Exene Cervenka Biography
Exene Cervenka (Christine Cevenkova )is an American singer, artist, and poet. She is best known for her work as a singer in the California punk rock band X.
Her surname pronounced as “czer-vehn-kuh”. Exene is one of the leaders of the late-’70s/early-’80s California punk explosion, Exene Cervenka has also issued solo albums, launched several sidebands, and penned books.
Through a local poetry workshop, Cervenka met John Doe, and the seeds of what would eventually become X were planted. With both sharing vocal duties (and Doe doubling on bass), Doe’s friend Billy Zoom supplied guitar in a Duane Eddy style and was soon followed by the arrival of drummer D.J. Bonebrake, resulting in the birth of X in 1977.
Exene Cervenka Age
Exene was born on February 1, 1956, in Los Angeles, California. He is 65 years old.
Viggo Mortensen Exene Cervenka
From 1980 to 1985 Exene was married to John Doe. In 1986 she met her second husband Viggo Mortensen on the set of the comedy Salvation!, a parody of televangelism. Mortensen played her husband Jerome. The couple married on July 8, 1987.
Exene gave birth to a son, Henry Blake Mortensen on January 28, 1988. The couple lived in Idaho for three years. The pair separated in 1992 and were divorced in 1997.
Exene married musician Jason Edge, who went on to play in her band, Original Sinners. The couple is now divorced. She moved from Los Angeles to Jefferson City, Missouri for four years, and then returned to Southern California. Exene now lives in Orange County.
Exene Cervenka Sister
Exene was born in Illinois. She was a carefree country kid until, when she was 15, her mother died and she moved to Florida where she raised her younger sisters. Her older sister, Mirielle, a jewelry designer, was in Los Angeles in 1980, walking to see X play at Whisky a Go-Go when she was struck and killed by a drunk driver.
Exene Cervenka Health
Exene released a statement revealing that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis on June 2, 2009. 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. Exene said she may have been misdiagnosed in 2011.
However, she had to cancel a Spring 2011 tour due to problems associated with her MS. John Doe said during a July 2015 interview that the multiple sclerosis diagnosis was a misdiagnosis, that Exene after consulting with various doctors who were not able to diagnose her, is healthy.
Exene Cervenka Conspiracy theories
Exene, as a self-styled “conspiracy therapist,” has 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 her conspiracy-related YouTube videos are no longer available for viewing.
Exene Cervenka Discography
Singles, soundtracks, compilations, etc.
- 1978: Adult Books/We’re Desperate 7″ (Dangerhouse Records)
- 1979: Yes L.A. compilation (Dangerhouse Records)
- 1980: The Decline of Western Civilization soundtrack (Spheeris Films/Slash Records): “Beyond and
- Back,” “Johnny Hit and Run Paulene,” “Nausea,” “Unheard Music,” “We’re Desperate”
- 1980: No Questions Asked by Flesh Eaters (Slash Records)
- 1982: Urgh! A Music War soundtrack (A&M Records)
Exene Cervenka Albums
- 1980: Los Angeles (Slash Records)
- 1981: Wild Gift (Slash Records)
- 1982: Under the Big Black Sun (Elektra Records)
- 1983: More Fun in the New World (Elektra Records)
- 1985: Ain’t Love Grand! (Elektra Records)
- 1987: See How We Are (Elektra Records/Asylum Records)
- 1988: Live at the Whisky a Go-Go (Elektra/Asylum Records)
- 1993: Hey Zeus! (Big Life Records)
- 1995: Unclogged (Infidelity Recordings/Sunset Boulevard)
- 1997: Beyond and Back: The X Anthology (Elektra Records)
- 2004: The Best: Make the Music Go Bang! (Elektra Records/Rhino Records)
- 2005: X – Live in Los Angeles (Shout! Factory)
- The Knitters
- 1985: Poor Little Critter on the Road (Slash Records/Rhino Records)
- 2005: The Modern Sounds of the Knitters (Zoë Records)
Exene Cervenka Solo
- 1989: Old Wives’ Tales (Rhino Records)
- 1990: Running Sacred (RNA (Rhino New Artists))
- 1994: Exene Cervenka (Wordcore Volume 7) 7″ (Kill Rock Stars)
- 1995: Surface To Air Serpents (213CD/Thirsty Ear Recordings)
- 2009: Somewhere Gone (Bloodshot Records)
- 2011: The Excitement of Maybe (Bloodshot Records)
- 1997: Life Could Be A Dream as Auntie Christ (Lookout Records)
- 2002: Original Sinners as Original Sinners (Nitro Records)
- 2006: Sev7en as Exene Cervenka and the Original Sinners (Nitro Records)
- 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
- 2012: John Doe & Exene Cervenka: Singing and Playing (Moonlight Graham Records). Recorded at Way Station April 2–3, 2010.
Exene Cervenka Net Worth
Exene has an estimated net worth of $45 million.