"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)
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We can’t pretend to be objective observers of “The Hunting of the President,” the new documentary by director Harry Thomason and Nickolas Perry, which is based on the book of the same name by Salon’s own Joe Conason and Gene Lyons. That book — which drew heavily on Conason’s intrepid reporting for Salon and the New York Observer — documented in great detail the systematic campaign to attack the Clinton administration by a shadowy group of conservative activists, which was carried out by a frequently craven, misguided press corps.
We excerpted the book for Salon readers (here, here, here and here) and now offer this clip for those wanting to see what to expect from the documentary — which opens Friday July 16 in the San Francisco Bay Area, with theatres and subsequent release dates announced here.
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)