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Laurentis Maxairitsas

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Λαυρέντης Μαχαιρίτσας (Lavrentis Macheritsas, born 11 May 1956) is a popular Greek rock musician from Volos.

He was born in Volos, and at the 6 he began taking piano lessons. These lessons lasted a year. At the age of 9 he bought his first record, which was Help! by The Beatles. After three years he discovered the record Revolver by the Beatles.

His first job was at a record store (Minos Matsas), but due to his lack of punctuality he was fired (chance has it that his current label is MINOS-EMI). He dropped out of school at a very young age, because he didn’t like school and because he had also started a fight with one of his teachers, which led to an expulsion from all high schools. He went through countless jobs, and he served in the army for 14 months (and an additional 5 to 6 months in military prisons).

When he left the army, he started singing with Πάνος Τζαβέλας in Sydrofia. At the age of 20 he (as Larry) formed a band called P.L.J. With him, Παύλος Κικρίλης (Pavlos Kirkilis-Paul), Τάκης Βασαλάκης (Takis Bassalakis-Jimmy), and Αντώνης Μιτζέλος (Antonis Mitzelos) completed the band.

They all moved to Paris with the hope of a musical career outside of Greece. In 1982, their first album titled “Armageddon” was released by Polygram. Their producer was Γιάννης Δουλάμης. Even though at the time the genre of rock played in “Armageddon” was not very popular, it is now considered to be one of the best Greek rock albums.

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