"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)
Looking back some day, we might remember this moment as the one when the seriously overhyped phenomenon known as citizen journalism finally jumped the proverbial shark.
Joe the Plumber (real name Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher) has just announced that he’ll be traveling to Israel as a reporter, sponsored by Pajamas TV, a Web site run by Pajamas Media, a right-leaning blog network.
Describing the company’s plans to report from Israel in a recent blog post, Pajamas Media co-founder Roger Simon wrote that they intended to “right” what they perceive as an anti-Israel “imbalance” in the mainstream media’s coverage.
Of course, Joe’s not exactly a noted truth-teller himself: The question that made him famous was predicated on the idea that he’d be affected by Obama’s plan to raise taxes on those who make more than $250,000 a year. It was later revealed, however, that he wouldn’t reach that threshold and might in fact be eligible for a tax cut.
Wurzelbacher also made headlines during the campaign when, in response to a question from a McCain supporter, he said he believed that a vote for Barack Obama was tantamount to a vote for the death of Israel.
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.More Alex Koppelman.
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)
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