Former lead singer of the punk rock band The Dead Kennedys, as well as a solo musician and spoken word poet. He co-founded the Alternative Tentacle record label in 1979.
He studied acting and history at the University of Santa Cruz. His first punk band was The Healers, which he joined in the late 1970s.
He ran for president during the 2000 presidential election as a member of the Green Party.
He was previously married to Therese Soder but they divorced in 1986.
Biafra and Bryan Dexter Holland of The Offspring collaborated on the album Ixnay on the Hombre.