Michael Gira reveals the music that has soundtracked his life, in the new issue of Uncut, dated January 2015 and out now.

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Michael Gira reveals the music that has soundtracked his life, in the new issue of Uncut, dated January 2015 and out now.

The Swans leader picked tracks from Howlin’ Wolf, The Doors and a Tibetan chanting group, among others.

Discussing The Doors’ “The Crystal Ship”, Gira says: “My brethren were starting to take acid listening to The Doors’ debut as it came out, and at 13 I got it – I might have taken acid when I was 12.

“’The Crystal Ship’ is just an absolutely beautiful piece of music. My wife has found an a cappella version online, which is just unbelievably beautiful. If I was gay, I’d be Jim Morrison’s sex slave. At the time, when it was completely fresh and new, it was really a transporting experience.”

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