Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing

Drawing on new interviews with those who knew and loved Smith, and focusing on the crucial interplay between Smith's life and music, Ben Nugent compellingly and sympathetically portrays an enormously gifted, yet troubled, artist.

Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing

Author: Benjamin Nugent

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0786738103

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Best known for his Oscar-nominated song "Miss Misery" from the Good Will Hunting soundtrack, Elliott Smith was catapulted to the status of indie rock star after performing at the 1997 Academy Awards. Some of his albums, XO and Either/Or among them, would become '90s classics, helping to define an understated aesthetic that owed as much to the melodic emphasis of The Beatles as it did to punk. In the afterglow of the success of "Miss Misery," Smith's fame grew--alongside his struggles with depression and substance abuse. First relocating to Brooklyn, and then finally to L.A., he fell into a downward spiral evident to friends and fans alike, even as he continued to write such beautifully realized songs as "Waltz #2" (XO). Drawing on new interviews with those who knew and loved Smith, and focusing on the crucial interplay between Smith's life and music, Ben Nugent compellingly and sympathetically portrays an enormously gifted, yet troubled, artist.

Ballad of Big Nothing The Unofficial Biography of Elliott Smith

Despite of all he contributed, there is little known about him. This book examines his life, his music, his death, and his legacy. LifeCaps is an imprint of BookCaps™ Study Guides.

Ballad of Big Nothing  The Unofficial Biography of Elliott Smith

Author: Lora Greene

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 1621073262

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By his untimely death at 34, Elliot Smith had contributed more to the indie music scene then almost any artist. Despite of all he contributed, there is little known about him. This book examines his life, his music, his death, and his legacy. LifeCaps is an imprint of BookCaps™ Study Guides. With each book, a lesser known or sometimes forgotten life is is recapped. We publish a wide array of topics (from baseball and music to literature and philosophy), so check our growing catalogue regularly to see our newest books.

Ballad of Big Nothing

Despite of all he contributed, there is little known about him. This book examines his life, his music, his death, and his legacy. LifeCaps is an imprint of BookCaps(TM) Study Guides.

Ballad of Big Nothing

Author: Lora Greene

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781478364344

Page: 68

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By his untimely death at 34, Elliot Smith had contributed more to the indie music scene then almost any artist. Despite of all he contributed, there is little known about him. This book examines his life, his music, his death, and his legacy. LifeCaps is an imprint of BookCaps(tm) Study Guides. With each book, a lesser known or sometimes forgotten life is is recapped. We publish a wide array of topics (from baseball and music to literature and philosophy), so check our growing catalogue regularly to see our newest books.

Elliott Smith s XO

Nugent, Benjamin, Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing (Da Capo Press, 2005).
Peisner, David, “Elliott Smith: The Well Rounded Interview,” Well Rounded
Entertainment, 1998. Perry, Tim, “An Academy Award Performance,” The
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Elliott Smith s XO

Author: Matthew LeMay

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441160094

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Many albums could be cited to support the claim that great suffering yields great art. Elliott Smith's XO should not be one of them. Smith's 1998 major label debut defies the "tortured singer-songwriter" stereotype, and takes up this defiance as a central theme. At a time when Smith was being groomed for a particular (and particularly condescending) brand of stardom, he produced a record that eviscerated one of the central assumptions of singersongwriterdom: that pain is beautiful. XO insists that romanticizing personal tragedy can only leave you "deaf and dumb and done." And it backs up this claim with some of the most artful and intelligent music of its day. Matthew LeMay writes an original take on a widely beloved album, steering clear of the sensationalist suicide angles that have dogged most analysis of Elliott Smith's extraordinary work.

The Essential Elliott Smith Guitar TAB

This book presents 24 classic songs from all five of his albums, plus songs from the two posthumous releases, From A Basement On The Hill and New Moon including the Oscar-nominated song Miss Misery, which featured on the soundtrack of the ...

The Essential Elliott Smith  Guitar TAB

Author: Wise Publications

Publisher: Wise Publications

ISBN: 1783235918

Page: 128

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The Essential Elliott Smith is an exclusive collection of songs by the master songwriter and guitarist. This book presents 24 classic songs from all five of his albums, plus songs from the two posthumous releases, From A Basement On The Hill and New Moon including the Oscar-nominated song Miss Misery, which featured on the soundtrack of the film, Good Will Hunting. Arranged for Guitar TAB and standard notation, with chord boxes and complete lyrics. Song List: A Fond FarewellAlamedaAngel In The SnowAngelesBallad Of Big NothingBetween The BarsCan't Make A SoundComing Up RosesCondor Ave.Easy Way OutEverything Reminds Me Of HerIndependence DayLet's Get LostMiss MiseryNeedle In The HayPretty (Ugly Before)Pretty Mary KRoman CandleSay YesSomebody That I Used To KnowSon Of SamTomorrow TomorrowWaltz No.2 (XO)Wouldn't Mama Be Proud

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ISBN 0415943663 Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing , by Benjamin Nugent . Da
Capo Press , Oct. 2004. $ 23.95 ISBN 0306813939 The Operas of Benjamin
Britten : Expression and Evasion , by Claire Seymour . Boydell & Brewer , Jul .
2004 .

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... But Beckinsale — who got her big break at Oxford when Kenneth then a snatch
of boisterous Dixieland jazz . Branagh cast her in Much Ado About Nothing -
reminds Bilge Ebiri Melancholy , introspective Elliott Smith that there ' s more to
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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music Rich Young and Pretty Swift Richard

FURTHER READING : Elliott Smith And The Big Nothing , Benjamin Nugent .
Smith , Ernie b . Glenroy Ernest Smith , c . 1948 , Jamaica , West Indies . Smith
initially enjoyed notoriety when his single ' Pitta Patta ' , backed with ' Lichfield ...

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music  Rich  Young and Pretty   Swift  Richard

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Containing 27,000 entries and over 6,000 new entries, the online edition of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music includes 50% more material than the Third Edition. Featuring a broad musical scope covering popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music, the Encyclopedia also offers thousands of additional entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that include record labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system.

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4 ' 2166 ' 092 Elliott Smith and the big nothing / Benjamin Nugent . ... Opera , Folk
songs , Broadway and American pop , The blues , Jazz , Rock ( and roll ) , " New "
music , The great choral music — A guide to singing in a chorus or choir .

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Celine Dion s Let s Talk About Love

As his biographer Benjamin Nugent later wrote in Elliott Smith and the Ballad of
Big Nothing , “ Smith effectively deploys substance abuse as a metaphor for other
forms of self - destructive behavior , and the metaphor is a handy one for several
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Celine Dion s Let s Talk About Love

Author: Carl Wilson

Publisher: Continuum

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Dion's album, Let's Talk About Love, was released in 1999.

The Rough Guide to the Best Music You ve Never Heard

Elliott Smith Picture credits The Publishers have made every effort to identify. lliott
Smith wrote ... You can do what you want to , whenever you want to , though it
doesn ' t mean a thing ” , he sang on “ Ballad of Big Nothing " . Four of the album
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The Rough Guide to the Best Music You ve Never Heard

Author: Nigel Williamson

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A guide to unknown music provides recommendations on over two hundred recordings that represent such genres as indie, soul, folk, jazz, and techno.

New Musical Express

RYAN ADAMS THE CLOWN PRINCE OF ALT . COUNTRY COMPILES HIS FAVE
SATANIC DEATH POETRY , BAD GUITAR BLUES AND ' BOS STADIUM ROCK
TEXT : PAT LONG 9 ELLIOTT SMITH Ballad Of Big Nothing " I ' m a big fan .

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The Little Black Songbook Great Acoustic Songs

The Little Black Songbook of Great Acoustic Songs boasts over 80 hits from the past and present masters of the unplugged tune. Presented in chord songbook format, this collection features Guitar chords, diagrams and complete lyrics.

The Little Black Songbook  Great Acoustic Songs

Author: Wise Publications

Publisher: Wise Publications

ISBN: 1783237708

Page: 224

View: 536

The Little Black Songbook of Great Acoustic Songs boasts over 80 hits from the past and present masters of the unplugged tune. Presented in chord songbook format, this collection features Guitar chords, diagrams and complete lyrics. Ideal for strumming and singing, this collection places a diverse range of songs at your disposal, from Simon & Garfunkel's America, Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues and Elton John's Tiny Dancer, through to the modern hits of Elliott Smith's Ballad Of Big Nothing, James Bay's Hold Back The River and Ho Hey by The Lumineers. Perfect for any aspiring guitarist, these tunes are ideal for a group singalongs, a spot of busking or to simply explore the rich history of the world's best popular songwriters. Songs included are: About A Girl [Nirvana] - America [Simon And Garfunkel] - Baby Can I Hold You [Tracy Chapman] - Ballad Of Big Nothing [Elliott Smith] - Breaking The Law [Emeli Sandé] - Budapest [George Ezra] - Cornerstone [Arctic Monkeys] - Dancing Barefoot [Patti Smith] - The Drugs Don't Work [The Verve] - Everlong [Foo Fighters] - Everything Has Changed [Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran] - Far From Any Road [True Detective Soundtrack] - Folsom Prison Blues [Johnny Cash] - Free Fallin' [Tom Petty] - The Girl From Ipanema [Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto] - Have You Ever Seen The Rain? [Creedence Clearwater Revival] - Heart Is A Drum [Beck] - Ho Hey [The Lumineers] - Hold Back The River [James Bay] - I Say A Little Prayer [Aretha Franklin] - I'm Looking Through You [The Beatles] - In Between Days [The Cure] - Into My Arms [Nick Cave & Bad Seed] - Ivy & Gold [Bombay Bicycle Club] - Jenny Don't Be Hasty [Paolo Nutini] - Little Lion Man [Mumford & Sons] - Lola [The Kinks] - Oblivious [Aztec Camera] - Oh Daddy [Fleetwood Mac] - One Love (People Get Ready) [Bob Marley & The Wailers] - Our House [Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young] - Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want [The Smiths] - Quicksand [David Bowie] - Re: Stacks [Bon Iver] - Ship To Wreck [Florence + The Machine] - Shiver [Coldplay] - Sisters Of Mercy [Leonard Cohen] - Someone Like You [Adele] - Stay With Me [Sam Smith] - Strawberry Letter 23 [Shuggie Otis] - Sugar Man [Rodriguez] - Take Me Home, Country Roads [John Denver] - Take Me To Church [Hozier] - Tangled Up In Blue [Bob Dylan] - Thinking Out Loud [Ed Sheeran] - Tiny Dancer [Elton John] - Walk On The Wild Side [Lou Reed] - You Turn Me On I'm A Radio [Joni Mitchell]

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Perhaps that extreme formalism is why the two biggest bluegrass fans I know are
otherwise complete opposites : one is an enormous ... the other a talented writer
who listens to almost nothing else . ... Miss Mary Lou ' s done gone and got
herself a band , including people like Elliott Smith , Money Mark , Nels Cline and
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The Believer

The other problem with assembling Elliott Smith fans (evidenced by my awkward
pre-vigil huddle) is that they're mostly sort of Smith-esque: soft, shy, and ... They'
re not strong enough, for one thing; Smith's fans are, in general, not very big.

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Giant Robot

has nothing to do with kickboxing or John Cusack , but is an Elliott Smith - esque
tear - jerker of a slow jam . ... Standout cuts include the slashing “ Burn It Down , "
dubbed - out " Turn Out the Lights , " and " The Big Girl of Beauty , " which walks ...

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A Time for Building

Nothing had lived where that blast of heat had swept . But even ... In the
Lamington area I met for the first time S. Elliott - Smith , the District Commissioner
. He had ... Many of the great men of pre - war Papua and New Guinea were still
at work .

A Time for Building

Author: Sir Paul Hasluck

Publisher: Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press

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