"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The Denver Post reports that The Sharon K. Pacheco Foundation rescinded an invitation for Sarah Palin to make a guest speech in May. Pacheco is an apolitical non-profit, designed to help military families and at-risk youth. So, in a political vacuum, Sarah may have seemed like a good choice because she’s a famous face with a serving son.
But, the organization may have gotten more than it bargained for. Fame has come with a price for the polarizing Palin. She’s equal parts loved and hated, and Pacheco perhaps decided that benefiting from the former was not worth incurring the latter. The foundation noted that: ”no direct threats have been made against anyone, but the recent increase in negative rhetoric against the former Alaska governor raises concern for her safety and the safety of others.”
Regardless of their motives, this frees Palin up for what should be a massively entertaining May 2nd NBC/Politico Republican presidential candidates debate.
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)