"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)
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, in strong terms condemned the excesses of NSA surveillance practices. In an interview with the Guardian, the celebrated computer scientist who 24 years ago created global inter-connectivity system, heaped specific anger at the fact the the spy agency had worked to weaken encryption standards, thus weakening the structural security of the very Internet.
The Guardian’s Ed Pilkington wrote that Berners-Lee called such efforts a “foolish” and a “betrayal of the technology industry.” He also commended the publication of Edward Snowden’s leaks as “in the public interest.”
“Civilization has to a certain extent depended on whistleblowers, and therefore you have to protect them,” Berners-Lee said, noting “Whistleblowers, and responsible media outlets that work with them, play an important role in society. We need powerful agencies to combat criminal activity online – but any powerful agency needs checks and balances, and based on recent revelations it seems the current system of checks and balances has failed.”
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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)