SOURCE: Feral House

September 27, 2011 16:57 ET

LA Punk Originator Alice Bag Releases Violence Girl Memoir

New Book From Feral House Chronicles the Feminist Punk Experience and the Birth of the LA Punk Scene From a Chicana Perspective

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 27, 2011) - Alice Bag was the lead singer of The Bags, the first female fronted punk band to play the Masque during the West Coast punk revolution of 1977. Violence Girl, From East LA Rage to Hollywood Stage is the story of her upbringing in East LA, her eventual migration to Hollywood and the euphoria and aftermath of the first punk wave. Violence Girl reveals how domestic abuse fueled her desire for female empowerment and sheds a new perspective on the origin of hardcore, a style most often associated with white suburban males.

The proximity of the East LA barrio to Hollywood is as close as a short drive on the 101 freeway, but the cultural divide is enormous. Born to Mexican-born and American-naturalized parents, Alicia Armendariz migrated a few miles west to participate in the free-range birth of the 1970s punk movement. Alicia adopted the punk name Alice Bag, and became lead singer for The Bags, early punk visionaries who starred in Penelope Spheeris' documentary The Decline of Western Civilization.

Here is a life of many crossed boundaries, from East LA's musica ranchera to Hollywood's punk rock, from a violent male-dominated family to female-dominated transgressive rock bands. Alice's feminist sympathies can be understood by the name of her satiric all-girl early Goth band Castration Squad. Violence Girl takes us from a violent upbringing to an aggressive punk sensibility; this time a difficult coming-of-age memoir culminates with a satisfying conclusion, complete with a happy marriage and children. Many personal photographs energize the text in remarkable ways.

Violence Girl, From East LA Rage to Hollywood Stage -- A Chicana Punk Story by Alice Bag is published by Feral House. ISBN: 978-1-936239-12-2 • 6 x 9 • 384 pages • $17.95 • Pub date: October 11, 2011 • An Original Feral House Paperback

Alice Bag's work and influence can be seen this year in the traveling Smithsonian exhibition "American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music." Visit for more information or follow Alice on Twitter at For more information on Violence Girl including excerpts and author photo visit Press inquiries please contact Jessica Peabody [].

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