Alice Bag

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The proximity of the East L.A. 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 L.A.’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-gir
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It Just Has To Be Good Enough For You

“I often say that I don’t consider myself a writer, because when I read authors that I like, I think ‘oh, I could never do that,’ you know... they’re artists. They do something that I feel I can’t do. But at the same time, I realize that what I’m doing is something that’s important for a lot of people. People need to understand that they don’t have to be the best writer to write, and it’s the s... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on April 18, 2015 13:35
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“What a waste my life would be without all the beautiful mistakes I've made.”
Alice Bag, Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, a Chicana Punk Story

“My sexuality is not an inferior trait that needs to be chaperoned by emotionalism or morality.”
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“If anyone hits me, they can expect to be hit back, and harder. I never turn the other cheek because in my experience that doesn’t work.”
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“Truthfully, if you want to remember me, do it now. I won’t give a shit when I’m dead.”
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“I am not a perfectionist…if you believe that your best is good enough, you will find happiness. The unknown can be exciting and full of opportunity but you have to be involved and you have to be able to evolve.”
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“Sifting through long forgotten stories of my childhood and writing on a daily basis, I became obsessed with following the threads of my memories, one leading to another. I start pulling on a single, seemingly trivial strand, only to discover it is attached to a longer strand; that one in turn is attached to an even bigger one. Sometimes, I find have tugged a whole, hidden tapestry of my past into view, one thread at a time.”
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“My sexuality is not an inferior trait that needs to be chaperoned by emotionalism or morality.”
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“I don’t want to accidentally end up looking back on my life to find that I’m ashamed of myself, I want to live a life I can be proud of.”
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Cherdan Helena Greetings, Miss Bag, thank you for accepting my friend request! :D
I just learned about you in a recent blog post on the excellent LA Weekly West Coast Sound music blog. Can't believe I'd never known of your greatness before.
I'm so dying to read your memoir but my library doesn't have it (in the whole *state*), and I there are no more bookstores left in my tiny town (after the closure of Borders), so I can't find it anywhere! I'm gonna try to get my library to order it. Anyway, you inspire me and are fabulous. Love


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