"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)
Looks like there’s life after scandal — at least, if you’re willing to go out and meet your fans.
Paula Deen, who’s already been at work rehabbing her image with a series of cruises with fans, seems to have effectively put the scandal over her racist language behind her; she’s setting out on a nationwide tour with stops including Atlanta, Nashville, and Savannah.
It’s a return to the scene of the public-relations crime for Deen: Savannah is Deen’s hometown, and the location of the restaurant whose former employee sued Deen. In a deposition tied to that case, Deen admitted to having used the “n”-word, and to asking her employees to dress as slaves for a wedding. The subsequent period last summer was a difficult one for Deen, who lost sponsorship deals and saw her planned cookbook cancelled.
But time, evidently, heals all wounds: Deen will be delivering “cooking demos” and “storytelling” to her devoted fans. Maybe they never really went away. Her planned 2013 cookbook, after all, rose to #1 on the Amazon charts before it was cancelled, and her online Paula Deen Store is still operational. There, you can buy a 15-piece cookware set coated with Teflon — just like its impervious manufacturer.
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.
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)