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ISBN:
0306813939
Author:
Benjamin Nugent
Category:
Music
Language:
English
Publisher:
Da Capo Press; First Edition edition (October 12, 2004)
Pages:
248 pages
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A stranger to Elliott Smith’s kin, I found them reasonable and polite.

A stranger to Elliott Smith’s kin, I found them reasonable and polite. For information I turned to Smith’s friends and acquaintances; Marc Swanson was especially valuable for persuading others to talk and for setting straight many of my errors, as was Bill Santen for being the first of Smith’s colleagues to trust me. David McConnell, Dorien Garry, JJ Gonson, EV Day, Rob Schnapf, Pete Krebs, Andrew Morgan and everyone else quoted herein made the book much better than it otherwise would have been and enabled me to avoid anonymous sources.

Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing is a biography of musician Elliott Smith by Benjamin Nugent. It was published by Da Capo Press on October 30, 2004, just past the one-year anniversary of Smith's death. The book contains interviews with two of the musician's producers, Rob Schnapf and David McConnell, and friends such as Pete Krebs, and Bill Santen, but does not contain any original interviews with Smith, his family or his close friends.

the song he’d written for Good Will Hunting, had snagged him a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Yearwood for How Do I Live from Con Air among others. It was the proverbial single stroke that indelibly changes the course of a life

Elliott Smith would've been pleased with the book. While it is true that new, ground-breaking information may be limited in ELLIOTT SMITH AND THE BIG NOTHING, it seems that the author couldn't really have acquired such.

Elliott Smith would've been pleased with the book. He would've liked Nugent's apparent knowledge of and focus on the music. Nugent did his homework.

Benjamin Nugent is a former music and film reporter for Time magazine. He has written for New York Magazine and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, the BBC, and NPR. Like Elliott Smith, he has lived in Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon, and Amherst, Massachusetts

Benjamin Nugent is a former music and film reporter for Time magazine. Like Elliott Smith, he has lived in Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon, and Amherst, Massachusetts. He now resides in New York City. Библиографические данные. Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing.

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Produced by Elliott Smith, Rob Schnapf & Tom Rothrock. Ballad of Big Nothing Lyrics. Ballad of Big Nothing Lyrics

Throughout the course of the book Nugent is much more interested in. .The picture that emerges from Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing is murky, indistinct, and woefully incomplete.

Throughout the course of the book Nugent is much more interested in explicating Smith's pseudo-biographical lyrics than in doing any of the metaphorical legwork required to come to any sort of decisive conclusions regarding Smith's life. Nugent also overplays Smith's overall significance to pop music during the mid-to-late 90s. It hardly does him a disservice to point out the very obvious fact that Smith was a minor celebrity in a marginalised rock scene: he was hardly the great standard bearer for acoustic rock during the "Dark Ages" of the '90s.

It is rare these days for a recording artist to move his fans so deeply that news of his death sparks instant tribute concerts worldwide-from Dublin to Boston, and Nashville to Los Angeles.Elliott Smith was such an artist. On October 21, 2003, he was found dead in his apartment from two stab wounds to the chest. But before his tragic death, which is still under investigation, came the solitary beauty of Smith's music.Known best for his heartrending song "Miss Misery" from the Oscar-nominated Good Will Hunting soundtrack, Elliott Smith was catapulted to the status of indie icon after performing at the 1998 Oscars. Sandwiched between Celine Dion and Trisha Yearwood and wearing an unlikely white tuxedo, he looked out of place-but many who witnessed his surreally beautiful performance thought he put Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" to shame. His albums have since sold over half a million copies, with his melody-based rock inspiring successful artists from Belle & Sebastian to the Flaming Lips.Featuring never-before-published interviews with those that knew and loved Smith, this book takes us from his childhood in suburban Dallas, Texas, to his life-and eventual death-in Los Angeles. Focusing on the crucial interplay between Smith's life and music, and establishing his place in America's musical canon as one who helped to usher in today's rock revival, this is a groundbreaking biography on "an amazing singer and songwriter" (Moby).
  • Zulkigis
I don't really understand what all the complaints on this book are for. Yes, there are typos in the book and he gets lyrics wrong sometimes when quoting them. With that said, he was rushing to get the book done. He didn't want it to be released on the one year anniversary of Smiths death, but upon the release of Basement on a Hill (which just happened to be the same date).

This book has a lot of funny stories and a couple of dark ones. Nugent chose to show the Elliott that was working and funny, a side that many of us listeners don't get to see too often. Towards the end we learn of how much the drugs truly changed him. I found that part of the book the most interesting because I had no idea what had gone on towards the end of Smiths life.

Nugent cares about Elliott and it is obvious in his writing. Yes, he skims over the death but who cares? I for one do not want to hear a play by play of his death. It was something tragic and something that should be left for his friends and family. Honestly, I think it's disgusting that his autospy is even admitted online. Either way he does go into other suicide attempts if that's the only reason you are looking to read.

And the complaints about his sources? His interviews are really good I thought. They aren't just Smiths barely-there-acquaintances ... they are previous girlfriends, producers, etc. that truly knew him.

I would recommend this book to any Elliott Smith fan. It definitely lets you in to different parts of his life that you would otherwise not have known about. The author did a great job and I commend his hard work that he put into the book, as well as those that agreed to be interviewed.
  • Faulkree
Don't take the negative reviews too seriously. While it's not quite as in-depth as other biographies on musicians, I think the author does a fine job with the limited information on Smith's life he has to work with and I found it just as interesting and enjoyable as any other biography.
  • Qumenalu
Anyone who wants a deeper glimpse into the greatest man who ever lived look no further.
  • Mildorah
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  • Nirad
Sorry, Benjamin, your book is a tremendous disappointment. It is impossible to follow, poorly written and just a plain bore. To write a biography about someone, you should at the VERY LEAST gain access to those who knew him best or know him well yourself. The only thing the book contains is scraps of information, obtained by some of Smith's most obscure and random acquaintances. I should have paid closer attention to my contemporary's reviews and not have wasted the money on this book. It will be up for resale on eBay, very soon.
  • Hiylchis
This book contains some facts. The writing in mediocre in my opinion though. It feels like the author was assigned to write this book, but wasn't interested in Elliott Smith.
  • Jek
I'd have read Benjamin Nugent's biography on Elliott Smith much sooner had it not been for the number of unfavorable reviews of it I'd stumbled upon on the web. After having finally given it a go, I'm left wondering if I indeed read the same book as some of the other reviewers here. While it is true that new, ground-breaking information may be limited in ELLIOTT SMITH AND THE BIG NOTHING, it seems that the author couldn't really have acquired such material without being unethical in his research methods, as Smith's family didn't wish to speak with him. As it stands, Nugent deserves praise for not having acted like an intruder, but instead made use of what he was provided with to best avail.

Having started out his musical career as part of the Heatmiser-group in the early 1990's, Elliott Smith quickly earned a reputation as an extraordinary songwriter and composer after his debut album as a solo performer. It's always a risky task to compound a biography on an artist whose work creates such a strong emotional impact on fans as Smith's does, as readers are likely to take any clumsiness or lacking insight from a biographer as personal as the subject itself would have done. This is totally understandable. However, in my opinion, Benjamin Nugent turns out to be far from a clumsy (or worse, sensationalistic) biographer. His main focus appears to be on Smith's music and work methods, as it should be, although the musician's personal life is covered as well, sometimes from a critical perspective but still balanced. I'm left with the impression that Smith really was a warm, sensitive soul who cared very much about others, but his personal troubles eventually became too much of a burden to him. Among the people interviewed are a few childhood friends and girlfriends, as well as Heatmiser-members and the producer who worked with Smith on his last completed record FROM A BASEMENT ON THE HILL. Nugent also made several travels to the various places where Smith lived during his life.

There may be some misquoted lyrics a few times here, but all in all, THE BIG NOTHING works as a good overview on Smith's life, written by a person who clearly shares the reader's admiration for his work.