, but maybe it's one of those books that you look at from time to time when you're down and out. As for Elliott, I am completely fallen for. His music, his LYRICS, his perspective, his secrets, his life. I went to a tribute show this month in LA after the 'anniversary' his death on October 21st. And it's just not the same without his words coming from his mouth. But this is a great trip down memory lane to illuminate his radiance in photographs, interviews, and small post-its.

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    Posted December 11, 2008

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