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Michelle Habell-Pallán

Michelle Habell-Pallán, a professor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington, authored Loca Motion: The Travels of Chicana/Latina Popular Culture, guest-curated "American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music", co-facilitates the Women Who Rock Research and Digital Oral History Project and jams with Seattle Fandango Project.

Abstract:

"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.