AGES BEFORE COURTNEY LOVE COPPED RHINESTONE TIARAS AND Depression-era dresses (at least in her pre-Versace days), Exene Cervenka of the seminal Los Angeles band X offered young punk rock girls an alternative to the prevailing disco glam, preppie conformism and, in the case of their own music, the testosterone-dominated slam scene.

With bassist, now-former husband John Doe, the pair howled about love lost and found, and social issues, against a thrusting, yet melodic melding of punk rock, rockabilly, country and even metal. Cervenka continues to write music and tour with X, as well as her other band Original Sinners. She also works the spoken word circuit with her outspoken poetry. And she raises the teenage son she had with her second ex, actor Viggo Mortensen, and lives with her third husband, Jason Edge, in the oceanside community of Palos Verdes.

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