Swans :: Leaving Meaning

Michael Gira lived a thousand lives before Swans. He grew up in Los Angeles during the 1960s with absent parents. He was constantly snagged by the cops for misdemeanors, eventually winding up in Germany with his father to avoid any further heavy handed law enforcement. It was in Germany where he ditched his dad and wound up in Israeli jail a year later for selling hashish after hitchhiking across Europe with some hippies. He turned sixteen in a jail cell. When Gira saw punk rock for the first time back in L.A. it was massively influential experience . . .

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