"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)
Salon readers weigh in on guns in the classroom, Donald Trump and the sequester:
The role of the teacher gets bigger,
In ways that I simply can’t figger.
Teach reading and writing,
And make math exciting,
But also be quick on the trigger?
Bill Maher and The Donald are feuding,
For simian parents alluding.
With ego maligned,
Trump wants Maher fined,
When it’s really the apes should be suing.
There was a was a dreaded sequestration,
That menaced the fate of our nation.
So with courage and grace,
Congress hastened the pace,
Of their mutual masturbation!
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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)