Michael Gira is the man responsible for Swans, Angels of Light, & Young God Records; a musician, author, and artist that has masterful skill at creating amazing songs by merging textured noise, raw rhythm, beautiful melodies, and haunting lyrics.
After his parents divorced, and living with his mother in Los Angeles didn't work out, Gira moved to Indiana with his father, and eventually they moved to Paris. He ran away from home and hitchhiked across Europe. He was arrested for selling drugs in Israel. Even though a teenager at the time, he was throw into an adult prison for 4 1/2 months. His father found him with the aid of Interpol and sent him back to the United States.