1st Review, TORMENT SAINT: THE LIFE OF ELLIOTT SMITH

July 29, 2013 § 9 Comments

Starred Review, PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY. Especially gratified to see the final sentence, which summarizes one of my chief aims all along:

“Schultz brings to his work a deep understanding of how inner and outer landscapes can affect unique and sensitive artists… But no matter how dark Elliott Smith’s story gets, Schultz never loses sight of the beauty of his music.” PW, starred review

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§ 9 Responses to 1st Review, TORMENT SAINT: THE LIFE OF ELLIOTT SMITH

  • jt says:

    Hi, Really looking forward to the book, congrats on finishing and the great advance praise. Any way suggestions for how I might get hold of an advance copy before October? I’m writing about Elliott too, right now, but I have to make a lot of it up! It sounds like the stuff you’ve found is crucial for bringing it all together. Will you be reading/ signing on the East Coast at all? Thanks.- JT

    • don’t make stuff up!!! what are you writing? and yes, i’ll be in NYC on Nov 1. the book is out Oct 1. and i’m out of advance copies right now–they tend to go to reviewers. sorry!

      • jt says:

        It’s a fiction piece (so making some things up is unavoidable) based on his life and the post-grunge indie music scene, especially around 1998 when he started to get more famous. I actually talked to him then and it was clear that there were a lot of different ways it could go, and tons of pressure; his songs look like maps of possible futures. I’d be psyched to talk more on email. I’ll look for your NYC event in November. Thanks!

  • Anthony says:

    I am very excited to read your book and learn more about the life of one of my generations most gifted songwriters. I had the pleasure of attending the No Name #1 tribute in Austin and it was fantastic! Will you be having any readings in Austin?

  • I am interested in Elliot Smith. He is one of the few artists of recent years that has an aura of mystery, to me…Morrissey once said something along the lines of: “I’m drawn to people that have a certain doomed romance to them. They can’t cope this world and they often end in a nasty way”. Good luck with your book.

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