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Wednesday, Feb. 11: Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith

Olympia Timberland Library

Elliott Smith as seen on the cover of "Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith"

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Before Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein branded Portland, Oregon, Elliott Smith did the same - except his Portland was about self-loathing. He told stories about addicts getting off the bus at Southeast Powell Boulevard and 6th Avenue to cop, and chronicled the absurd ritual of the Rose Parade. After battling depression, drugs and alcohol for years, Smith committed suicide Oct. 21, 2003. He was 34. William Todd Schultz, a professor of psychology, chronicled Smith's childhood and adolescence in the book, Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith, offering critical insight into the musician as both an individual and an artist, as well as into the myriad influences that shaped his music and lyrical content. Schultz will drop by the Olympia Timberland Library to offer a presentation on the life and music of Smith - specifically rare audio recordings and early versions of lyrics for the potent Smith song, "King's Crossing." Q & A will follow.

TORMENT SAINT: THE LIFE OF ELLIOTT SMITH, 7:30 p.m., Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia, free admission, 360.352.0595

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