Between the parallax scrolling: A decade ago, the music world lost one of its most fascinating figures when Elliott Smith died at the age of 34, a death which still haunts many to this day. Since then, a number of journalists have written about Smith, but the friends, managers and musicians who were closest to the “Between the Bars” scribe often felt burned by journalists. Which is what makes the latest long read on Smith’s music, by Pitchfork’s Jayson Greene, all the more impressive. He got 18 of those people to speak to him—including some who hadn’t spoken to the media at all since Smith died—and got out of the way, reflecting on a career that took Smith from tiny Portland bars and clubs to the Oscars—mentioned in the same breath as “My Heart Will Go On”—and then, to a darker place. A must-read if Smith’s acoustic musings have ever passed through your stereo.
(photo of a Heatmiser-era Smith by JJ Gonson, his former girlfriend and the band’s manager)
October 21, 2013 // 17:52 // 10 months ago