He wasn’t that well-known then

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“He wasn’t that well-known then, he was on a small independent label out of Portland. I got in touch and – it was one of the only easy films I’ve ever done. No interference from record labels, no crew, no concept, no grand intention. It was just “What’s it like when this guy makes music? Let’s capture that.” And then a little bit of “Hey, what places are important to you? Let’s just walk around and get a few shots of those places.“ I called it Lucky Three because it was. I think he was at his peak. He hadn’t fallen down that dark rabbit hole of celebrity and drugs and all that. The sad, horrible thing was I used to show that piece and say, “This is what we ought to be doing with musicians that we care about, because the bullshit lip-sync music videos aren’t gonna tell us much, particularly when they’re gone.”

Jem Cohen

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Don’t buy into the romantic myths

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“Don’t buy into the romantic myths of self-destruction that are now going to grow about Elliott. I’m still tremendously fond of the man and his work, but when I last saw him, he didn’t look like himself, and there was nothing romantic about it.”

Jem Cohen