"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 art of former president and prolific painter George W. Bush has entered a new period, according to The New York Times. “After early self-portraits in the shower and then dozens of paintings of dogs and cats,” writes the Times in an article adapted from Peter Baker’s “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House,” “Mr. Bush, it seems, has now moved on to world leaders.”
During the exit interview of Bush’s public policy institute executive director James K. Glassman, Bush was more than eager to discuss himself and his ever-expanding ouevre. With more than 50 paintings of dogs under his belt, Bush is going to attempt to paint 19 “foreign presidents and prime ministers he worked with during his time in the White House.” The Telegraph speculates that the portraits could include Tony Blair, Silvio Berlusconi, Vladimir Putin, Jacques Chirac and Angela Merkel.
One assumes that these portraits, unlike his others, will not be nudes in showers — but really, who knows?
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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)