"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 has been an indicting week for the Florida police. First, a local sheriff defended his officers for carrying out “standard protocols” when they shot an unarmed 65-year-old black man 15 times in his own driveway. Now, police in Miami Beach face investigation after Tasering to death 18-year-old graffiti artist Israel Hernandez.
The teen’s death followed an on-foot chase with local police after he was reportedly caught illegally spray-painting private property. The Miami police chief said in a statement: “During the foot pursuit, the subject encountered officers face to face … and ignored officers’ commands to stop. In order to affect his arrest, an officer deployed his conducted electrical weapon.”
Following the Tasering, the police reportedly noticed Hernandez was showing signs of distress. He was taken to hospital and was later pronounced dead.
The 140-pound teen’s family is calling for an independent investigation, while the city and the state attorney’s office are both looking into the incident.
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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)