If Exene Cervenka is anything, it’s outspoken. The former member of X, an American punk rock band that was formed in Los Angeles in 1977, has a new solo album out on Bloodshot Records and we were excited to have her stop by Ardent Studios before her solo show to play a few songs with us and chat about politics.
X was among the first wave of American punk bands, the original members included singer Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer DJ Bonebrake. We were a little unprepared for the subject matter of our interview, but the songs were amazing! You can stream more great music from Exene Cervenka on her website. Also, if after listening to this interview you are confused about Cervenka’s mention of the underground city – just as I was – check out this link for reference.
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“In August of 1976 Exene Cervenka moved to Los Angeles, because she knew she had to get out of Florida. She arrived in town with $80 in a paper bag and wound up living with 5 people in a 1-room apartment in Ocean Park. A short time later she began working in Venice in the library at the literary arts center, Beyond Baroque, where she was allowed to live upstairs.”
“X, the punk band formed in 1977 by Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, John Doe, and D.J. Bonebrake, came along just in time for those of us coming of age in the mid-’70′s who were discovering that the conventional path through life wasn’t an option. In Los Angeles at that point in time our numbers proved to be legion, and we found each other at L.A.’s seminal punk petri dish, The Masque.” —Kristine McKenna
More of Exene Cervenka’s story can be read here.
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