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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408830477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408830475
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 2.8 x 15.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brilliant, raw fuel for Schultz to add carefully collated detail and song deconstruction to explore a man in harrowing free-fall towards his 2003 suicide. **** (Mojo)

A clear-eyed and devastating new biography . as heartbreaking and well-crafted as one of Elliott Smith's songs (LA Times)

Elliott Smith, whose soul presides over the lives of melancholy indie rockers, gets the wake song he deserves in William Todd Schultz's Torment Saint (Vanity Fair)

In Torment Saint, William Todd Schultz has written his own kind of love song - an account of Smith's life that does full justice to his memory and the impressive legacy of his art ... Both persuasive reckoning with Elliott's inner demons and - much more important - a full appreciation and celebration, of his undeniable genius (Bookforum)

Torment Saint will likely go down as the definitive biography of the singer/songwriter. A full portrait of a troubled man who made beautiful music and left us far too soon (Paste)

A tale as complex, dense, and poetic as Elliott himself (Amanda Palmer)

You can try to look for answers in his heart-rending music, but, ultimately, up until now, little has been known about his life . Torment Saint is perhaps the first proper biography of the singer (Independent)

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A revealing biography of the musical icon Elliott Smith, written with unprecedented access and published for the tenth anniversary of his tragic, untimely death.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rachael on 16 Jun. 2014
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A beautifully written insight into the enigmatic world of Elliott Smith.
I highly recommend this for anyone captivated by Elliott's rare talent.

I'm never gonna know him now
But I'm gonna love him anyhow.

Thank you William Todd Schultz!
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Torment Saint is the perfect companion and literary equivalent to Elliott Smith's timeless, sublime music. William Todd Schultz has given Elliott fans an invaluable gift with this book and also to people who haven't yet discovered this remarkable person. We are now able to understand him and his life as much as we possibly can and deserve to. It is flawlessly written with a brilliant balance of biography, psychology, musical/lyrical interpretation and fascinating interviews with family and friends. Captivating, compassionate and a long-awaited, in depth celebration of Elliott's LIFE. Thank you on behalf of true fans and realists! A triumph, honouring Elliott Smith, with nothing but love and respect beaming from the pages.
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A great tribute to an amazing singer /songwriter / poet / lyricist and man. Read it and weep (in the best possible way!) this book is a well balanced, thoughtful and extremely well written piece which gives you a real insight into the life, times, music and struggles of Elliott Smith. Nothing can sadly bring him back but the images conjured on the pages of this book do a damn good job. It is a haunting read that raises questions in the readers mind and stays with you long after you have put it down.
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Amazing book, brilliantly written. I'd highly recommend it to any Elliott fan, even those who don't know so much about him , this book would still be a great read! William Todd Schultz is a really great writer .
I loved it, can't recommend it highly enough
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