Exene Cervenka
American musician
Exene Cervenka
Exene Cervenka is an American writer, musician and artist, most famous as the co-lead vocalist of the Los Angeles punk rock band X.
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A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: 'It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts'
NPR - 8 months
John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of the band X discuss punk's early days. "Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there," Cervenka says. Originally broadcast May 2, 2016.
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A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: 'It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts'
NPR - 8 months
John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of the band X discuss punk's early days. "Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there," Cervenka says. Originally broadcast May 2, 2016.
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Fresh Air Weekend: A Personal History Of L.A. Punk; Comic Jerrod Carmichael
NPR - 10 months
John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of X discuss punk's early days. Jerrod Carmichael says that the complicated family debates on his NBC comedy series are inspired by real life.
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A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: 'It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts'
NPR - 10 months
John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of X join Fresh Air to discuss punk's early days. "Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there," Cervenka says. "[It] didn't matter how old you were."
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X's Exene Cervenka Cleans Out Her Closet
Rolling Stone - about 3 years
In a compact industrial space in Orange Country California punk-rock icon Exene Cervenka surveys the possessions she's ditching "I've read all these books" she says "Books are something you should share" She points out a vinyl copy of the Pogues' Rum Sodomy and the Lash – she'd like it to end up...
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X's Exene Cervenka is having an estate sale
LATimes - about 3 years
One can only imagine the caliber of punky treasures lurking around the back of Exene Cervenka 's closet. Now you can find out for yourself, because the X singer and L.A. punk/country doyenne is having an estate sale this Thursday .
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Conversations with John Fogerty, Marky Ramone, Tom Odell and The Sadies' Dallas Good, Plus Slowriter's "Omen" Exclusive
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A Conversation with John Fogerty Mike Ragogna: Hey John, how are you? John Fogerty: I'm good Michael, how are you? MR: I'm pretty good. This looks like the year of John Fogerty, what the heck is happening? JF: [laughs] That's funny. I'm just staying busy, I guess. MR: You are staying busy, sir. You have a major tour schedule, kicking off part of at the Nokia Theatre in LA. You're focusing performing full Creedence albums in addition to your own. Where did the idea came from to perform the Creedence catalog? JF: Doing the old albums probably came from my wife. The idea is to play the entire album from first cut side one to last cut side two, which is interesting to even think about in this day and age. You know how nowadays, things come through the ether. The idea of trying to explain to somebody that there was one side and another side, they'd probably just stand there with their eyes glazing over. So it sort of focuses on that group of songs and it's a concept of a place to go ...
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Ray Manzarek: X's Exene Cervenka, John Doe remember a friend
LATimes - almost 4 years
The Doors keyboardist, who died Monday at 74, produced L.A. punk band X's first four albums. Exene Cervenka and John Doe recall him as a generous teacher. The music that keyboardist Ray Manzarek made as part of the Doors helped define the 1960s, and also was a crucial part of the Southern California music scene in the latter half of that decade. Two generations of L.A. music met in the late 1970s when Manzarek connected with punk band X to produce the group's first four studio albums. The band's songwriters and lead singers, Exene Cervenka and bassist John Doe, reflect on the music of the Doors and their relationship with Manzarek, who died Monday at 74 of cancer.
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Rock Duo Demands Your Happiness
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK -- The phrase "O' Be Joyful" is more than an album title for the country-rock duo Shovels & Rope. It's a command. It's hard not to be swept up in the spirit watching Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent perform, switching off on guitars, harmonicas, a keyboard and makeshift drum set with tambourine attached. They've been compared to Johnny Cash and June Carter, although the vocal mix often recalls Exene Cervenka and John Doe of the punk band X. They developed a following gradually, selling out every venue on their last tour and performing "Birmingham" on David Letterman's "Late Show." The song tells of the courtship of this Charleston, S.C.-based married couple. "It solidified what we do for a living to our parents in a certain way," Hearst said. "Now that we're full-grown adults, our parents can relax in their easy chairs knowing that we managed to weasel our way onto Letterman, so it's probably going to work out." They met on the music scene as b ...
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Michael Bialas: Shovels & Rope's Michael Trent & Cary Ann Hearst Make Joyful Noise
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst like to play rough together. And by following the two-heads-are-better-than-one line of thinking, they hope to make some noise after officially turning their solo acts into a duo called Shovels & Rope two years ago. The first product of this Odd Couple-like relationship is O' Be Joyful (Dualtone Records), a homemade record seared with country rock and punk influences. Their 11 well-crafted songs, some that belong in a Coen Brothers movie, include double shots full of piss and vinegar. Already landing on the Americana charts before the album's July 31 release, they're taking their act to the West Coast, followed by a documentary film crew out of Nashville called the Moving Pictures Boys that's been shooting footage of them for the past two years. Trent, 34, (left) and Hearst, 32, seem like polar opposites, and their decidedly different geographical roots are largely responsible for that. The Denver dude had trouble staying in a " ...
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Album review: Damon Albarn's 'Dr Dee'
LATimes - almost 5 years
Damon Albarn seems about as busy as a pop star can be. In March the frontman of both Blur and Gorillaz released “Rocket Juice & the Moon,” a trippy Afro-funk disc he made with drummer Tony Allen and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers; next month we’ll see the fruit of his recent collaboration with the great soul singer Bobby Womack. And this summer Blur is scheduled to play a massive concert at London’s Hyde Park to end the Olympic Games. Given that schedule, you might expect frenzy from “Dr Dee,” the first album issued under Albarn’s name since 2003. Instead, the record opens with the sound of birds and rushing water and grows only more contemplative from there. A studio companion to a so-called “English opera” that premiered last year in Manchester, “Dr Dee” explores the life and work of the Elizabethan polymath John Dee; it features Albarn on vocals along with contributions by Allen, guitarist Simon Tong (formerly of the Verve) and members of the BBC Philharmonic, among others ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Exene Cervenka
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 59
    During a July 2015 interview, John Doe said that the multiple sclerosis diagnosis was a misdiagnosis, that Cervenka, after consulting with various doctors who were not able to diagnose her, is healthy.
    More Details Hide Details Cervenka, as a self-styled "conspiracy therapist" has recently provoked controversy on social media and on YouTube, under the name "Christine Notmyrealname" by advancing conspiracy theories including the view that the Santa Barbara shootings were a hoax designed to bring about stricter gun control laws. After the backlash, she has issued an apology on her Facebook and Twitter accounts and the conspiracy related YouTube videos are no longer available for viewing.
  • 2011
    Age 55
    However, Cervenka had to cancel a Spring 2011 tour due to problems associated with her MS.
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    In 2011, Cervenka said she may have been misdiagnosed.
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  • 2009
    Age 53
    On June 2, 2009, Cervenka released a statement revealing that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
    More Details Hide Details Well before this diagnosis, she and X have actively supported Sweet Relief, a charity that aids uninsured artists. Sweet Relief was begun by musician Victoria Williams when she herself was diagnosed with MS.
  • FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 49
    In 2005, her journals and mixed media collages were exhibited in a one-person exhibition titled America the Beautiful at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
    More Details Hide Details The exhibit was curated by Kristine McKenna and Michael Duncan. An expanded version of the exhibition traveled to DCKT Contemporary in New York in January 2006.
  • 2000
    Age 44
    She gave a reading of her poem "They Must Be Angels," and appeared in an interview skit with Decoupage 2000 hostess Summer Caprice.
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  • 1999
    Age 43
    In 1999, as Exene Červenková, she appeared in the cult video Decoupage 2000: Return of the Goddess, along with guests Karen Black and the band L7.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1996
    Age 40
    From 1996 to 1999, John Roecker and Cervenka co-owned Los Angeles store "You've Got Bad Taste."
    More Details Hide Details The store specialized in kitsch and various "off-color" novelties.
  • 1988
    Age 32
    On January 28, 1988, Cervenka gave birth to a son, Henry Blake Mortensen. Mortensen and Cervenka lived in Idaho for three years. They separated in 1992, and were divorced in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Cervenka married musician Jason Edge, who went on to play in her band, Original Sinners. Edge and Cervenka are now divorced. Cervenka moved from Los Angeles to Jefferson City, Missouri for four years, and then returned to Southern California. She now lives in Orange County.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 26
    In 1982, Cervenka published Adulterers Anonymous, her first in a series of four books, in collaboration with artist Lydia Lunch.
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  • 1980
    Age 24
    Cervenka was married to John Doe from 1980 to 1985. She met her second husband, Viggo Mortensen, in 1986 on the set of the comedy Salvation!, a parody of televangelism. Mortensen played her husband, Jerome. They married on July 8, 1987.
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    They released their debut album, Los Angeles, in 1980 and, over the next six years, five more albums.
    More Details Hide Details Dave Alvin taught Cervenka how to play the guitar.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1976
    Age 20
    Cervenka moved to Santa Monica, California, in the summer of 1976. Cervenka had an older sister, Mirielle, a jewelry designer who lived in New York City. During a 1980 visit to Los Angeles, while en route to the Whisky A Go-Go nightclub to see X, Mirielle was hit by a drunk driver who ran a red light, and was killed instantly.
    More Details Hide Details The 21-year-old Cervenka met 23-year-old musician John Doe at a poetry workshop at the Beyond Baroque Foundation in Venice, California. Cervenka started working there. Billy Zoom and John Doe founded X in 1977. Doe asked Cervenka to join soon after.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 0
    Born on February 1, 1956.
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