He did get stabbed

largo

“He did get stabbed. This was maybe 3/4 years before he died. It was really unfunny. It was a drug deal went bad. He bought some heroin that was bad heroin and he went back to challenge the guy on the content of his purchase and the guy stabbed him. And he showed up at Largo, there was blood everywhere in his car, and we were like ‘You need to go to the hospital’- ‘I can’t go to the hospital cos I might get arrested on drug charge”. That was the final straw for me. After that, I just went to the head of his record label, I went to his manager, I went to his A&R guy, and everyone that was in his life, and Jon Brion – they were making that beautiful thing at the time, but he would come to the studio and just pass out on the floor and I said ‘Jon, what if he dies here? How are we going to feel about this, you know?” And so we did that intervention after all of that.”

Mark Flanagan
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Just over two years ago

largo

“Just over two years ago, people were scrambling around trying to get footage of Elliott Smith. I had maybe twenty hours of live stuff of him, but it’s all audio. I started thinking, “Why didn’t I just let somebody film him?” I regretted it, not because he’s dead, but because Elliott was, in my mind, one of the greatest songwriters ever. At Largo, his audience was always a mixture of people—Marilyn Manson, people off the street—but all total fans. And they loved him; really, really loved him and wanted him to do well, but we didn’t have any footage to remember it by.(…) I really wish that a lot of people who used to play at Largo were still around. I wish people like Mitch Hedberg and Elliott Smith were still here. In a way, I’m really proud that Elliott was a part of Largo and that I got to know him, but in a way, I just really wish he was here for the filming. I mean, I think Jon Brion and Grant and everyone else are brilliant, but Elliott was such a big part in the beginning and he would just tie the whole thing together.”

Mark Flanagan