Exene Cervenka ‘Ignores’ Multiple Sclerosis, Hopes to Reunite Auntie Christ, Spinner.com

Exene Cervenka is ready. She arrives at Austin’s Red Eyed Fly two hours before her set — her hard-shell guitar case covered in mustard yellow fabric in hand and a look of focus on her face as she gets readied to perform at Bloodshot Records’ SXSW showcase.

Covered in what looks like a southern-style French maid’s outfit with three-quarter-length sleeves and a black-and-white pin reading “Power to the People” planted on her upper right breast, Cervenka is dressed for the occasion. After all, she’s been doing this for 35 years, ever since connecting with X partner — and first husband — singer John Doe at a poetry reading in the late 70s. Tonight, she’s playing her 10th SXSW show. “Or it could be 12. I don’t know,” the punk legend tells Spinner. “It’s all a blur.”

She’s there to support her latest solo effort, ‘Excitement of Nowhere.’ With bluegrass and, according to some reviews, country sounds, ‘Excitement’ may be the alter ego of the loud singer, who founded one of the most influential punk bands in history, but Cervenka doesn’t see any difference in what she’s doing now as opposed to her past work. Read More


~ by Tina Benitez-Eves on March 23, 2011.

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