I flew into Boston

©Alicia J. Rose

“I flew into Boston to meet the rest of The Brigade last Wed evening. I have to admit that I was in a bit of a haze as when I landed I found out that Elliott Smith had passed on from this life to the next, so much that I loaded my gear in from the cab to the club next door. I know his music affected all the players in this cast, and our condolences went out to all in attendance in Cambridge during Colin’s solo renditions of The Decemberists “Clementine”, which floated easily into Mr. Smith’s “Clementine”. We all will miss his contributions to this art form. Moving on….”

Chris Funk


It’s so tragic


“It’s so tragic. He’s from Portland, Oregon and I met him a few times and he was a really friendly guy and really nice. Every time I’ve seen him I had nothing bad to say about him, but I don’t know him that well. It was more of a general greeting. It was almost sort of my friends that knew him very well and how it went really wrong down there in Los Angeles. So everybody’s really gutted about it up in Portland because some of his true good friends are from Heatmiser and stuff. I don’t know him that well, so it was just a general thing for me. That’s sad. We really didn’t see the full brunt of it because we were on tour. We didn’t see much in Europe because we didn’t read the papers or search the internet.”

Stephen Malkmus

I can tell you what was on my tape player


“I can tell you what was on my tape player. It was Elliott Smith and Missy Elliott. Missy Elliott Smith! Elliott Smith was really popular. Not pop culture popular. He was underground popular. He didn’t have any pop savvy at all. It was all clear, beautiful documents. I’m not one to love singer songwriters. Like, I do not give a shit about Bob Dylan. I appreciate him as a human being but I do not care about his songs in the least. When people speak about Bob Dylan, that’s how I feel about Elliott Smith. He was a genius. XO and Either/Or are great.”

Beth Ditto


I don’t know who the gentleman was that followed Alaska


“I don’t know who the gentleman was that followed Alaska but he told us of how he and friends had spent the night with Elliott before taking his life. It was apparent he was still emotionally distraught and one couldn’t help but feel his sorrow. He related to us that the song he was about to sing had been written by Elliott who had come to him in a dream the previous night. It had no title, was raw and quite emotional…he could barely finish the song. He apologized, tried catching his breath, but it was clear that singing it was overwhelming. The audience was gracious and applauded loudly, encouraging him along. But, you knew we all had giant lumps in our throats.”

“unknown” about Tito Larriva (3 novembre 2003)

J’ai beaucoup d’émotion par rapport à Elliott Smith

« J’ai beaucoup d’émotion par rapport à Elliott Smith. Quand on écoute ses chansons, on se dit qu’il avait tout compris au niveau des mélodies. Il avait une voix particulière qui touchait, des compositions, des textes très forts. Ce soir-là, on avait les Smashing Pumpkins qui jouaient dans le parc. Elliott Smith jouait quant à lui en fin de soirée à l’Orangerie, et je me rappelle avoir dû moi-même rameuter le public pour qu’il vienne le voir. Continue reading

Right next to Max Fish

“Right next to Max Fish was this gallery called Alleged Gallery.  One night you’d meet Jim Thirlwell and the next night you’d meet Chan Marshall or Elliott Smith. Elliott was around all the time. What a sweetheart. I didn’t know him that well, but the few times we did hang out really had an impact on me. Every time was just trying to talk him out of committing suicide. He’d be like, “Give me reasons.” And I guess you were supposed to bring up the Beatles.”

Stewart Lupton (1975-2018)



My name is Holly Williams


“My name is Holly Williams. Elliott Smith was my favorite musician/singer/songwriter of all time. I have all his albums and bootlegs and the Strange Parallel video. I have been devastated this week. I am a musician and he inspires me more than anyone. I am Hank Williams Jr’s daughter and Hank Williams Sr’s granddaughter. I have read interviews where Elliott talks about Hank Sr. and he’s wearing my dad’s t-shirt on the cover of XO. My grandfather had a very rough life and Elliott’s life reminded me alot of it. Hank Sr. had so many inner demons to struggle with and I always hoped and prayed that Elliott would be able to overcome those. His music will be influential for decades, it was honest and beautiful and intricate. His music changed my life. May he rest in the peace that he couldn’t seem to find here…”

Holly Williams (29 octobre 2003)