If you're in a seminal band -- and, as any up-and-comer or long-and-stay-er can tell you, that's no easy thing to achieve -- you have to hope that you become synonymous with a sound or a city or a decade or vibe.
Owning one of those areas is major; more than one is practically unheard of.
But not for Exene Cervenka of X. She's a punk legend, out and out and she's very much of Los Angeles, so much so that her name regularly comes up first as musicians representative of our region's most provocative, genre-pushing, and ultimately lasting sound styles.
You're a fan? Good. Ms. Cervenka is throwing an estate sale, in Orange County, through Sunday, Feb. 16. The deal? You'll need to email to reserve a time slot to check it out.
Demand has been "overwhelming," says the sale site, and with good reason: This is music royalty we're talking about, and an artist with an eye for really nifty stuff. She's a fan of vintage goods and clothing, so buyers expect to see plenty of retro goodies on the tables, as well as original artwork by Ms. Cervenka.
"PUNK ROCK Memorabilia" and some beautiful guitars will be in the eclectic and lively line-up as well.
The singer has called the OC home for some time, but she's headed for Austin, Texas, says Rolling Stone. It's rather touching, in a sense, that many things she gathered in Southern California will find new homes in the region, forever reminding the lucky fan of the punk prowess of the artifact's former owner.
And such prowess, too. May we say two things here? One: Not only did Ms. Cervenka become synonymous with LA and punk -- a major feat -- but what was built in the 1980s, through her live stage shows with X's John Doe, also makes her a torch-carrier for the decade. Good on that.
And two? Cheers to Hidden LA for pointing us to this sale, which is fitting, since Hidden LA has a streak of punk spirit to it. Good on ya, HLA.