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Elliott Smith Hardcover – November 1, 2007
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Amazon Significant Seven, December 2007: Laden with all kinds of PostSecret-era ephemera, as well as pages and pages of outtakes from DeWilde's photo shoots with Smith and fascinating discussions between the author and Smith's contemporaries, Elliott Smith is a stunning example of how a tribute book should be made. DeWilde's photography is stark and intimate but never probing, and what comes across is as real a portrait of Elliott Smith as any fan may ever see. Thumbing through the book I was often reminded of a reluctant child, standing quietly yet somehow furiously, waiting for the scrutiny he's suffering to end--it's the same kind of sweet, sublimated emotion that makes his songs (for me, anyway) so powerfully good. That's the beauty of this book: it shows you the artist that you want to see, yet protects Smith from the kind of rueful sentiment one might expect to be lurking here. (P.S. The bonus CD featuring Smith's cover of "All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down" is worth the price of admission alone.) --Anne Bartholomew
About 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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For those who are new to Elliott Smith's music and just falling in love, this book will make you fall in love even more! Get to know the man behind the tragic songs, through some very intimate portraits taken by Autumn de Wilde, who captured Elliott at the height of his career. These are some very beautiful pictures, along with ephemera and personal accounts told not only by de Wilde, but artists, friends, and family who knew Elliott well. It is the most touching tribute in print, and provides a look into the life of the man behind the beautiful songs. He was so often misunderstood, but I believe these pictures speak volumes.
Elliott Smith is alive in this book, and unlike other books that have tried to cash in on the salacious details of his untimely passing, this book focuses solely on his life - leaving out questions of how he died, nor giving any definitive conclusions on his death. If you love Elliott's music and want to see some of the art he created with de Wilde via these lovely photographs, BUY THIS BOOK NOW!
This is a great book for those who don't necessarily like to read, but enjoy memoir books about their favorite artists. Since I didn't read the book myself, I can't really review it, but I know that my boyfriend is all but in love with his copy. And amazon definitely has the best price because I shopped around!