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Friday, February 29, 2008

Restoring the Elliott Smith "Figure 8" mural

Really cool and inspiring piece here about music fans getting it right:


This mural in the Silver Lake neighborhood of LA was the recognizable backdrop for the cover of the 2000 Elliott Smith album Figure 8. After becoming a sort of shrine following his death in 2003, with tasteful fan graffiti and notes scrawled on the wall, stupid taggers decided to mess it all up. And no one cared. Enter the impassioned fans, and the subsequent restoration. Read the full story over at Sly Oyster and download a 1997 set from Elliott on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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6 Comments:

At February 29, 2008 12:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always enjoy hearing Elliott Smith news. I think I started listening to him in college, I still slip in one of his CDs from time to time. Good stuff.

kev in STL

 
At March 02, 2008 9:02 AM, Blogger Josh Jabcuga said...

Great stuff.

 
At March 02, 2008 2:17 PM, Blogger Craig said...

Hello Heather: It's been way too long since I listened to "Figure 8." Thank you for reminding me. I'm linking you. Hope that's okay. See you around.

 
At March 03, 2008 10:28 AM, Blogger ridgeBoy said...

It's a wonderful mural.

I Think.

 
At March 05, 2008 11:31 PM, Blogger fairest said...

the interviews on those smith tracks at the bottom of that link are hysterical:

Radio Guy: Why are you leaving Portland?

E. Smith: Well, I lost my band, and I'm not going out with my girlfriend anymore, so I figure it's time to leave town.

Radio Guy: I'm really striking out with my questions.

E. Smith: I'm gonna cheer up in a minute.

 
At September 14, 2009 9:42 PM, Anonymous David Downs said...

man, I am happy to see it is being restored, though I have a feeling once it is, it will just get ruined again by stupid people :(

 

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