In Books: Violence Girl

Saturday October 22
7 -10 PM, Free
Book Reading & Performance
Antebellum Gallery
1643 N. Las Palmas Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028


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-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.

– book signing & photo reception 7pm
– followed by live performance with Alice Bag
– photo exhibit by: DAWN WIRTH, LOUIS JACINTO
– in celebration of ALICE & THE BAGS, guests are encouraged to create their own bag and wear it to the event.
– there will be a BEST BAG CONTEST- winner will receive glamorous & special gifts!
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