|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), Bad Canoes|
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, taught her how to play guitar. Marissa attended Roselle Catholic High School and then 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.
- Oshinsky, Matthew (5 October 2009). "Screaming Females and New Brunswick's Punk Scene". NJ.com.
- Stewart, Allison (23 January 2014). "That the shredder is a she needs no apology". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
- "Visual Arts alum finds success in rock band Screaming Females". Mason Gross School of the Arts Website. May 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
- "SPIN's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". SPIN magazine. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
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