Author(s): Autumn De Wilde
Elliott Smith's intensely intimate music and open-hearted, Beatlesque pop songs have left a deepmark on a generation of fans and musicians. His devoted following was expanded greatly by the use of his music in the film "Good Will Hunting", as well as his performance at the Academy Awards - alone on stage with a guitar, amid the glitz (his song "Miss Misery" was nominated for best song), and he has been a key influence on popular bands like Death Cab for Cutie. After his tragic death in 2003, his fan following has only grown and his absence is keenly felt (he's been the subject of four tribute albums). In intimate photographs and conversations with close friends, family, and musicians he inspired, this is the first and only portrait of the beloved and troubled singer/songwriter by those that knew him well.