"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)
The state Senate is debating whether to abolish the death penalty in Illinois.
Critics say the state’s capital punishment system is fundamentally flawed and could wind up killing an innocent person. They say reforms made after a spate of wrongful convictions don’t offer enough protection.
Supporters say Illinois should keep the ultimate punishment for the most serious crimes.
The Illinois House has already voted to abolish the death penalty. If the Senate passes the measure, it will go to Gov. Pat Quinn.
It’s not clear what Quinn would do. He supports the death penalty, but has continued the long-standing moratorium on any executions in Illinois.
The bill is SB3539.
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)