When Elliott Smith was brought on-stage at the Academy Awards

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©Kirk Jones

“When Elliott Smith was brought on-stage at the Academy Awards, I’m sure I was as surprised and as proud as anyone from the Portland music scene to see him there. I was thinking that he looked so out of place standing there with Madonna on one arm, and the nauseating Canadian Celine Dion on the other. I couldn’t help remembering the time just three years before when he and his band Heatmiser was playing in front of an unappreciative crowd at La Luna in Portland, when in the middle of a song some asshole in the crowd chucked a beer can that hit Smith in the forehead, when afterwards Smith commented in his characteristic soft and ironic tone, “That was cool….”

Kenric Ashe