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Memory Lane

Not many music fans can claim Beck as their career counselor, but that's exactly what he was to photographer Autumn de Wilde.

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"A lot of us who really cared about him had already said our goodbyes," she says of the period before Smith's death. But she still defends him. "There was an article that came out recently calling him a 'junkie songwriter.' But he was not a junkie songwriter — he became a junkie. He was not prolific because of drugs and alcohol. He was prolific and couldn't help it and made some very self-destructive choices towards the end. He was going through something, but it was a very private war."
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