"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)
Thousands of pro-democracy activists in Morocco demonstrated Sunday around the country two days after the king’s new constitution was overwhelmingly approved in a referendum.
The February 20 democracy movement, whose demonstrations over the past few months prompted King Mohammed VI to initiate his own reforms, showed it could still bring thousands into the streets.
The movement, which is calling for a parliamentary monarchy, has rejected the amended constitution, saying it still leaves most powers in the king’s hands and does little to address society’s problems.
At least 2,000 people marched through downtown Rabat chanting slogans decrying corruption and tyranny as well as the new constitution.
Small pockets of government supporters could be seen in the streets near the demonstration, but police kept the two groups separated.
In Morocco’s largest city of Casablanca, however, the two groups clashed, with supporters of the king hurling stones and chasing democracy activists through the streets.
An Associated Press photographer was at one point set upon by a gang of government supporters and beaten and his equipment damaged before he was rescued by a police officer.
There were also demonstrations in the port city of Tangiers and the popular tourist destination of Marrakech.
The North African country of 32 million has been swept by pro-democracy protests — like in other countries across the Arab world — denouncing low wages, poor education and perceptions of widespread government corruption.
While the government and politicians are often despised, the 47-year-old king himself remains popular and protests have not reached the levels scene elsewhere in the region.
The February 20 movement has pledged to keep up its weekly demonstrations until there is what they perceive to be real reform.
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)