|Birth name||Marissa Paternoster|
|Origin||New Brunswick, New Jersey|
|Genres||Punk rock, indie rock|
|Labels||Don Giovanni Records|
|Associated acts||Screaming Females, Noun, Garbage (band)|
Paternoster's mother and father met while both teachers for the Elizabeth, New Jersey Public Schools. Her mother, Leslie Okun, was a gifted art teacher who suffered from fragile health and now resides in Florida. Her father Angelo Paternoster is a school principal in New Jersey. Marissa attended Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts where she became interested in music and formed Screaming Females.
In a 2012 list she was named the 77th greatest guitarist of all time by Spin magazine.
- "SPIN's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". SPIN magazine. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
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