"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)
Katy Perry, pop star and record label owner, has offered to write Hillary Clinton’s campaign song if the former secretary of state decides to run for the presidential campaign. Clinton, currently touring to promote her book, “Hard Choices,” posed with Perry at a recent event:
It seems like Clinton was into the idea, citing Perry’s recent single from “Prism” as a pretty good model:
.@katyperry Well that’s not a Hard Choice. You already did! Keep letting us hear you Roar.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 22, 2014
“Roar,” with lyrics, “I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire/‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar/Louder, louder than a lion,” has “taken on a life of its own,” Perry told “Good Morning America” recently. Staples joined her campaign, “Make Roar Happen,” to donate $1 million in funding for teachers and classrooms through DonorsChoose.org. Meanwhile, Perry kicked off her North American Prismatic Tour Sunday.
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)