Swans way

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1984 involved discovering life outside of the southern 1968 Wimpy housing estate of my youth.   Catching National Express coaches to join  demonstrations  supporting the miners strike.   Being picked-up by the police  on the main streets of Birmingham city centre under suspicion of being a prostitue*.      A friends suicide,  numerous confidences of experiences of rapes.    According to the Birmingham rape crisis centre in 1984 an estimated 1 in 4 women were raped by the time they are 21 years.   There was a fabulous music scene in Birmingham  and it attracted many upcoming artistes from around the cournty  to the smaller venus.   The midlands had soul.    

In Birmingham Swansway played ‘Soul Train’**

(warning: this video  includes Sax)

* girls not accompanied by a men walking  outside after dark,   the only possible justification for this wreckless behaviour was prosititution

** the video ends before the eerie last notes of the song….   I bought their album ‘The Fugitive Kind’ which is exceptional way beyond its recognition.

Swans way
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