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.
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.
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 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
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 26. Chapters: Elliott Smith albums, Elliott Smith songs, Elliott Smith tribute albums, Elliott Smith discography, From a Basement on the Hill, Heatmiser, Figure 8, Either/Or, XO, New Moon, Because, Elliott Smith and the Big Nothing, Miss Misery, Strange Parallel, Roman Candle, Thirteen, Son of Sam, An Introduction to... Elliott Smith, Say Yes, Needle in the Hay, The String Quartet Tribute to Elliott Smith, A Tribute to Elliott Smith, Coming Up Roses: Sacramento Remembers Elliott Smith, Thumbsucker, To Elliott, From Portland, Baby Britain, Remote Memory: A Tribute to Elliot Smith, Happiness, Home to Oblivion: An Elliott Smith Tribute, Lucky Three, No Confidence Man. Excerpt: Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith (August 6, 1969 - October 21, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in Texas, and resided for a significant portion of his life in Portland, Oregon, where he first gained popularity. His primary instrument was the guitar, but he was also proficient at piano, clarinet, bass guitar, drums, and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style characterized by his "whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery" and use of multi-tracking to create vocal layers, textures, and harmonies. After playing in the rock band Heatmiser for several years, Smith began his solo career in 1994 with releases on the independent record labels Cavity Search and Kill Rock Stars. In 1997 he signed a contract with DreamWorks Records, for which he recorded two albums. Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song "Miss Misery" - included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting - was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1998. Smith suffered from depression, alcoholism, and drug addiction, and these topics often appeared in his lyrics. At age 34, he died in Los...
For his 2007 critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series title, Let's Talk About Love, Carl Wilson went on a quest to find his inner Céline Dion fan and explore how we define ourselves by what we call good and bad, what we love and what we hate. At once among the most widely beloved and most reviled and lampooned pop stars of the past few decades, Céline Dion's critics call her mawkish and overblown while millions of fans around the world adore her “huge pipes” and even bigger feelings. How can anyone say which side is right? This new, expanded edition goes even further, calling on thirteen prominent writers and musicians to respond to themes ranging from sentiment and kitsch to cultural capital and musical snobbery. The original text is followed by lively arguments and stories from Nick Hornby, Krist Novoselic, Ann Powers, Mary Gaitskill, James Franco, Sheila Heti and others. In a new afterword, Carl Wilson examines recent cultural changes in love and hate, including the impact of technology and social media on how taste works (or doesn't) in the 21st century.
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]
With more than two thousand songs handpicked and organized by former Spin magazine writer and editor Sarah Lewitinn (aka Ultragrrrl), The Pocket DJ is the ultimate insider's reference guide for selecting music, downloading MP3s, and making all-purpose mixes for every occasion imaginable. Playlists include: • Essential genres: with crowd-pleasing dance mixes for indie rockers, headbangers, and hip-hop lovers alike • Essential artists: with the best songs by all the greats from the Beatles to Björk • Celebrity playlists: featuring Duran Duran, Smahing Pumpkins, Interpol, and Good Charlotte, among others • Other playlists: with tunes for working out, making out, or rocking out • Plus rock trivia, new music recommendations, DJing tips, Web resources, and more!
Non-fans regard Céline Dion as ersatz and plastic, yet to those who love her, no one could be more real, with her impoverished childhood, her (creepy) manager-husband's struggle with cancer, her knack for howling out raw emotion. There's nothing cool about Céline Dion, and nothing clever. That's part of her appeal as an object of love or hatred - with most critics and committed music fans taking pleasure (or at least geeky solace) in their lofty contempt. This book documents Carl Wilson's brave and unprecedented year-long quest to find his inner Céline Dion fan, and explores how we define ourselves in the light of what we call good and bad, what we love and what we hate.
"Singing Voice presents a conceptual model for analyzing vocal delivery in popular song recordings focused on three overlapping areas of inquiry: pitch, prosody, and quality. The domain of pitch, which refers to listeners' perceptions of frequency, considers range, tessitura, intonation, and registration. Prosody, the pacing and flow of delivery, comprises phrasing, metric placement, motility, embellishment, and consonantal articulation. Qualitative elements include timbre, phonation, onset, resonance, clarity, paralinguistic effects, and loudness. Intersecting all three domains is the area of technological mediation, which considers how external technologies, such as layering, overdubbing, pitch modification, recording transmission, compression, reverb, spatial placement, delay, and other electronic effects, impact voice in recorded music. Though the book focuses primarily on the sonic and material aspects of vocal delivery, it situates these aspects among broader cultural, philosophical, and anthropological approaches to voice with the goal to better understand the relationship between sonic content and its signification. Drawing upon transcription and spectrographic analysis as the primary means of representation, as well as modes of analysis, this book features in-depth analyses of a wide array of popular song recordings spanning genres from indie rock to hip hop to death metal, develops analytical tools for understanding how individual dimensions make singing voices both complex and unique, and synthesizes how multiple aspects interact to better understand the multi-dimensionality of singing voices"--
"American Nerd" explores the concept of nerdiness and the history of the nerd subculture: how they developed and how they have manifested in media, literature, schools, the workplace, and in the general public.
Women write about their experiences of loving music that doesn’t love them back – a feminist 'guilty pleasures'.e - a kind of feminist guilty pleasures. In the majority of mainstream writing and discussions on music, women appear purely in relation to men as muses, groupies or fangirls, with our own experiences, ideas and arguments dismissed or ignored. But this hasn’t stopped generations of women from loving, being moved by and critically appreciating music, even – and sometimes especially – when we feel we shouldn’t. Under My Thumb: Songs that Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them is a study of misogyny in music through the eyes of women. It brings together stories from journalists, critics, musicians and fans about artists or songs we love (or used to love) despite their questionable or troubling gender politics, and looks at how these issues interact with race, class and sexuality. As much celebration as critique, this collection explores the joys, tensions, contradictions and complexities of women loving music – however that music may feel about them. Featuring: murder ballads, country, metal, hip hop, emo, indie, Phil Spector, David Bowie, Guns N’ Roses, 2Pac, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, AC/DC, Elvis Costello, Jarvis Cocker, Kanye West, Swans, Eminem, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, Combichrist and many more.
(Guitar Recorded Versions). A fixture on the Portland indie music scene, singer-songwriter Elliott Smith was introduced to the mainstream via his Oscar-nominated song "Miss Misery" from the Good Will Hunting soundtrack. This collection features that song and 17 others, from his first CD, through tracks released after his tragic and untimely death. Includes: Angeles * Clementine * Everything Means Nothing to Me * Pretty (Ugly Before) * Say Yes * Son of Sam * Waltz #2 (XO) * and more, plus a discography and an intro.
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.
From the concert stage to the dressing room, from the recording studio to the digital realm, SPIN surveys the modern musical landscape and the culture around it with authoritative reporting, provocative interviews, and a discerning critical ear. With dynamic photography, bold graphic design, and informed irreverence, the pages of SPIN pulsate with the energy of today's most innovative sounds. Whether covering what's new or what's next, SPIN is your monthly VIP pass to all that rocks.