La Santa Cecilia performed at Amoeba Hollywood on April 30. View more photos.
La Santa Cecilia performs two shows at Amoeba this week to celebrate their new album “Treinta Dias.” See them at Amoeba Hollywood on Tues 4/30 and at Amoeba San Francisco on Thurs 5/2. Both shows are free/all-ages & start at 6pm.
Las Cantantes…prints about the muxeres cantantes that inspire us.
I will be reading in Eagle Rock, CA at Occidental College THIS Wednesday, October 24th, 7:15pm, Fowler 302 Open to the Public!
Musician, writer, educator AND vagina-fascinator wearer!
Thrilled to be recognized as an Iconic Hispanic Angeleno. In History, no less!
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Alice doing a soundcheck
On August 16 I took a trip out to Anaheim, California to see punk rock legend Alice Bag read from her book Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, a Chicana Punk Story, and to also watch this chicana rock goddess perform.
I was able to meet and chat with this influencal woman prior to her inspiring performance. One of the questions asked was what MEChA chapter was she from as a youth. As I miss read an older ineterview and thought she was a MEChA member. But, Alice told me “MEChA did not let me join because of the way I dressed.”
Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, a Chicana Punk Story.
I first heard of this punker by the name of Alice Bag in the early 2000’s, but never had a chance to listen to her music until I came upon a website promoting the exhibition (I could no longer find website) ‘Vexing: Female Voices From East L.A. Punk’ traces the history and the legacy of a key era. That is when I went searching for The Bags music and came upon her song Violence Girl. The more I learned the more I was intriged about her and chicanos in punk. Having spent most of my time learning about the visual movement it was exciting to learn raza was involved in this music medium called “Punk Rock.”
Alice and her band pay tribute to punk rockers Pussy Riot
Photo courtesy of: Anita
One of the treats for me was when Alice did her soundcheck and covered Angel Baby by Rosie & The Originals. The intimate crowd stood up and took attention while this legend warmed up with an oldie but a goodie.
Having lured me in closer with a classic from the barrio, I found my way to a great spot close to the stage to watch this educator/feminist/writer, read excerpts from her autobiography and play some great tunes inbetween the excertps read of her book.
As she read from her book Violence Girl, I was able to learn about the many facets of this super mujer called, Alice Bag.
Alice Bag reading from the chapters of Violence Girl
Photo courtesy of: Anita
Prior to each song Alice played, the crowd and I were gifted with a story about chosen tune, and in one story the enamored crowd and I learned about her crushes on David Bowie and Elton John. That is when a punk cover of Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fightin,” was belted with such fireceness by this “Violence Girl”
After her performance Alice Bag did a Q&A, that is where I learned about the early days of Alice and the Bags. From why they performed with bags over their heads (equality), to her brief affiliation with the notorious Kim Fowley. I also learned on how their is no “official” Alice and the Bags studio album, only singles were released.
Punk Rock legend Alice Bag at her finest.
I would like to thank AAA ELECTRA 99 Gallery (phenomanal last event at Anaheim location) and the lovely Alice Bag for her performance, being awesome and inspriational. I purchased a book and poster at the event signed both by Alice for my collection.
I even was lucky enough to take a picture with this amazing Rocker.
Thank you Alice, ROCK ON!
More images at Chicano Art Movement Facebook
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I going to put this one under Chicano and Mexican-American pop culutre. I also think most of you westcoast Chicano’s would make Morrissey an honorary Chicano. I remember first hearing Morrissey/The Smiths music during my highschool days while going to flyer parties. And still on occasion I open up the ol’ iTunes and play some Morrissey/The Smiths.
The Video above is from Eastside Luv in Boyle Heights in Los Angeles, which has MorrisseyOKE a few times a year. Look at all the brown love for a British man. I have also seen a video interview where he says he loves Mexicans.
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This is a great performance by El Chicano on KCET. Enjoy!
El Chicano, formed in East Los Angeles in 1970 - the year of the Chicano Moratorium - was one of the more explicitly political groups from the scene. Their manifesto was much aligned with the Chicano activists - their album Revolución showed members of the band sitting alongside Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, revolutionary heroes to the movement.
In 1972, El Chicano stopped by the KCET studios to perform on the program Acción Chicano. Jesus Treviño - who earlier had produced and co-hosted 175 episodes of Chicano public affairs program Ahora! for KCET - created Acción Chicano as a reaction to the lack of Latino programming on public news outlets. KCET later helped to create the Latino Consortium, an organization aimed to share resources for airing Latino programming on public media outlets.
Sound Colour Vibration, a site dedicated to covering “timeless music, art and film from the past and present,” unearthed this YouTube gem of their performance of their song “El Grito.” (The clip is labeled 1971, but the program premiered in 1972 so it may be a case of mislabeling):
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Evil Ways - Santana [Live at Woodstock 1969]
Yes I know Carlos Santana is a born in Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico and is not Chicano.
But, he is part of Chicano and Mexican-American culture. As a kid I remember all my friends had the Santana Greatest Hits on cassette tape in their collection. What’s your favorite Santana song? Open iTunes up and play it.
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