Frontman and guitarist for the seminal experimental noise rock band Swans. He established the independent record label Young God Records in 1990.
He spent over four months in a Jerusalem jail for selling drugs when he was sixteen.
He released a collection of short fiction pieces called "The Consumer" in 1995.
He lived in Europe with is father, Robert Gira, as a child.
He and Swans' critically-acclaimed 2014 album "To Be Kind" features vocal contributions by indie pop star St. Vincent.