"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)
George R.R. Martin is tired of fans asking about when he’ll finish “A Song of Ice And Fire,” the fantasy series that guides HBO’s hit drama “Game of Thrones.” Martin famously spent more time crafting his series than it took for his editor to meet her future husband, get married and have a child, but he (rightly) bristles at the concern that, at 65, he might not live long enough to complete the two remaining books.
In an interview with a reporter for newspaper Tagesanzeiger, Martin gave a candid and absolutely badass response to those readers: “I find that question pretty offensive, frankly, when people start speculating about my death and my health,” he said. Then he flipped the bird and said, “So fuck you to those people.”
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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)