"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
At 1 o’clock, a program was scheduled in the makeshift bandshell, a brief medley of patriotic songs performed by the elementary school’s Lesbian Gay Straight Transgender Alliance, followed by two minutes for each of the three candidates for State Assembly, followed by the finale, the presentation of a lifetime achievement award for Karch Kiraly, perhaps the greatest volleyball player this nation has ever known, who was at the moment in the infirmary, having his head bandaged and ribs taped.
The rest of this story is no longer online, but does appear in the book “The Unforbidden Is Compulsory, or Optimism.”
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Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)