“Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith” (Bloomsbury, October 1, 2013

“Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith” (Bloomsbury, October 1, 2013

Some advance praise. I’ll add reviews as they come in.

“This is an epic poem to a true musical anti-hero, a tale as complex, dense, and poetic as Elliott himself, complete with harrowing details of every stop in his heart-rending artistic odyssey.”

—Amanda Palmer, songwriter, performer, artist, most recently on Theatre is Evil, with the Grand Theft Orchestra

“William Todd Schultz knows that the music is the key to understanding Elliott Smith, but he doesn’t settle for what the songs alone will tell him. In Torment Saint, the author goes deep, crafting an engrossing tale of a troubled young man with a great gift whose complexity rendered him a puzzle to his ardent fans and even his closest friends. Schultz does a valiant job of putting the pieces together, through intensive research and insightful analysis. That Torment Saint is the definitive final word on such a brilliant artist should be viewed as a triumph. Filled with beauty and pain and clearly put together with tremendous care and deep respect, this is the book Elliott Smith deserves.”

Mark Baumgarten, author of Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music

“Schultz’s Torment Saint offers a candid, heavily researched and truly empathetic look into a troubled genius’s life. As someone who knew Elliott Smith, I was grateful for the whole life arc and the connection of dots. It’s a sensitive and inquisitive look at a beautifully talented soul.”

Sluggo, guitarist for The Grannies

“Schultz personalizes and universalizes Elliott Smith. His balance of authorial distance with compassion is unsurpassable. All of the tiny details are rendered with great skill to form a moving, compact encyclopedia for those of us who knew Elliott Smith personally and those who did not.”

Nelson Gary, author of A Wonderful Life in Our Lives


2 thoughts on ““Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith” (Bloomsbury, October 1, 2013

  1. Hi I know this is probably bad timing to let you know this, but I’m pretty sure the lyric is “torn mainsail (blowing out to drift)” not “torment saint” but either way I’m sure it’s a good book and I plan to read it soon. 🙂

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