Autumn de Wilde, “Elliott Smith”

Elliott photographer and friend Autumn de Wilde compiled this big, beautiful book of photographs of the late singer/songwriter and interviews with the people who knew him best.

Published: 2007, 224 pp.
Obtained via: Chronicle Books
Date started: 12.4.07
Date finished: 12.14.07
What I liked: The stories from friends and fellow musicians were poignant and funny. The photographs are striking—especially the last ones she took before he died.
What I didn’t like: I’m not a big fan of straight transcriptions of interviews, especially when there’s a fair amount of repetition in what’s being said. People had different recollections of interactions with Elliott, which was cool, but de Wilde tells the same stories over and over. I’d have edited down a bit more than they did.
What I learned: Elliott was a big fan of cheesy pop songs and basketball.

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