10 Melancholy Masterpieces Jan19

10 Melancholy Masterpieces

Sad songs say so much – 10 melancholy masterpieces.

Interview: Elliott Smith’s biographer William Todd Schultz...

October 21st 2013 marked the tenth anniversary of the death of one of greatest songwriters of his generation. In his short life, Steven Paul “Elliott” Smith compiled a body of work that looks set to endure; his songs of fragile, luminous beauty appealed to those who grew to know and love his music in a very unique and personal way. Portland based writer William Todd Schultz has just written what looks likely to become the definitive account of the life and music of Elliott Smith. ‘Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith‘ is a fascinating, compelling and well researched biography taking us right through from his troubled childhood to his tragic death at the age of thirty four. Todd took some time out to talk to entertainment.ie about writing the book, Smith’s struggle with depression and the circumstances surrounding his tragic death.   Words & Interview by Paul Page Congratulations on the book Todd, it’s a fascinating read and a very thorough examination of the life and music of one of the greatest songwriters of the last 30 years. When did you personally first encounter the music of Elliott Smith? It’s hard to date these things since they sort of sneak up on you, but probably about a year before I started the book. My daughter went to the same high school as Elliott did, Lincoln High School in downtown Portland (where I still live now). She started getting into his music, listening to it more or less non-stop (after a similarly intense Shins phase), and I kept overhearing what she was playing in the study of our home. I couldn’t believe it. I was astonished. Every song–every single one–was so absurdly good. At the time, I’d finished two books, and I was reeling about for what...