Mike Ness was born in 1962 in Lynn, Massachusetts. His family relocated to Orange County, California later that year and he grew up roaming the streets of Fullerton. As a boy his heroes where not athletes or presidents; they were gangsters and guitar players. By the time Mike was a teen he would be playing in Social Distortion – a garage band that would profoundly impact the American Punk Rock movement. But long before he ever heard the Ramones, the Clash or the Sex Pistols Ness grew up listening to early rock and roll, as evidenced in the rootsy feel of his solo albums.