"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)
Though it’s an endorsement that is not likely to help the public’s perception of Justin Bieber, embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford has stepped up to offer his support for the Canadian singer.
The 19-year-old, who more than 100,000 want deported back to Canada, turned himself in to Canadian authorities on Wednesday after being charged for assaulting a limo driver in December. This is Bieber’s second arrest in a week, including arrest for a DUI and drag racing in Miami Beach.
Ford, who has had DUI troubles of his own (among many, many others), called into the D.C.-based radio show “The Sports Junkies” to remind us Americans that Bieber is far more successful than any of us were at 19, however.
“I wish I was as successful as he was,” said Ford — though he doesn’t like Bieber’s music.
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.More Prachi Gupta.
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)