"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 New York Post Tuesday reported on a Brooklyn federal lawsuit which charges NYPD officers with forcing a handcuffed young man to rap for his freedom.
Quinshon Shingles, 28, claims that in 2011 “vicious, wicked and cold-hearted” cops demanded that in order to be released he had to rap an entire song, and that it had to be deemed good enough by the plain clothes officers, who had entered Shingles’ friend’s home without a warrant, handcuffing those present.
“The officers then told the plaintiff Quinshon Shingles to show them some ‘spits and bars,’ specifically to perform a rap song, and that if he was ‘hot’ they would let him go,’ the lawsuit claims. Shingles duly performed and the cops removed his handcuffs and left the premises, having found no contraband in the apartment.
Shingles and the owner of the home in which the incident reportedly took place are suing the police department for illegal search and false imprisonment.
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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)