Smith Start, Brix

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Smith Start, Brix Gender: F
Laura Elisse Salenger
born on 12 November 1962 at 08:30 (= 08:30 AM )
Place Los Angeles Cedars of Lebanon, California, 34n0546, 118w1740
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 19°49' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 00°29 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 15°23'

Brix Smith Start (with The Fall, performing on Perverted By Language Tour, Hamburg (Markthalle), 13 April 1984)
photo: The original uploader was Kekslover at English Wikipedia, license cc-by-sa-2.5


American singer, guitarist and television presenter, best known for being a member of post-punk band The Fall (named after the novel by Albert Camus), and later as a UK TV fashion pundit.

Studying theatre and literature at Bennington College in Vermont in the 1970s, Smith Start formed a group, "Banda Dratsing", performing as bassist/vocalist and adopting the name "Brix" after The Clash's 1979 song "The Guns of Brixton."

Smith Start met The Fall vocalist Mark E. Smith at a Chicago concert in April 1983, and moved to his native United Kingdom, where they settled in Manchester and married in July of that year. She joined the group on guitar and vocals for the album Perverted by Language. Acknowledged for introducing a more mainstream, pop-orientated element to the group's sound, she remained in the group until her divorce from Smith in 1989. Smith rejoined for the recording and live promotion of the albums Cerebral Caustic (1995) and The Light User Syndrome (1996).

In 2014, she formed the band Brix & The Extricated with former The Fall members Steve Hanley and Paul Hanley. In May 2016, she published her memoir, The Rise, The Fall, And The Rise.

Smith Start married fashion entrepreneur Philip Start and in 2002 the couple opened boutique Start in East London. In recent years Smith Start has appeared as a fashion expert on various British television shows.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • compare to chart of Wolf, Naomi (born 12 November 1962). Notes: Born on same date in California


  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1989 (Mark E. Smith)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 3 May 2016 (Autobiography, "The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise")
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise" by Brix Smith Start (Faber & Faber, 2016): "I was born in Los Angeles, California, at the Cedars of Lebanon hospital at 8.30 in the morning, 12 November 1962. The name on my birth certificate said Laura Elisse Salenger." Same date, year and place in California Birth Index.


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Vocation : Beauty : Designer/ Fashion (Fashion expert)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (The Fall, 1983-1996)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Brix & The Extricated, 2014-)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (The Adult Net, 1985-1990)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Guitarist)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise")