I am still in awe of this amazing tattoo by @Saldamando for Marcus Kuiland-Nazario (someone I’ve always looked up to.) I can’t express how humbled and honored I am to have my image be a permanent part of Marcus’s body.
Staff at Pier One asking “did she just rearrange our furniture to take her holiday photos? Yes, yes she did.
I will be reading in Eagle Rock, CA at Occidental College THIS Wednesday, October 24th, 7:15pm, Fowler 302 Open to the Public!
Tuesday, October 23, 3-5pm
at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
909 West Adams Boulevard
The USC CFR | Center for Feminist Research Working Group on
The Politics of Popular Music presents:
Violence Girl and the Past, Present and Future of Queer/Punk Rage
Punk feminist, educator and author Alice Bag discusses her acclaimed memoir, *Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage-A Chicana Punk Story,* with Raquel Gutierrez (performer, impresario, and author of “The Barber of East L.A.”), and Nikki Darling, (author and music writer, L.A. Weekly, The Los Angeles Times).
CFR’s New Directions in Feminist Research Seminar offers scholars an opportunity to work collectively on linked projects, while creating public events that engage the broader feminist community of faculty and students at USC. This year’s seminar is on “The Politics of Popular Music,” and explores pop—the catchy, crass, infectious mass idiom—that makes us dance, sing along, and purportedly abandon our cares. For generations, across national and regional boundaries, popular music has also functioned as a barometer of dissent; as a call to rebellion, action and revolution for the disenfranchised. Historically, popular music has not only scored, but also incited transformative movements like national revolutions, as well as feminist, civil rights, and queer rebellions. This seminar explores the full range of popular music’s political, aesthetic and affective incarnations, from its uses as a cultural imperialist medium, to its reclamation by communities for whom it may not be intended.
Karen Tongson, Director (English and Gender Studies, Dornsife)
Micha Cardenas (IMAP, School of Cinematic Arts)
Edwin Hill (Comparative Literature, Dornsife)
Kara Keeling (Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts; ASE, Dornsife)
Josh Kun (Communication, Annenberg; ASE, Dornsife)
Shana Redmond (ASE, Dornsife)
Mina Yang (Music, Thornton)
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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Los Illegals performing “El Lay” from “Internal Exile”, their debut album on A&M Records.Shot in Hollywood, California during filming for a TV pilot. Original group- Willie Herron, Jesus “Xiuy” Velo, Manuel and Tony Valdez, and Bill Reyes- are still together, working with their production company Vex A.D.. Enjoy.
LOS ILLEGALS - EL LAY 1982
Here is ASCO founding member Willie Herron III with his punk band Los Illegals performing “El Lay.” You gotta love that 80’s look don’t you. That is Mr. Herron on vocals and on keyboard.