"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)
Police have confirmed that hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty died at 11:30 am this morning in his New York home. The death is currently ruled a suicide; Lighty was discovered with a gunshot wound in his head and was thought to be struggling with financial and marital issues.
Support for Lighty and his family has been pouring in from celebrities, Twitter and media outlets as the hip-hop community comes to terms with his sudden death.
Many rappers and stars have commented on the beloved manager’s death; DJ Scratch tweeted seven times today, expressing the tremendous impact Chris Lighty had on his career. He wrote, “I’ve lost a lot of people in my life but this one takes the cake for me. I’m physically sick from hearing this,” and described Lighty as “the best manager.” Nick Cannon called him “a pioneer, a mentor, and a great friend”
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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)