The posthumously-released ‘From A Basement On The Hill’ is Elliott Smith’s boldest record. Arriving in the shadow of his death, the album glows with life.
Larry Crane, producer, engineer and Elliott Smith’s official archivist, reflects on the singer-songwriter’s early recordings.
Former music photographer and close friend of Elliott Smith, JJ Gonson looks back on her time in the songwriter’s orbit, and on other artists she captured on camera.
The expanded collection includes a previously-unreleased early live recording, plus 52-pages of photos, handwritten lyrics, and memories of the artist.
Moving closer to the mainstream with ‘XO’, Elliott Smith reveled in all he could master while making his deeply personal songs resonate even further.
The best Elliott Smith songs reflect his ability to wring beauty out of life’s traumas. Even during his short lifetime, his prolific output still endures.
The notion of DIY music stretches back to 19th-century flutes made from bird bone, through punk anarchy and the digital revolution.
Elliott Smith’s self-titled second album remains both a comforting and disquieting piece of art and an essential statement from an acknowledged genius.
Intimate and spontaneous, ‘Roman Candle’ laid bare the threads of Elliott Smith’s songwriting, acting as a prelude to his career.
The song outdid the A-side, 'Why Should We Try Anymore,' on the country charts.
The final album Elliott Smith completed in his lifetime, ‘Figure 8’ saw the formerly lo-fi songwriter go pop, to dazzling effect.
Either/Or stands as a devastatingly beautiful record and widely regarded as Elliot Smith’s best work.
His songs were candid expositions of the human psyche and while he delved into depression and addiction he usually came up with a bittersweet riposte that encouraged those who believed in him...
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From a 50s-era guitar pioneer to 70s post-punk heroes of Britain's DIY scene, here are just a few DIY musicians who embodied the DIY music ethos.