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Swing band frontman lifts lid on his life as a Scientologist

Scientologist Ian Clarkson of The Jive Aces says Scientology changed his life (Picture: Echo Syndica..

By admin , in UK , at November 27, 2017

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Swing band frontman lifts lid on his life as a Scientologist
Scientologist Ian Clarkson of The Jive Aces says Scientology changed his life (Picture: Echo Syndication)

It’s a religion that’s shrouded in secrecy and one that claims an intergalactic overlord killed humans with hydrogen bombs.

But a Scientologist has finally lifted the lid on what life is like within the secretive religion – and claims it has changed his life.

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Ian Clarkson, frontman of swing band the Jive Aces, turned to Scientology in 1991 after his life fell apart and he fell into alcohol and drug abuse.

The 53-year-old said: ‘My parents had split, my mother had passed away and I had split with my then-girlfriend. I started drinking a lot and getting on drugs and going downhill.

‘I was searching for something. I was looking at everything from astrology to Buddhism. I met my wife at a gig and she got me into it.’

Swing band frontman lifts lid on his life as a Scientologist
Without the religion he says he would still be a ‘womanising drinker’ (Picture: Echo Syndication)

Ian, who has been married to wife Grazia for 25 years, said: ‘We were walking through London past the Scientology centre and there was a sign saying ‘Free Personality Test’ and I did one and was given a copy of Dianetics.

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‘I started reading it and thought it was for me. It’s very practical like a self-help book.’

Dianetics, which contains Scientology’s core principles, was written in 1950 by L Ron Hubbard – a science fiction writer and the founder of the Church of Scientology.

The book refers to Xenu, a genocidal overlord who brought humans to Earth millions of years ago before killing them.

Swing band frontman lifts lid on his life as a Scientologist
The Jive Aces still tour today (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Ian said: ‘It showed me who I am in myself – not who I thought I was or was brought up to be. I was more able to be myself.

‘I seriously don’t think I’d be like this if it were not for Scientology. I’d still be a womanising drunk. It’s not part of the Church as such. I know some people believe in it and some don’t.

‘We basically address people as life sources who have a body and a life source that is governed. So it doesn’t really matter where you come from.

‘As far as I know there aren’t even that many aliens.’

Scientologists pay for courses to improve their understanding of Dianetics – and Ian once spent £1,000 on a two year course.

Swing band frontman lifts lid on his life as a Scientologist
L Ron Hubbard founded Scientology (Picture: Keystone Pictures USA/REX/Shutterstock)

Ian said: ‘The only difference is you pay a one-off fee and take as long as you like to complete it.’

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But Ian said: ‘Unlike many other things it literally changed my life.’

The Clarksons moved around a lot when Ian was young due to his father’s job in an insurance company, which included six years on the Wirral.

Swing band frontman lifts lid on his life as a Scientologist
The Jive Aces are a popular band (Picture: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

He said: ‘When I’m in Liverpool I feel like I’m from there. We used to live next to Paul McCartney’s brother. The Scouse sense of humour stays with me. I remember it wasn’t like anywhere else.’

Ian maintains Scientology has actually kept The Jive Aces, who reached the semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent in in 2012, together.

The Jive Aces are currently touring across Europe.

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