The circumstances surrounding his death


“The circumstances surrounding his death don’t sit well with me at all, but there was only other person there, so nobody will ever know. He wasn’t around the type of people where I could know for sure what would happen any more. He was surrounded by sycophants, so who knows what could have happened? He had talked about suicide for many years, but he was always such a chicken about getting hurt! And there had been times in the past where suicide seemed more likely.”

Autumn de Wilde


Joshua Kessler took this photo at Elliott’s apartment

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“Joshua Kessler took this photo at Elliott’s apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn, right off Fifth Avenue, as part of a feature story I was writing for Alternative Press. I showed up at his place right when they began to shoot, and I remember being greeted as if I were an old friend — which was bizarre because Elliott and I had only met once before, in a dark nightclub, two years prior to that.

 When we finally sat down to do the interview, it was almost effortless. He asked as much about me as I did about him, and I felt like it was only fair that I answer him. I wish I still had that tape. Continue reading

The record was supposed to be called “Place Pigalle”


“The record was supposed to be called “Place Pigalle”. Actually, I had two songs called “Place Pigalle”, then I removed them, then I thought I should keep at least one if I was going to use that name for the record. Then… I also had that other song called “Figure 8″ that didn’t end up on the record, either. What I liked about that title was the evocation of a skating figure where you get as close as you can to the perfect 8. I loved that idea of an endless quest for perfection.”

Elliott Smith