Punk rock

Exene Cervenka of L.A. Punk Band X Moving to Texas Because California Has Become "A Liberal Oppressive Police State and Regulations and Taxes and Fees"

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Exene Cervenka, singer from classic Los Angeles punk band X, has been making news this week for her massive estate sale, ongoing right now.

She's shipping out to Texas, and she tells Rolling Stone why:

"The other reason I'm moving, if the creek don't rise, is that when I moved to California in 1976, Jerry Brown was governor. It was barefoot hippie girls, Hell's Angels on the Sunset Strip, East L.A. lowriders, the ocean and nature. It was this fabulous incredible place about freedom. Now when I think about California, I think of a liberal oppressive police state and regulations and taxes and fees. I'd rather go someplace and have my own little place out on the edge of town. I'm a country girl at heart. It makes me happy when I see people in Texas open-carrying. It makes me feel safe. I'm not even a gun owner, but I'd like to see a gun rack in every pickup truck, like my boyfriend had when I was fifteen years old in Florida. An armed society is a polite society."

She cracks a smile. "Now Jerry Brown's governor again. He's done some great things, like balancing the budget and libraries are open on Sundays. But things are getting to the point in this country where people are going to have to fight to survive and fight for their rights."

I wrote a while back about the pro-market heresies of Pere Ubu punk David Thomas, and back in 2000 about the inescapably strange politics of anti-market rock n' rollers.