Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith–OMNIBUS of links & reviews (UPDATED, 12/1/14)

October 22, 2013 § 9 Comments

I wanted to post something comprehensive, now that I have a day to myself.  What follows are links to articles, reviews, excerpts, and stories, all in rough chronological order.  I’ll update these every now and then, as new stuff comes in. (UPDATE:  Dec 1, 2014)

•LA Times Review HERE

•Rhett Miller review in Bookforum HERE

•”To Elliott, With Love.”  My essay on why and how I wrote Torment Saint HERE

•NME, one of top music books of 2013 HERE

•Buzzfeed, one of top music books of 2013 HERE

•My Salon piece on “Roman Candle” turning 20 yrs old HERE

•Evening Standard (UK), music biography of the year HERE

•Oregonian story by Jeff Baker HERE

•Willamette Week cover story HERE

•My Huffington Post piece on Elliott’s poetics HERE

•My Bookish piece on why we can’t stop listening to Elliott HERE

•Interview with Alex Cohen of LA’s KPCC HERE

•LiveWire radio, episode 230 (at 16:30 mins).  I’m interviewed, I read from the book, plus “Between the Bars” HERE

•Podcast of my interview in Ireland with Nadine O’Regan HERE

•Interview with Paul Page, Ireland (Part I HERE; Part II HERE)

•Review, SunGazette HERE •Review, the Patriot Ledger, MA HERE

•Radio review, RTE, Ireland HERE

•Pop Matters review HERE

•Feature story in The Independent (UK) HERE

•Me driving around Portland (video) pointing out Elliott landmarks HERE

•Mojo Magazine:  “Brilliant, raw fuel for Schultz to add carefully collated detail and song deconstruction to explore a man in harrowing free-fall toward his 2003 suicide” (4 stars)

•Vanity Fair Magazine, “Hot Type” pick:  “Elliott Smith gets the wake song he deserves in Torment Saint”

•Caught in Carousel review by Paul Gleason HERE

•Totally Dublin, story/review HERE

•Review in The Examiner HERE

•Review in Paste Magazine HERE

•Review, Record Collector Magazine (4 stars) HERE

•Review, Slug Magazine HERE

•Review, Rain Taxi HERE

•Review, Eugene Weekly HERE

•Interview at rockfeedback HERE

•Publisher’s Weekly, starred review HERE

•Long excerpt from the book at Slate HERE

•Another excerpt at Port Magazine HERE

•Article and interview at “don’t forget the songs” HERE

Thanks to all who have read the book and written to express their congratulations.  It’s so gratifying to put your life into something and hear that people find it compelling.  Most of all, it is a testament to Elliott and the enormous appeal of his spectacular music.  (photo below by the talented Marina Chavez) Image

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§ 9 Responses to Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith–OMNIBUS of links & reviews (UPDATED, 12/1/14)

  • linyutangee says:

    Comprehensive with each link easily accessed. A great site for students and academics alike.

  • An esoteric question, I admit: in Elliot’s “Can’t Make a Sound”, alternate reading, “‘the moral of’ means nothing to me”, rather than “the monologue…”. What do you think? Since reading your book (thank you for the awesome work you’ve done, btw), I’ve listened several times, and am still convinced I’ve got that lyric right. Do you have notes or anything from Elliot’s hand that confirms or denies?

  • Jon says:

    Mr. Schultz –

    For Christmas this year My wife bought me a copy of Torment Saint which I recently finished (I have a reading queue, had to get through other things first). I read mostly historical non-fiction including a lot of biographies, and in that I have read very many on my favorite artists. Your book about Elliott Smith touched me very, very deeply. Obviously from the first you know how tragically the story ends, and the process getting there – you had the right word – tormented. It’s a mystery why having the gifts of an Elliott Smith, Kurt Cobain, Shannon Hoon, Layne Staley, the list is very long, is such a burden. But even among them Elliott’s story seems uniquely self-destructive, self seeking demise. To say I enjoyed your book might not be the best choice of verb, but it just about brought me to tears over and over again so let’s just leave it at I was very moved by your book.

    Jon
    PDX, 4/14

  • Mike says:

    Cannot wait to get my copy of this! Elliott’s music played quite the heavy roll in lulling me through my childhood. He was, and is to this day, a large part of my own psychology, and I see him everywhere. He makes me smile, what can I say :)

    Thank you William,
    Mike :)

  • Dale Stewart says:

    We all had our role models as we grow up. Elliott had a huge influence on my wife and myself.I just read the “the last interview” and you never realise who Elliott smith had such an impact on. I remember the night he died, I got a call from my girlfriend, she was in tears. I never really knew much about him until that night. We spent the next few hours just listening to his music and I feel he changed me in a way that not many artists have. I can’t wait to find the book in Australia.
    Thank you again William.
    All the best

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