Alice Velasquez

Born Alicia Armendariz, Alice Velasquez was the lead singer of The Bags, the first female-fronted punk band to play the Masque, the underground club that was ground zero for the Hollywood punk scene during the 1977 West Coast punk revolution. She's performed with Castration Squad, Cholita, Quetzal, and numerous others. www.alicebag.com.



"Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, A Chicana Punk Story -- a D.I.Y. "Archiverista" Conversation"

This roundtable highlights Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage (Feral House, 2011), Alice Bag's new memoir. Violence Girl seizes the opportunity to explore within the Hollywood punk scene the relationship between women and the city and the relevance of Alice’s East L.A. community in her music making.

As a pioneering vocalists of the late seventies Hollywood punk scene, Alice Bag's influence is recognized by a wide range of sources, from Brendon Mullen's Live at the Masque: Nightmare in Punk Alley to American Sabor: U.S. Latinos in Popular Music (Smithsonian Institution, 2011). For 30 years, Alice has performed in numerous bands reaching acrossdivides of race and language in a collective pursuit freedom and equality via music.

With Alice accompanied by her guitar, the roundtable considers the 1970s Hollywood punk scene as a vehicle for entering, if temporarily, segregated social spaces, and as a space that nurtured a feminist-inspired humor as social critique. D.I.Y. archivist Sean Carrillo suggests that physical locations that spur creative communities can be as significant as the people within them. He considers the significance of the Masque, the center of the punk world in Los Angeles; the punk diner and headquarters known as the Atomic Café; the Catholic run cultural center that created the Vex, and finally Troy Café and how he and Alice Bag came to find heir place in these worlds. Michelle Habell-Pallan considers the power of archiving punk feminist memoirs and experiences for the digital humanities within and beyond the classroom.