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Exene Cervenka
American singer, artist, and poet

Exene Cervenka

Exene Cervenka
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Intro American singer, artist, and poet
A.K.A. Christine Cervenka, Exene, Exene Cervenkova
Is Singer
From United States of America
Field Music
Gender female
Birth 1 February 1956, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, U.S.A.
Age 66 years
Spouse: Viggo Mortensen
Exene Cervenka
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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.

Early life

Cervenka was born in Mokena, Illinois, in the Chicago area, and is of Czech and Irish ancestry. She moved to Tallahassee, Florida with her family, where she lived from age 13 to 20. Cervenka dropped out of high school. After her mother died, she raised her sisters. Cervenka moved to Santa Monica, California, in the summer of 1976.

Cervenka had an older sister, Mirielle, a jewelry designer who lived in New York City. During a 1980 visit to Los Angeles, while en route to the Whisky A Go-Go nightclub to see X, Mirielle was hit by a drunk driver who ran a red light, and was killed instantly.

Music career

Cervenka at SXSW 2010

The 21-year-old Cervenka met 23-year-old musician John Doe at a poetry workshop at the Beyond Baroque Foundation in Venice, California. Cervenka started working there.

Billy Zoom and John Doe founded X in 1977. Doe asked Cervenka to join soon after. They released their debut album, Los Angeles, in 1980 and, over the next six years, five more albums.

Dave Alvin taught Cervenka how to play the guitar.


In 1982, Cervenka published Adulterers Anonymous, her first in a series of four books in collaboration with artist Lydia Lunch. She and Lunch also released a spoken word album, Rude Hieroglyphics, in 1996 and toured in support of the project.

From 1996 to 1999, John Roecker and Cervenka co-owned Los Angeles store "You've Got Bad Taste." The store specialized in kitsch and various "off-color" novelties.

In 1999, as Exene Červenková, she appeared in the cult video Decoupage 2000: Return of the Goddess, along with guests Karen Black and the band L7. She gave a reading of her poem "They Must Be Angels," and appeared in an interview skit with Decoupage 2000 hostess Summer Caprice.

Art career

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

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. They separated in 1992, and were divorced in 1997.

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

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


On June 2, 2009, Cervenka released a statement revealing that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. 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. In 2011, Cervenka said she may have been misdiagnosed. However, Cervenka had to cancel a Spring 2011 tour due to problems associated with her MS. 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.

Conspiracy theories

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.



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)


  • 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)
  • 1986: Ain't Love Grand! (Elektra Records)
  • 1987: See How We Are (Elektra/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/Rhino Records)
  • 2005: X – Live in Los Angeles (Shout! Factory)

The Knitters

  • 1985: Poor Little Critter on the Road (Slash/Rhino Records)
  • 2005: The Modern Sounds of the Knitters (Zoë Records)


  • 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.

Additional musical contributions

  • 1994: Applegate, Christina, and Elizabeth Pena. Across the Moon. Los Angeles, CA: Hemdale Home Video, 1994. ISBN 978-1-569-20068-1 Music composed by Christopher Tyng & Exene Cervenka
  • 1996: Honor: A Benefit for the Honor the Earth Campaign (Daemon Records). "The Future is a War" by Exene Cervenka
  • 1997: G.I. Jane original soundtrack (Hollywood Records). "The Future is a War" by Auntie Christ
  • 1999: One Man's Meat by Viggo Mortensen (Lightning Creek). Features Exene Cervenka on vocals, guitar
  • 2000: Stoned Immaculate: The Music of The Doors (Elektra Records). "Children of Night" by Perry Farrell and Exene
  • 2001: Punk-o-rama 2001, Vol. 6 (Epitaph Records). "We're Desperate" by Pennywise with Exene
  • 2002: Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three (Sanctuary). "Wasted" by Exene Cervenka
  • 2009: The People Speak original soundtrack (Verve Records). "See How We Are" by Exene Cervenka & John Doe
  • 2011: Kings and Queens by Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (Dramatico). "Made of Love" featuring Exene Cervenka


  • Urgh! A Music War (1982)
  • X: The Unheard Music (1985/1987, video; 1986/1987/2004, DVD; re-released 2011 Silver Anniversary Edition)
  • X - Live in Los Angeles (2005) – Shout! Factory: Concert by X in Los Angeles recorded live on November 26 and 27, 2004 ISBN 978-0-738-93185-2

Works or publications


One-person exhibitions

Two-person exhibitions

Group exhibitions

Exhibition catalogs

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