Born in East Los Angeles to a body painting hippie musician and a dysfunctional mother who taught her to shoplift at the tender age of 9, Candye Kane has definitely lived a blues life. At 16, she set aside her dream of becoming a professional musician, forsaking a music scholarship at USC Music Conservatory. Like so many young girls in the ghetto, she became an unwed mother involved in the gang culture. She went on welfare to support herself and her young son. Realizing that welfare and food stamps were barely enough to survive, Kane became a sex worker. She appeared on the covers of over 150 magazines, with titles like Hustler, Juggs and Floppers. Soon Candye was a columnist, writing a monthly advice series for Gent Magazine. Simultaneously, she became involved in the burgeoning punk rock music scene of the early 80ï¿½s. Hollywood was brimming with musical talent and she found herself starting country punk bands and befriending and sharing the stage with musicians as diverse as Fear, Black Flag, Social Distortion, The Circle Jerks, Los Lobos, The Blasters and Dwight Yoakum.
Being a sexual libertine gave Kane a respected position in the anarchist musiciansï¿½ pecking order. She took her money from the lucrative sex business and began subsidizing her musical dreams. She hired musicians, wrote songs, booked studio time, plastered flyers all over Hollywood, got off welfare - all the while supporting herself and her child from her sex work bounty.