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'Torment Saint' illuminates the troubled world of Elliott Smith
Ten years ago this November singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, then 34, died in an Echo Park bungalow from two knife stabs to the chest. According to William Todd Schultz's "Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith," a clear-eyed and devastating new biography of the gifted and troubled artist, his death, likely a suicide, was inevitable. The only questions were how and when.
By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
October 3, 2013