"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)
It was less than two weeks ago that the students, faculty and campus community at Vassar College came together to turn a visit from hate group Westboro Baptist into an unprecedented fundraising opportunity for LGBTQ rights. The week before that, people in Clatyon, Missouri drowned out a Westboro protest with chants of “Love conquers all.”
And yesterday, residents of Santa Monica came out — in droves — to counter yet another scheduled Westboro appearance. The hate group had protested outside the Oscars on Sunday, and chose Santa Monica high school as its next target because of the school’s pro-LGBTQ student policies — oh, and its proximity to their Oscar activities. (Gas prices being what they are, even bigots have to be practical about commuting!)
Students came out en mass to defend their school against Westboro’s hateful presence, joined by parents, faculty members and others from the community. Their numbers overwhelmed the hate group’s turnout, ultimately sending them packing.
In addition to the news that an entire town banded together to stand for love, the video also serves as a feel good afternoon bump.
Watch it 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)