"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)
While speaking during a panel discussion for “This Week” on Sunday, right-wing pundit and GOP advisor Bill Kristol argued that everyone was making way too big a deal out of the patently racist comments from Donald Sterling, the owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers.
“Deeds matter more than speeches,” Kristol said in reference to a man who was caught on tape demanding his mistress refrain from being seen in public with black people. “I don’t think the L.A. Clippers are a bigoted organization,” Kristol added. “There’s no evidence of that.”
In 2009, NBA great and former longtime Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor sued Sterling for race-based and age-based discrimination. (A jury ruled in Sterling’s favor in 2011.) He has also been sued multiple times for alleged racial discrimination in his non-basketball private business dealings, too.
“Everyone goes hysterical over two or three sentences,” Kristol went on to say. “Private organizations can deal with, private businesses can fire people, I suppose.”
You can watch Kristol say that it doesn’t really matter whether the owner of an NBA team is a virulent racist below:
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)