Exene Cervenka

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Exene Cervenka
Exene.jpg
Exene Cervenka at The Chestnut Cabaret in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 30th, 1986
Background information
Birth name Christene Lee Cervenka
Also known as Exene, Exene Cervenková
Born (1956-02-01) February 1, 1956 (age 61)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, poet, musician, visual artist
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 1978–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website exenecervenka.net

Exene Cervenka (born Christene Lee Cervenka; February 1, 1956) is an American singer, artist, and poet, known for her work as a singer in the California punk rock band X.[1]

Art career[edit]

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. 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.

Personal life[edit]

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. On January 28, 1988, Cervenka gave birth to a son, Henry Blake Mortensen. Mortensen and Cervenka lived in Idaho for three years.[2] They separated in 1992, and were divorced in 1997.[3]

Cervenka married musician Jason Edge, who went on to play in her band, Original Sinners.[4] Edge and Cervenka are now divorced.[5]

Cervenka moved from Los Angeles to Jefferson City, Missouri[2] for four years, and then returned to Southern California.[6] She now lives in Orange County.[7][8]

Health[edit]

On June 2, 2009, Cervenka released a statement revealing that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.[9][10] 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.[11] In 2011, Cervenka said she may have been misdiagnosed.[7][12] However, Cervenka had to cancel a Spring 2011 tour due to problems associated with her MS.[13] 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.[14]

Conspiracy theories[edit]

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 Isla Vista 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.[15][16][17]

Discography[edit]

X[edit]

Singles, soundtracks, compilations, etc.[edit]

Albums[edit]

The Knitters[edit]

Solo[edit]

Bands[edit]

Other[edit]

  • 1985: Wanda Coleman, Exene Cervenka: Twin Sisters LP (Freeway). Poetry performance recorded at McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA on February 1, 1985.
  • 1995: Lydia Lunch & Exene Cervenka: Rude Hieroglyphics (Rykodisc). Recorded live at the Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL on March 20, 1995.
  • 1999: Decoupage 2000: Return of the Goddess. Read poem "They Must Be Angels" and appeared in an interview skit.[23]
  • 2012: John Doe & Exene Cervenka: Singing and Playing (Moonlight Graham Records). Recorded at Way Station April 2–3, 2010.[24]

Additional musical contributions[edit]

Video[edit]

Works or publications[edit]

Exhibitions[edit]

One-person exhibitions[edit]

Two-person exhibitions[edit]

Group exhibitions[edit]

Exhibition catalogs[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Exene Cervenka: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Trucks, Rob (May 20, 2008). "Interview: Exene Cervenka of X". Village Voice. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ Heller, Zoe (December 2, 2011). "Viggo Talks and Talks". New York Times. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ Yokoland. "Exene Cervenka". Swindle Magazine. Archived from the original on February 28, 2008. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ McCall, Michael (February 4, 2010). "Somewhere Gone from Exene Cervenka". Nashville Scene. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ Lewis, Randy (October 6, 2009). "Keeping up with Exene Cervenka". L.A. Times. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Fadroski, Kelli Skye (June 1, 2011). "Exene tells it straight on X, illness and O.C.". Orange County Register. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ Zaleski, Annie (October 21, 2009). "Somewhere Out There: Exene Cervenka's new solo record, Somewhere Gone, has strong roots in Missouri". Riverfront Times. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "A Statement from Exene Cervenka". Bloodshot Records. June 2, 2009. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ Radford, Chad (February 1, 2010). "Despite her MS diagnosis, Exene Cervenka lives for the moment". Creative Loafing. Creative Loafing Atlanta. Archived from the original on February 18, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ Cervenka, Exene (June 2, 2009). "A Statement from Exene Cervenka". ExeneCervenka.com. Archived from the original on July 30, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ Ohanesian, Liz (October 6, 2006). "Exene Cervenka Returns to Southern California". LA Weekly. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Exene Cervenka Cancels Tour". Bloodshot Records. April 4, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ Stafford, James (27 July 2015). "In Conversation With X's John Doe". Diffuser.fm. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "'80s Punk Star Exene Cervenka Claims Santa Barbara Shooting Was a Hoax". Radio.com. May 28, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  16. ^ Brown, Eric (June 1, 2014). "X Singer Exene Cervenka's Santa Barbara Shooting Conspiracy Theory Is One of Many". International Business Times. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  17. ^ Hicks, Tony (May 29, 2014). "Punk legend Exene Cervenka calls Santa Barbara shooting 'hoax'". Contra Costa Times. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  18. ^ Palmer, Robert (June 23, 1982). "Pop Life; New Album Shows X Has Grown". New York Times. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  19. ^ Pareles, Jon (July 20, 1995). "Pop Review; John Doe and Exene Go a Little Bit Country". New York Times. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  20. ^ Pareles, Jon (October 29, 1989). "Reviews/Music; Half of X Equals Cervenka". New York Times. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  21. ^ Gray, Chris (January 27, 2010). "Inquiring Minds: Exene Cervenka on Losing a Friend, Weeping Willows, Albums as Collage and Her Good Buddy Biscuit". Houston Press. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  22. ^ Steffens, Charlie (March 2011). "An Interview with Exene Cervenka". AMP Magazine. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Decoupage 2000". Decoupagetv.com. Retrieved January 2, 2011. 
  24. ^ Bose, Lilledeshan (May 23, 2012). "How Exene Cervenka Came to Rule Over the Boy's Club". KCET. KCETLink. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  25. ^ Maslin, Janet (November 21, 1986). "Film: 'Unheard Music'". New York Times. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Kevin Costner in a "Lost" Western Movie Found and Released Exclusively Online" (PDF). Bad Day Movie. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  27. ^ Derrick, Lisa (July 20, 2010). "Bad Day: Kevin Costner's Secret Movie Released Online". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  28. ^ Bartruff, James (August 17, 1986). "Fiction : Poetry Loves Poetry, edited by Bill Mohr; photographs by Sheree Levin.". L.A. Times. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Exene Cervenka Interview". Shaved Neck. June 26, 2002. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  30. ^ Maslin, Janet (November 1, 2006). "Viggo Mortensen's Unusual Role: Indie Publishing Mogul". New York Times. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 

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