"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)
Upon the close of March Madness, Jon Stewart has taken some time to reflect on the
glory exploitation of college sports, an industry that generates billions of dollars off the backs of student athletes, who see virtually none of that money.
This may be changing, however, as football players at Northwestern, who spend 50-60 hours a week on football, not academics, have won recognition as employees by the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago.
Of course, the NCAA and Northwestern don’t want athletes to unionize, insisting their athletes are in college to learn and study. Stewart rips this falsehood apart: “While many big time college sports schools have made a mockery of academic standards for athletes, in order to continue to compete at the highest levels, creating no-show classes, predetermined majors and grades to maintain the illusion of academic compliance — point taken.”
“We like our exploitative, overwhelmingly financially advantageous, to us, draconian collegiate model!” Stewart said, mocking the NCAA. “I mean, you know the expression: If they’re broke, why fix it?”
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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)